A year ago I left Harvard, an educational institution with 300 endowed chairs, for a summer job at Wikipedia -- and they didn’t have any chairs.
Where your donation goes
- Technology: Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, development. Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it runs on a fraction of what other top websites spend.
- People and projects: The other top 10 websites have thousands of employees. We have 311 employees to support a wide variety of projects, making your donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.
They had just rented a second floor, after adding their 45th employee. But the chairs hadn’t arrived. They were hunched at wobbly folding tables.
Google has one million servers. Yahoo has 13,000 staff. We have 400 servers and 73 staff. Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it runs on the change that people scrape from their couches.
Please pitch in -- $5, $10, $20 or whatever you can. Every cent you give will go right back to our community, for technology, legal assistance, or outreach.
At Harvard, I was working on a PhD so that I could go on to be a professor at a big university. But I couldn’t leave Wikipedia, because every day I was inspired by the passion and curiosity of the people here who don’t want to keep knowledge shelved in a library or a university, but want to put it out there for everybody on the planet to use.
On Wikipedia, there’s not a single advertisement -- and there never will be -- because that could bias the information in our articles. We’re able to keep it ad-free thanks to the one or two out of every thousand readers who donate. We need a few more today. With your small donation we can keep the content free, unadulterated, uncommercialized and on the web forever.
Wikimedia Foundation Staffer
PS: I eventually did get a chair.