Wikimedia UK raises £500,000 in shortest fundraiser ever


Every year the Wikimedia movement sets a fundraising goal that it knows will be a stretch. They have to do it, because the Wikimedia websites and movement keep growing. Wikipedia is now the fifth most-visited website in the world, but our staff, infrastructure and budget are just a fraction of that of any other top 10 website.

Every year, the world comes together to support Wikipedia and its sister sites. But this year is a little more incredible than most because this year we celebrate Wikipedia’s tenth anniversary. It’s so important that we kick the year off just like this: by fully funding Wikimedia UK’s budget to support Wikipedia and all the sister projects as we head into the next decade of our work together.

This year Wikimedia UK raised more in the United Kingdom than has ever been achieved, raising £500000 in the shortest fundraiser ever.

We’ve got a few more statistics for you:

  • Over 30,000 donations to Wikimedia UK.
  • Almost 630,000 donations to whole Wikimedia movement world-wide.
  • Two of the largest fundraising days in Wikipedia history.
  • Average UK donation size: about £18.

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. The contribution of a technology worker in Mumbai, India joins with the contribution of a stock broker from London, and of a student in Moscow, and the result is that we’re able to sustain and support this joint endeavor for another year.

From the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the more than 100,000 active volunteers,
thank you.

Wikimedia UK
P.S. If you haven’t yet made a contribution, it’s not too late. Click here to donate.