Kort fortalt, kva er Wikipedia? Og kva er Wikimedia?Edit
Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) er verdas største og mest populære oppslagsverk. Det ligg på nettet, er gratis å bruke til alt det ein måtte ønska, og er fritt for reklame. Wikipedia inneheld over 47 millionar dugnadskrivne artikler på over 298 ulike språk, og blir besøkt av over 430 millionar kvar månad, noko som gjer det til ein av dei mest populære nettstadene i verda.
Wikipedia er laga gjennom samarbeid som millionar av menneske har lagt til og endra på gjennom dei siste ti åra: kven som helst kan endra, kva tid som helst. Det har blitt den største samlinga av delt kunnskap i menneskesoga. Dei som støtter det er sameinte i det at dei er levande opptekne av læring, intellektuelt nyfikne, og vakne for at me alle veit mykje meir saman enn nokon av oss gjer åleine.
Wikimedia Foundation er ein veldedig organisasjon som driv Wikipedia og andre frie kunnskapsprosjekt. Til saman er desse sidene den femte mest vitja nettstaden i verda. Wikimedia Foundation har kontor i San Francisco i California i USA, og er som veldedig organisasjon friteken (sidan april 2005) frå skatt etter seksjon 501(c)(3) av US Internal Revenue code. Du kan sjå over brevet om skattefritak og dei økonomiske årsrapportane.
Vårt oppdrag er å opna for eit verdsomspennande frivillig samfunn for å samla og fostra verdas kunnskap og gjera det tilgjengeleg til alle, gratis, for kva føremål som helst. Me arbeider saman med eit nettverk av lokale organisasjonar i mange ulike land for å nå dette målet.
Kva går pengane mine til om eg donerer til Wikimedia?Edit
Pengar du gjev går til å løna tilsette og til teknologi. Sjølv om Wikipedia og dei tilknytte prosjekta har over 430 millionar vitjarar kvar månad, har Wikimedia berre ein stab på 302 menneske. Sjå gjerne stabsoverynet.
Staben vår er fordelt på tre programdepartment: Teknologi (drift av nettstadene, utvikling av programvare); det vidare samfunnet (kontakt med publikum, lesarar og grupper, pengeinnsamling) og global utvikling (støtte til lokale organisasjonar og den globale veksten til Wikimedia). Resten av staben arbeider med økonomi, leiing og administrasjon, som også omfattar rettsleg vern for arbeidet vårt. Støtta di betaler også for sørverar, bandbreidde og nettilbyding slik at me kan halda prosjekta til Wikipedia i gang og la dei veksa. Om du gjev til ein lokal organisasjon nær deg, går gåva di både til å støtta Wikimedia Foundation internasjonalt, og aktivitet nær deg.
Først og fremst er Wikimedia Foundation til for å støtta og hjelp det store nettverket av frivillige som bidreg på Wikipedia og tilstøytande prosjekt til å veksa. Over 100 000 menneske i heile verda er med nett no.
2009–2010 Wikimedia Foundation Annual Report dekkjer rekneskapsåret 1. juli 2009-30. juni 2010 med ein del meir om det neste. Dette er vår tredje årsrapport. Wikimedia Foundation sin årsrapport oppsummerer den økonomiske stoda, programaktivitetane, milepålane og andre resultata til organisasjonen.
2011-12 Annual Plan er budsjettet vårt for det inneverande rekneskapsåret. Det inneheld ei oppsummering av strategimåla våre, økonomiske detaljar om pengebruk og inntening, og detaljerte forklaringar og risikoanalysar.
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As Wikimedia founder Jimmy Wales put it: "Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge."
We're serious about this vision. Every month, more than 430 million people around the world already use Wikipedia. It's available online, on your mobile device, on DVD, in books, and many other forms. We aspire to reach everyone, and to continually provide more and better information.
Supported by an intense community-driven planning process, in 2010 the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees set "big, hairy, audacious goals" for Wikimedia. These five-year targets (PDF) include increasing Wikimedia's global reach to 1 billion people and the number of articles in Wikipedia to 50 million. We're also setting out to dramatically increase and diversify participation, and to measure and improve quality of all Wikimedia content.
