The free information-sharing site has met its goal of fundraising $6 million.
Wired PR News.com – Wikipedia proves successful in their efforts to fundraise $6 million for improving their site and making necessary upgrades to accommodate their mass amount of users. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization, which runs the site, reported $6.2 million had been raised for the fiscal 2008 year. Much of the money came in after an online posting by Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, asking for support. A purported $2 million was subsequently donated over the course of eight days in December, bringing the number of contributors to over 125,000 total.
Donations are stated to be essential for continued operation of the site, which does no advertising in accordance with outlined principles.
Wales in a posting for donors placed on Wikipedia, was quoted as thanking supporters by commenting “You have proven that Wikipedia matters to you, and that you support our mission: to bring free knowledge to the planet, free of charge and free of advertising.”
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