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 303 employees to support a wide variety of projects, making your donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.
Wikipedia shouldn’t work.
It’s the 5th most popular website in the world, but it’s run by a tiny non-profit -- about as bare-bones as you can get. Compare us to the other top sites:
- Google: 1,000,000 servers, 24,000 employees.
- Facebook: 60,000 servers, 2,000 employees.
- Microsoft: 220,000 servers, 90,000 employees.
- Yahoo: 50,000 servers, 13,900 employees.
- Wikipedia: 370 servers, 73 employees
The difference between the Wikipedia community and huge Internet corporations is that Wikipedia is built on the generosity of its readers, and the volunteer labor of its contributors. It’s the fulfillment of the great dream of what the Internet was supposed to be.
And it seems to me like a dream worth keeping alive.
Every year we ask our readers to pitch in $5, $10 or $20 to pay the bills. Every year just enough people donate to keep us going. Please jump in this year and become a Wikipedia donor.
Wikipedia is a place where your donation gets multiplied and leapfrogged upon by the effort of thousands of volunteers; where the fruits of your generosity go far beyond your individual act alone.
Thanks for helping out,