Wikimedia is not a traditional organization. It's a global movement. The core of the work is done by thousands of volunteers worldwide. This volunteer community is supported by a network of organizations, with the Wikimedia Foundation at its center, working in partnership with geographically focused local chapters in 38 regions or countries. It's our volunteer community that enables us to accomplish so much with so little.
These are some of the activities we're focused on right now:
Operating the world's fifth largest web property. At its heart, Wikimedia requires operational excellence to continue to exist. As of 2011, we're operating several hundred servers in three locations. While our global traffic continues to grow, our aim is to provide the best possible site experience to everyone in the world, to maximize uptime, and to ensure that all the information in Wikimedia projects is safe and secure.
Photograph: Wikimedia servers in our Florida hosting facility.
Giving Wikimedia's volunteers the best possible tools to do their work. The core technology that makes Wikipedia and its sister projects possible, the wiki, was invented in 1995. Things have changed quite a bit since then. Wikimedia projects run on an open source wiki software called MediaWiki, which we develop and improve. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to contribute knowledge, and to give volunteers and readers great tools for assessing and improving article quality. In some areas, we lead and innovate. At minimum, we must keep up with key trends in the ever-changing web we're part of. Because our software is open source, everyone can use and improve it.
Developing recruiting resources for new volunteers. Wikimedia is made of people. To grow our global community, we need to excite people about the prospect of being part of it – and help them with their first steps. To this end, we develop and maintain a library of outreach resources, such as videos and screencasts, but also printed "how-tos" and other more targeted resources (for teachers, librarians, students, and others). See the bookshelf of outreach resources.
Video: Wikimedia volunteers speak about their motivations, shot at the Wikimania 2010 conference (best played in Firefox).
Staging outreach and community events world-wide. Once a year, hundreds of Wikimedia volunteers come together at Wikimania, in a different location around the world each year. (You should come! In Summer 2012 Wikimania will be in Washington DC, USA.) And, Wikimedia's chapter organizations have staged dozens of additional events, competitions and conferences around the world. Some are targeted at recruiting new volunteers; some give the community space to think about its work, and to do it. Recognizing the value of people coming together because they are passionate about Wikimedia's mission has been key to our success.
Photograph: Participants of the "Free Your Knowledge" student competition in Indonesia listening to an introductory presentation (2010).
Partnering with cultural institutions. Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums protect and make available the world's history, culture and knowledge. Their mission is to serve and inform the public, just like Wikimedia's. We've successfully partnered with cultural institutions around the world – not just in working with them to make digital reproductions available for free, but also in improving Wikipedia articles and other content related to their collections and archives. Wikimedia chapters are playing a lead role in organizing conferences and meetings targeting the cultural sector, and executing partnerships.
Photograph: Wikipedia volunteers at a "backstage pass" event organized by the British Museum (2010).
Working with the educational sector. In the age of the open web, there's the potential for student projects to be more than just exercises. Pioneering professors have long assigned Wikipedia writing as coursework to their students. Everybody wins: students get an audience for their work, teachers successfully motivate their students, and readers get better articles. Wikimedia chapters have also reached out to schools to develop media literacy and to promote responsible use of Wikipedia in the classroom.
Photograph: Indiana University students of Barry Rubin's Seminar in Urban Economic Development are improving Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework.
Providing access to Wikipedia everywhere. The next billion people to discover the web will do it using mobile phones, some without ever having touched a laptop. We need to make sure that our sites and services work both on modern smartphones and (to the extent it's possible) on lower-end devices. Our current mobile version is a start and we'll continue to improve it (including moving beyond the read-only experience). And for people with no or intermittent Internet access, we're supporting copies of Wikipedia that can be used completely offline, including projects like the WikiReader, offline readers for desktops and smartphones, and printed versions of Wikimedia content.
Photograph: Wikipedia's mobile version works on the PlayStation Portable – and on your smartphone.
