Fundraising

Wikimedia Foundation Now Accepts Bitcoin

We’re fortunate that millions of people all over the world support the work of the Wikimedia Foundation through donations. It has always been important to the Foundation to make sure donating is as simple and inclusive as possible. Currently, we accept 13 different payment methods enabling donations from nearly every…

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Wikimedia Foundation launches tenth-annual online fundraising campaign

The Wikimedia Foundation has kicked off its tenth-annual year-end fundraising campaign with donation banners visible at the top of Wikipedia. Online fundraising brings in the resources needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language, and guarantees that Wikipedia will never have…

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In Wikipedia, a roadmap to life

At the age of 25, Chelsea Rapp has a Bachelors of Science degree in molecular genetics and a Bachelor of Arts in German language and literature. Currently she’s pursuing her Ph.D in retroviral genetics at the University of Maryland Baltimore. By most accounts, she is an accomplished individual, but for…

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Changes to the Wikimedia Foundation Fundraising Team

I’m sorry to tell you that Zack Exley has decided he wants to leave the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), although I am glad to say he’s planning to continue contributing his prodigious creative and analytic talents to our fundraising. As of August 30, Zack will no longer be Chief Revenue Officer,…

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IBM Research donates AAAI Feigenbaum Prize for Watson to the Wikimedia Foundation

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) has chosen IBM Research’s Watson team as the recipient of the 2013 Feigenbaum Prize. Watson is recognized as one of the most impressive results of AI research in the past several years, famously winning in the quiz show Jeopardy! against former grand champions Brad Rutter…

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The faces behind the numbers: reviewing the 2012 Wikimedia Deutschland Fundraiser

Wikimedia Deutschland, the official Wikimedia Chapter in Germany, is the largest chapter fundraiser in the Wikimedia movement. This report of the 2012 fundraiser in Germany expands on the Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser report published this week on the Wikimedia Blog. The original blog post in German can be found here In this…

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Wikimedia Foundation releases detailed report on 2012 fundraiser

We are very happy with the success of the 2012 Wikipedia fundraiser, which has demonstrated the amazing support Wikipedia readers feel for the free encyclopedia. From July 2012 to April 2013, more than 2 million people donated approximately $35 million USD to the Wikimedia Foundation to support the online encyclopedia…

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Intro to the statistics of A/B testing with Wikimedia fundraising banners

The Wikimedia fundraising team relies on A/B testing to increase the efficiency of our fundraising banners. We raise millions of dollars to cover the expense of serving Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia sites. We don’t want to run fundraising banners all year round, we want to run them for as…

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Wikimedia Foundation raises $25 million in record time during 2012 fundraiser

The Wikimedia Foundation is happy to announce the successful completion of our ninth annual fundraising campaign in record time. Wikipedia readers donated $25 million and once again affirmed the value of the project by guaranteeing that the online encyclopedia will remain ad-free. Donations help the Wikimedia Foundation maintain server infrastructure,…

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The Impact of Wikipedia: visual storytelling

(This video is part of a series produced for this year’s Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser. You can also view this video on Youtube.) A montage video, Impact of Wikipedia, part of a series showcasing Wikimedians. Every year for a handful of weeks in November and December, the Wikimedia Foundation has traditionally asked Wikipedia…

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