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Transparency is core to our organization. The Wikimedia Foundation develops our annual plan and operating budget through open processes, which are subject to feedback from our volunteer editor communities and Board approval. This is where our annual plans and financial reports are available.

43% Direct support to websites

Keeping the Wikimedia websites online is about more than just servers. It also includes ongoing engineering improvements, product development, design and research, and legal support.

32% Direct support to communities

The Wikimedia projects exist thanks to the communities that create and maintain them. We strengthen these communities through grants, projects, trainings, tools to augment contributor capacity, and support for the legal defense of editors.

13% Administration and governance

We manage funds and resources responsibly to recruit and support skilled, passionate staff who advance our communities and values.

12% Fundraising

Wikimedia is sustained by donations. Millions of remarkable individuals and institutions ensure that we have the necessary resources to continue our global mission.

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Nonprofit organizations across the world are vibrant and diverse with wide ranging missions and objectives. One thing that ties them together is the goal of fundraising and awareness – something each organization approaches differently. At the Wikimedia Foundation, your generous donations help us maintain our independence, serve our diverse and global community, and––unlike many other….

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Wikimedia Foundation reaches $100 million Endowment goal as Wikipedia celebrates 20 years of free knowledge

22 September 2021, San Francisco, CA, USA — The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, today announced that the Wikimedia Endowment has reached its initial $100 million fundraising goal ahead of schedule. This early achievement is a testament to the generosity of Endowment donors around the world and provides enduring….

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