Wikipedia, the largest online information resource has been running non-profit, without a single ad, since years and holds the position as one of the highest viewed sites on the web. But it runs on donations from people and organizations, as there are no options from which it has earned any revenue. Its a non-profit site for always.
Wikimedia Founder Jimmy Wales had written a personal appeal for donations, in the whole wikimedia network and on 31st December 2009, the target amount of $7.5 million was reached. Last year, only $6.2 million was collected but this year, the first day itself gave $430,000 from 13,000 people. Contributors and donators are finally realizing how big and important resource Wikipedia has been.
Update: As of December 31, 2009, we have reached our campaign goal of 7.5 million USD. Thank you to all who have donated! Your continued donations will support Wikimedia’s long-term operations and growth, cover contingencies, and allow us to fund new projects and activities.
The personal appeal to the web world included these points –
I started Wikipedia in 2001, and over the past eight years, I’ve been amazed and humbled to see hundreds of thousands of volunteers join with me to build the largest encyclopedia in human history.
Wikipedia isn’t a commercial website. It’s a community creation, entirely written and funded by people like you. More than 340 million people use Wikipedia every month – almost a third of the Internet-connected world. You are part of our community.
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization I created in 2003 to operate, grow, nurture, and protect Wikipedia. For ten million US dollars a year and with a staff of fewer than 35 people, it runs the fifth most-read website in the entire world. I’m asking for your help so we can continue our work.
Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s where we’re headed. And with your help, we will get there.
Wikipedia alone gets 340 million hits per month, and the whole foundation needs around $10 million to run in the non-profit way.