Small Charity Week – celebrating the big impact of small charities

By George Colbourn, Fundraising Development Coordinator at Wikimedia UK This year, Wikimedia UK is taking part in ‘Small Charity Week’, an annual event to celebrate the contributions made by the small charity sector to individuals, communities and causes across the country. From the 14th-19th of June 2021, we will be joining other charities with a revenue of… read more »

Introducing George Colbourn – our new Fundraising Development Coordinator

In January we started the year as we mean to go on, by ensuring that Wikimedia UK is sustainable for the future. We grew our fundraising capacity by recruiting George Colbourn for the newly created role of Fundraising Development Coordinator. George joins our Development and Communications Team, headed by Natasha Iles, and accompanied by Katie Crampton… read more »

Wikimedia UK response to Wikimedia Foundation funding allocation

This post was written by D’Arcy Myers, Wikimedia UK interim Chief Executive As the interim CEO for Wikimedia UK I would like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers and staff of the FDC for their work in assessing the annual grant applications. I understand that a huge amount of work is required, and… read more »

Remember a Charity in Your Will Week

This post was written by Wikimedia UK’s fundraising team This week is “Remember a Charity in Your Will Week“.  Wikimedia UK supports this national campaign to encourage this type of giving; Remember a Charity was set up in 2001 to address the fact that while 74% of the UK population support charities, only 6% currently leave… read more »

Wikimedia UK is now a member of the Fundraising Standards Board

This post was written by Katherine Bavage, Wikimedia UK Fundraising Manager ‘Imagine a world in which every single human being is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That’s what we’re doing…” These are the words used by Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, that have historically inspired readers over the years… read more »

Wikimedia Foundation launches tenth-annual online fundraising campaign to support Wikipedia

Wikipedia users in the UK will have noticed the appearance of fundraising banners across the site. This is because the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, has just launched our tenth-annual year-end fundraising campaign. The online fundraising campaign aims to raise $20 million globally, while the remainder of the Wikimedia… read more »

Wikimedia Foundation begins its annual Wikipedia banner fundraiser

UK-based users of Wikipedia will notice fundraising banners across the site for the next few weeks as the Wikimedia Foundation begins its annual fundraising appeal. The annual fundraiser brings in the resources needed to keep the Wikimedia projects freely available to everyone around the world in their own language, and guarantees that Wikipedia will never… read more »

Wikimedia UK welcomes Katherine to the team

We are really pleased to introduce our latest member of staff Katherine Bavage to the Wikimedia community as the Fundraising Organiser of Wikimedia UK. Katherine’s role will be to coordinate work around the annual fundraiser, and work with volunteers to expand opportunities to attract fundraising for projects in partnership with other organisations. She brings to the role her fundraising… read more »

Wikimedia UK raises over £1 million

Wikimedia UK is delighted to announce that it has raised over £1 million in the recent annual Wikimedia fundraiser. This is our highest ever fundraising total – a truly remarkable 81% increase on the £560,000 raised in Autumn 2010. Over 43,000 people contributed. This year also saw the widest variety of fundraising messages. Alongside fundraising… read more »

Wikimedia UK raises £500,000 in shortest fundraiser ever

Incredible. 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… read more »