Donations to the Wikimedia Foundation help sustain free knowledge on Wikipedia and our ecosystem of Wikimedia projects. Your contributions ensure these resources remain accessible and valuable for millions of people around the world. Thank you.

 

Our operating budget

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 how we spent funds received from donors in the last 18 months.

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.

28% 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.

14% 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.

3% Supporting the free knowledge movement

Wikimedia is part of a larger free knowledge movement. Part of our operating expenditure supports policy, advocacy, education, and partnerships to strengthen and further access to open knowledge.

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