Help Keep Wikipedia Free

December 31, 2010

3:02 pm

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, wants you to know that as a volunteer he doesn’t get paid a cent and neither do the thousands of volunteer collaborators that help run the site.

In a post on the WikiMedia Foundation website, Wales makes a plea to users to keep Wikipedia free from advertising dollars and consider making a donation to the website.

From the post, Wales notes:

“Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn’t belong here. Not in Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is something special. It is like a library or a public park. It is like a temple for the mind. It is a place we can all go to think, to learn, to share our knowledge with others. It is a unique human project, the first of its kind in history. It is a humanitarian project to bring a free encyclopedia to every single person on the planet.”

Wikipedia has a worldwide audience of 400 million users. To date, $15.2 million has been raised toward a $16 million goal.

Today is the last day to make a tax-deductible donation for 2010. To donate any amount, click here: http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Keep_Wikipedia_Free

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Marla Shaivitz is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She’s interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. Follow Marla on Twitter at @marlashaivitz.

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