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Wikipedia raises more than $6m from donations to keep going

Antony Savvas

Wikipedia has raised more than $6m in donations to help pay for its operation until the end of its current financial year, ending June.

Jimmy Wales, founder of the non-profit online encyclopedia, told supporters, "Since 1 July, more than 125,000 of you have donated $4m. In addition, we have received major gifts and foundation support totalling $2m. This combined revenue will cover our operating expenses for the current fiscal year, ending 30 June 2009.

"Your donations makes you key supporters of the free culture movement."

The money will pay for:

* Day-to-day operations: servers, hosting, bandwidth, and a staff of 23.

* Continued development and improvements of open source software that powers all Wikimedia projects.

* Outreach events such as Wikipedia Academies: in-person workshops where attendees can learn more about how to use and edit Wikipedia.

* Volunteer support: helping the international volunteer community to grow.

The Wikipedia site was blocked for many users at the end of last year, after the Internet Watch Foundation asked ISPs to block an image of a naked pre-pubescent girl carried on a Scorpions heavy metal record album.

Wales was vocal in his opposition to the censorship and the IWF quickly reversed its block request on ISPs.


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