Where your donation goes
Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, development.
Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it
runs on a fraction of what other top websites
- People: The
other top 10 websites have thousands of
employees. We have fewer than 100 employees,
making your donation a great investment in a
highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.
Google might have close to a
million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff.
We have 400 servers and 95 staff.
Wikipedia is the #5 site on the
web and serves 454 million different people every month
– with billions of page views.
Commerce is fine. Advertising
is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in
Wikipedia is something special.
It is like a library or a public park. It is like a
temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to
think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others.
When I founded Wikipedia, I
could have made it into a for-profit company with
advertising banners, but I decided to do something
different. We’ve worked hard over the years to keep it
lean and tight. We fulfill our mission, and leave waste
If everyone reading this
donated $20, we would only have to fundraise for one day
a year. But not everyone can or will donate. And that's
fine. Each year just enough people decide to give.
This year, please consider
making a donation of $5, $20, $50 or whatever you can to
protect and sustain Wikipedia.