Ten years of sharing and learning (WMF 2012-13 Annual Report)

The Foundation’s 2012-13 Annual Report. Today we’re pleased to release the latest annual report from the Wikimedia Foundation. The 2012-13 Annual Report celebrates “Ten years of sharing and learning,” and marks the decade milestone of the Foundation with over 20 quotes and insights we heard from within the movement over…

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A farewell letter from Jay Walsh, Communications Director

Dear Wikimedia friends, Staff portrait of Jay Walsh I recently stepped down from my role as Senior Director, Communications at the Wikimedia Foundation. That was simultaneously a scary and exhilarating decision. I started working with the Wikimedia Foundation in January 2008, when, under Sue Gardner’s leadership, a handful of folks…

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Ten years of supporting free knowledge

Ten years ago today, on June 20, 2003, Jimmy Wales announced the founding of the Wikimedia Foundation. He entrusted the new nonprofit with the operation of Wikipedia, launched two and a half years prior. Wales recalled the early days of Wikipedia and marveled that it has grown to be such…

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Wikimedia UK and Wikimedia Foundation announce the release of Compass Partnership report

Today the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia UK  are announcing the release of the final report and recommendations regarding the governance of the Wikimedia UK chapter. The report was completed by Compass Partnership, consultants in non-profit management based in the UK. The report was commissioned jointly by the Foundation and Wikimedia…

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Wikimedia Foundation’s 2011-12 Annual Report

Today we’re excited to launch the Wikimedia Foundation’s latest Annual Report. This year marks the fifth edition of our Annual Report, which focuses on the achievements and core work of the preceding fiscal year (2011-12), and gives us a chance to recognize the amazing contributions of our volunteers and the…

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Joint statement from Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia UK

Over the past six months, a Wikimedia UK trustee led two Wikipedia-related projects, Monmouthpedia and Gibraltarpedia, in a way that seemed to some observers to blur his roles as a Wikimedia UK trustee, a paid consultant for the projects’ government partners, and an editor of the English Wikipedia. This raised…

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Wikimedia Foundation’s Sue Gardner named to World’s Most Powerful Women list by Forbes

We are very excited to share the news that Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner was named to the Worlds 100 Most Powerful Women list by Forbes Magazine yesterday. Citing her role in transforming the Wikimedia Foundation from a small non-profit into a thriving organization with over 120 employees, a complex…

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Recent events with Russian Wikipedia

On Tuesday, July 10, the Russian Wikipedia community made a decision to blackout their project for 24 hours to protest a piece of legislation before the Russian Duma. The legislation, which has since been passed (although with important amendments) could threaten the mission of the Wikimedia projects in Russia –…

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Open Education Week starts on Monday, March 5th

The first annual Open Education Week will take place next week from March 5-10, both online and in locally hosted events around the world. Open Education Week is organized by the OpenCourseWare Consortium, which is a community of more than 250 universities and organizations worldwide. Creative Commons, one of the…

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Wikimedia Foundation voted #1 Global NGO by the Global Journal

Today the Global Journal, a Geneva-based publication focusing on issues facing global businesses, NGOs, and public sector workers announced that the Wikimedia Foundation was at the very top of their list of the 100 best NGOs. The Journal pointed out that the Foundation is “changing the world with an idea:…

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