The Brin Wojcicki Foundation, established by Google's co-founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe co-founder as well as his wife Anne Wojcicki, have donated $500,000 to The Wikimedia Foundation which runs Wikipedia.
This week the eighth annual fundraising of the Wikimedia Foundation kicked off. This organization is based in San Francisco and it is basically an audited, 501(c)(3) charity funded via grants and donations.
Executive director at Wikimedia Foundation, Sue Garden said today that, "This grant is an important endorsement of the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and I hope it will send a signal as we kick off our annual fundraising campaign this week," reported VentureBeat.
If reports published by comScore are to be believed then Wikipedia as well as Wikimedia Foundation websites receives 477 million+ unique visitors every month. The Wikimedia Foundation sites are 5th largest property on the internet together.
Wikipedia supports more than 280 languages and has more than 20 million articles supplied by a global volunteer community of over 100,000 people. Still, about the organization, Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia in his pledge drive appeal, wrote that, "Google might have close to a million servers. Yahoo has something like 13,000 staff. We have 679 servers and 95 staff."