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Wikimedia Foundation Announces $2 Million Grant From Google

The Wikimedia Foundation (http://wikimediafoundation.org), the nonprofit that operates Wikipedia, announced that it has received a $2 million grant from the Google, Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. This is the Wikimedia Foundation's first grant from Google. The funds will support core operational costs of the Wikimedia Foundation, including investments in technical infrastructure to support rapidly increasing global traffic and capacity demands. The funds will also be used to support the organization's efforts to make Wikipedia easier to use and more accessible.

Wikipedia founder and Wikimedia Foundation board member, Jimmy Wales, commented on the Google gift. "We are very pleased and grateful. This is a wonderful gift, and we celebrate it as recognition of the long-term alignment and friendship between Google and Wikimedia. Both organizations are committed to bringing high quality information to hundreds of millions of individuals every day, and to making the Internet better for everyone."

The two organizations have a long-standing working relationship. Most recently, Google and the Wikimedia Foundation have partnered to support translation of Wikipedia content into key languages with relatively small Wikipedia editions. Google's Translation Toolkit supports direct online translation of Wikipedia articles, and has been used by Google in Wikipedia translation pilot projects with speakers of Arabic, Hindi, and Swahili.

Wikimedia's support comes primarily from individual donations made by regular users of Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation completed its 2009-2010 fundraiser in January. During the drive, 240,000 individuals donated more than $8 million, representing three-quarters of its planned revenue for the fiscal year.

Source: Wikimedia Foundation



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