Wikimedia Foundation Raises $25 Million in a 9-day Fund-raiser

Wikimedia ran this year’s fund raiser in English in the Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the US. Announcing the closure of this year’s annual fund-raiser through a blog post, Wikimedia foundation stated that the money collected will be used to improve the MediaWiki software as well as improve its server infrastructure, “and make Wikipedia accessible globally to billions of people who are just beginning to access the internet.”

As compared to last year’s fund-raiser, which got completed in 46 days, this year’s was completed in just nine days. The Foundation also revealed that one of the most successful 24-hour period brought in over $2.3 million from just 145,573 donors. “The most-successful 24-hour period for donations this year brought in $2,365,564 million from 145,573 donors”, noted the foundation.

The Foundation used the header section of Wikipedia pages to request donations and it is going to use the same format to host another round of short fund-raising in April 2013. If you are into budgeting and good with numbers head on to Wikimedia Foundation’s 2011-2012 Annual report [pdf].

The Foundation has revealed that there are a total of 80,000 volunteers – editors, photographers and free-knowledge advocates globally who regularly contribute to projects run by Wikimedia. The Foundation is profiling some of the contributors by running a thank you campaign.