HAND Highlight: Wikimedia Foundation


This week the HAND Foundation would like to highlight the Wikimedia Foundation. We all know Wikipedia, the world's free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. Wikipedia attracts more than 15 billion page views each month. Every month roughly 80,000 people edit Wikipedia and its sister projects, collectively creating, improving, and maintaining its more than 35 million articles across hundreds of languages -- this all makes Wikipedia one of the most popular web properties in the world. Have you ever noticed Wiki does not have ads? What some do not know is how Wikipedia pays for their site.

The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that supports and operates Wikipedia and its sister projects. Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants. The Foundation enables Wikipedia and sister sites to run smoothly, obtain roughly 7,000 new articles every day, keep the site neutral, fact-based with relevant information and even to have editors help with language barriers.