Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
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Founded June 20, 2003; 14 years ago (2003-06-20)
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Founder Jimmy Wales
Type 501(c)(3), charitable organization
20-0049703 [1]
Focus Free, open-content, wiki-based Internet projects
Area served
Products Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage
Key people
Christophe Henner, chair of the board [3]
Katherine Maher, executive director
  • Negative increase US$ 65.9 million (2016)
  • 52.6 million (2015) [4]
~280 staff/contractors (as of September 23, 2017) [5]

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF, or simply Wikimedia) is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. [6] It is mostly known for participating in the Wikimedia movement. It owns the internet domain names of most movement projects and hosts sites like Wikipedia. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sister projects through non-profit means. [7] [8]

As of 2015, the foundation employs over 280 people, with annual revenues in excess of US$75 million. [9] Christophe Henner is chair of the board. [10] Katherine Maher is the executive director since March 2016.


The Wikimedia Foundation has stated its goal is to develop and maintain open content, wiki-based projects and to provide the full contents of those projects to the public free of charge. [11] Another main objective of the Wikimedia Foundation is political advocacy. [12]

The Wikimedia Foundation was granted section 501(c)(3) status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Code as a public charity in 2005. [13] Its National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) code is B60 ( Adult, Continuing education). [14] [15] The foundation's by-laws declare a statement of purpose of collecting and developing educational content and to disseminate it effectively and globally. [16]

Other Languages
Alemannisch: Wikimedia
azərbaycanca: Vikimedia Fondu
Bahasa Banjar: Wikimedia Foundation
Bân-lâm-gú: Wikimedia
Basa Banyumasan: Wikimedia Foundation
башҡортса: Викимедиа фонды
беларуская: Фонд Вікімедыя
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Фундацыя «Вікімэдыя»
български: Уикимедия
čeština: Nadace Wikimedia
dansk: Wikimedia
Ελληνικά: Ίδρυμα Wikimedia
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Wikimedia Foundation
føroyskt: Wikimedia
Gaelg: Wikimedia
Gàidhlig: Wikimedia
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Wikimedia
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়া মণিপুরী: উইকিপিডিয়া:বনক প্রকল্পহানি
Bahasa Indonesia: Wikimedia Foundation
interlingua: Wikimedia
íslenska: Wikimedia
Kapampangan: Katatagan Wikimedia
къарачай-малкъар: Викимедиа фонд
Latina: Vicimedia
Lëtzebuergesch: Wikimedia
მარგალური: ფონდი ვიკიმედია
Bahasa Melayu: Wikimedia Foundation
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Wikimedia
молдовеняскэ: Викимедия
Nedersaksies: Wikimedia Foundation
norsk nynorsk: Wikimedia
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Vikimedia Jamgʻarmasi
português: Wikimedia
Runa Simi: Wikimedia
русиньскый: Фонд Вікімедія
саха тыла: Wikimedia
संस्कृतम्: विकिमीडिया
Simple English: Wikimedia Foundation
slovenščina: Fundacija Wikimedia
Soomaaliga: Wikimedia
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Wikimedia Foundation
татарча/tatarça: Викимедиа Фонды
українська: Фонд Вікімедіа
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ۋىكىپېدىيە ۋەخپى
vepsän kel’: Vikimedii
Tiếng Việt: Wikimedia Foundation
Xitsonga: Wikimedia
Yorùbá: Wikimedia
žemaitėška: Vikimedėjė