WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION RAISES $20 MILLION THROUGH ONLINE FUNDRAISING APPEAL

The San Francisco-based Wikimedia Foundation has announced that it raised $20 million through its annual online campaign to support the expansion and improvement of Wikipedia, the Associated Pressreports.

More than a million people made a donation to the campaign — which accounts for the majority of Wikimedia’s revenue — generating 33 percent more than the foundation’s year-end appeal in 2010. While Wikipedia is more popular than ever, the number of volunteers working on the site peaked at nearly 100,000 a year ago and has fallen some 10 percent since then. By upgrading its editing software, hiring more engineers, and upgrading its mobile tools, Wikipedia management hopes to double the number of editors working on the site to 200,000 and produce 50 million articles in 2012.

Bolstered by the success of the campaign, the foundation also is confident it can hit its fundraising target of $29.5 million for the current fiscal year, which ends on June 30. That figures represents a 19 percent increase over its fiscal year 2010 total.

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