If you’re a regular to Wikipedia you might have noticed the donation appeals from founder Jimmy Wales scattered around the page. These images tend to stick out a bit more than your average web ad because the service is not only famous for being free, but free from the usual advertising clutter found on most sites.
The goal of $16 million was an ambitious one, but we are happy to report we now have confirmation that the world’s collective encyclopedia has met its target and will live on for another year. According to Wales more than 500,000 donations were made during the drive with an average size of $22.
"This year is a little more incredible than most because this year we celebrate Wikipedia's tenth anniversary," Wales wrote. "It's so important that we kick the year off just like this: by fully funding the Wikimedia Foundation's budget to support Wikipedia and all the sister projects as we head into the next decade of our work together. This fundraiser had all the ingredients of what we love about Wikimedia projects: people come together, contribute what they have, and together we do something amazing," Wales wrote. He also pointed out that it's not too late to pitch in.
$16 million is a lot of cash but you have to admit, when you consider the bandwidth bill they must be paying each month it doesn’t sound like Wales or anyone at the Wikimedia foundation is squandering resources.