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Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/25/2014: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION INC

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Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/25/2014: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION INC

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Physical Address: Washington, DC 20090 8204
EIN: 20-0049703
Web URL: www.wikimediafoundation.org 
Blog URL: blog.wikimedia.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A30 Media, Communications Organizations
Ruling Year: 2005 
How This Organization Is Funded: Community Gifts - $6,500,000
Foundation - $1,800,000
Major Gifts - $1,000,000


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Mission Statement

Through Wikipedia and its sister projects, the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation is to empower people around the world to collect and develop knowledge under a free license, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of projects and endeavors which serve this mission.

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Sue Gardner is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. In her first year with Wikimedia, Gardner relocated the organization to San Francisco, more than doubled its revenues and instituted ambitious new programming goals to increase reach, quality and participation. Gardner, a seasoned journalist, was formerly head of CBC.CA, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, one of Canada's most prominent and best-loved cultural institutions. Under her leadership, CBC.CA won many international awards for excellence, and grew to become Canada's most popular news site. Gardner started her career in 1990 as a producer with CBC's “As It Happens,” an internationally-recognized groundbreaking news and current events radio program. She has since worked in radio, television, newspapers, magazines and online.

Leadership Statement:

The Wikimedia Foundation is the organization behind Wikipedia, the world’s largest and most popular encyclopedia, and the only website in the global top 5 that’s run by a non-profit. Its impact is enormous: more than a quarter of a billion people read Wikipedia every month, and I can’t turn on the TV, cross the street or go out for dinner without hearing someone talking about it. Wikipedia has proven that mass volunteer collaboration can create real social value: people will participate in large numbers, out of sheer goodwill and helpfulness, to develop great educational material that other people want and use. Beyond supporting the organization’s continuing development, our goals for the next year will be to broaden participation, increase quality, and support efforts to disseminate our free educational content to people without Internet access.

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Program: Operate free education websites, including Wikipedia (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

The Wikimedia Foundation operates the fourth most popular web property world-wide, Wikipedia.org.  In addition to Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation also operates Wikimedia Commons, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikiquote, Wikispecies, and a number of related websites. The Wikimedia Foundation owns and administers the computing infrastructure allowing these projects to exist. It also makes available public copies of all content contributed to Wikimedia projects.

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As of May 2009, Wikipedia serves more than 315 million unique visitors every month, according to comScore. It is the most comprehensive reference work ever compiled in human history, written by hundreds of thousands of volunteers, and available in more than 250 language editions. In addition to the direct access to Wikimedia's website, content from Wikimedia projects is also re-used in numerous ways, ranging from online mirrors by third parties to offline distribution on DVDs, USB sticks, computers of educational institutions, and so on. This is possible due to Wikimedia's policy to allow free re-use of Wikimedia content.

Program: Support and grow the Wikimedia volunteer community (GuideStar Exchange,
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The Wikimedia Foundation fosters the development of international Wikimedia chapter organizations, advises and facilitates various volunteer activities, develops training materials and resources, and other programs to engage and support existing volunteers and recruit new participants.

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The Wikimedia community has managed to scale across many different languages and countries. This is in significant part due to the support that the Wikimedia Foundation has provided for developing structures of international participation. For example, as of July 2009, there are 24 recognized Wikimedia chapter organizations. These are independent, primarily volunteer-run non-profit organizations promoting the cause of Wikimedia within a specific geographic region. The Wikimedia Foundation supports these chapters with grants, advice, and various resources. Wikimedia chapters have pioneered various events, such as "Wikipedia Academies", typically one or two-day events where an audience is introduced to the Wikimedia world, as well as specific workshops designed for schools, universities, and other target audiences. Wikimedia chapters also play a leadership role in developing partnerships with cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. For example, Wikimedia Germany has negotiated the release of more than 250,000 copyrighted photographs from German archives under free content licensing.

Program: Support Wikimania conference (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$172,662
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Program Description:

The Wikimedia Foundation supports the execution of an annual international conference, Wikimania, which brings together Wikimedia volunteers and interested newcomers in a single location. Typically attended by 400-600 people, Wikimania is the largest international wiki-focused event in the world. It has been organized in Frankfurt, Germany (2005); Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA (2006); Taipei, Taiwan (2007); and Alexandria, Egypt (2008). Wikimania conferences are planned for Buenos Aires, Argentina (2009) and Gdansk, Poland (2010). In addition to providing financial support for the conference (which is organized by a local planning team and international volunteers), the Wikimedia Foundation funds and administers travel scholarships for volunteers.

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Wikimania has brought hundreds of people from around the world together to discuss topics which are hardly discussed in any other forum: how online collaboration can help to bridge the digital divide, how content quality in open wiki environments can be increased, how wiki technology can continue to innovate, what emergent social norms can be observed in wiki communities, and so forth. They have also been used to conduct direct workshops and training sessions on subjects such as image editing, software development, article writing, etc.

Program: Develop and improve collaboration technologies (GuideStar Exchange,
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$469,760
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Program Description:

The Wikimedia Foundation employs staff developers and contractors to help improve and maintain the software that supports all Wikimedia projects. All software development is open source and open to external contributors, and the software can be re-used by anyone for any purpose. The core software is called MediaWiki. Through these improvements, the Wikimedia Foundation has been able to add key functionality to Wikipedia over the years, such as quality assurance tools, improvements to the user interface, improvements to multimedia handling, print-on-demand functionality, etc. It has also integrated numerous volunteer-developed features and enhancements. In 2009, the Wikimedia Foundation launched a large-scale usability initiative funded through a restricted gift of $890,000.

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The success of the Wikimedia free knowledge projects is in many ways dependent on Wikimedia's ability to maintain and improve the underlying technology. But in addition to the proof of Wikimedia's own success, the adoption of the MediaWiki software by thousands of other companies and organizations, including government organizations, as a standard technology for building collaborative knowledge databases underscores the trust that is placed in Wikimedia as a maintainer of the software, and the impact that its activities are achieving around the world, far beyond Wikimedia's own web properties.
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The Wikimedia Foundation's general operational activities are mapped to its key objectives: to increase and broaden participation in collaborative, volunteer-driven production of educational content; to improve the quality of free educational information; and to distribute educational content to the greatest number of people possible, worldwide, on accessible media.
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