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Knowledge is power. Help keep it free!

The Wikimedia Foundation and all its projects are growing at a rate faster than we ever dreamed. alone gets 800 million hits a day, making it one of the top 50 websites in the world. That means that people everywhere are turning to our projects—Wikipedia, Wikibooks, Wikinews, Wiktionary, Wikisource, Wikiquote, and the Wikimedia Commons—as a reliable source of information and knowledge.

Our projects continue to grow rapidly, thanks to all the contributors and users who believe that knowledge is power, and knowledge should be free. To achieve that goal, we need your help. More and more servers have to be added to keep up with the growing demand. Hosting costs, travel expenses and basic office and administrative expenses also need to be covered. Critical changes to the MediaWiki software that runs our projects in their many languages is needed to ensure they remain quick, accessible, and ad-free.

We are turning to you again to help make this happen. It is your donations that allow us to continue to grow and to improve our content. To meet our needs for this quarter alone, the Wikimedia Foundation needs upwards of $200,000. This may seem like a lot, but every little bit helps—most of our donations are $20 or less. Donations can be made in the currency of your choice. Donations to the Wikimedia Foundation are tax deductible in the United States. In Germany, similarly donations to the Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. are also deductible. Thank you for your generosity!

Jimmy Wales and the Wikimedia Team

Note: This fund drive will be held from Friday 19 August to Friday 9 September 2005.