Informing our decision-making with facts and data. Analytics, research, experiments and forecasts are essential to make good decisions in a complex environment like Wikimedia. The Wikimedia Foundation Report Card and the Statistics Portal provide a wealth of up-to-date analysis which helps us understand the impact of our work. The Strategy Wiki is a public planning space where longer term trends are analyzed. Research projects provide us with in-depth analysis and experiments, supported by the volunteer-driven Research Committee. We're data nerds – what else would you expect from the kinds of people who love working on an online encyclopedia?
Illustration: Projection regarding availability of mature language editions useful to different segments of the world's population.
The Wikimedia Foundation isn't a start-up company that will fade away in a few years. We're in this for the long haul. Everything we do is aimed at providing you, and the rest of the world, with free and immediate access to all the world's knowledge. Join us!
The Wikimedia Foundation supports Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia and one of the five most-visited websites world-wide. From the founding of Wikipedia in January 2001, and the incorporation of the Wikimedia Foundation in June 2003, our growth has been staggering. The English-language Wikipedia, our first project, has expanded to more than 6,000,000 articles today. All Wikipedia languages combined contain more than 47,000,000 articles.
Besides Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation also supports:
Wikimedia Commons, a media repository containing more than 43,000,000 freely usable images, videos, and sound files
We lead and support the development of MediaWiki, the open source wiki software behind all our public websites. We help to organize outreach and community events to encourage people to contribute to our projects, and we provide downloadable offline copies and database archives of Wikipedia content.
The Wikimedia Foundation has a staff of 302, led by the Executive Director, Sue Gardner. The staff
supports the work of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who contribute content to the Wikimedia projects. The Wikimedia Foundation is also supported by countless volunteers participating through committees, as interns, or on an ad hoc basis.
The Board of Trustees articulates the mission and vision of the Wikimedia Foundation, reviews and helps to develop long term plans, provides oversight, and supports the Wikimedia Foundation's fundraising efforts. It is the ultimate organizational authority of the Wikimedia Foundation as defined in its bylaws. See Meetings for published Board minutes and Resolutions for published Board resolutions. The Board is partially elected from the community of contributors to the Wikimedia projects. The Board is supported by an Advisory Board, chaired by Angela Beesley Starling.
We have an office, located in San Francisco, California (USA), where most of our employees are working. All board members and remaining staff work remotely.
Wikimedia is funded primarily through donations from hundreds of thousands of individuals, but also through several grants and gifts of servers and hosting (see benefactors).
The Wikimedia Foundation receives donations from more than 50 countries around the world. The average donation is quite small, but their sheer numbers have ensured our success. People make contributions year-round, and once a year the Wikimedia Foundation makes a formal request for donations.
We are not considering advertising as a source of revenue.
The Wikimedia Foundation has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the United States. Donations made from other nations may also be tax deductible. See deductibility of donations for details. Click here for details on how to make a donation via PayPal, MoneyBookers or by postal mail. For all other types of donation, please contact us through donatewikimedia.org.
Most of our funding comes from individuals – people like you. We also receive grants from community and private foundations, as well as in-kind contributions from corporations. They can be seen on our Benefactors page.
Where can I learn more about your recent activities?Edit
To donate, please visit our fundraising page. You can donate using any major credit card (including VISA, Mastercard, Discover or American Express), PayPal, Moneybookers, bank transfer, or by sending a check to the Foundation. Our donation options support many (although not all) currencies.
Yes. The Wikimedia Foundation supports monthly recurring giving - you can sign up by going to this page. Monthly recurring donations are processed by PayPal, but may be funded using any of their approved payment methods, which include credit cards. You will be required to set up a PayPal account. Recurring gifts happen once per month, on the anniversary of the date you made your first monthly gift, and continue for 12 months. During the twelfth month, you will be sent a notification asking you whether you wish to continue the gift. If you do not, do nothing. The gift will not automatically renew. If you wish to extend it for another year, follow the instructions that will be provided then.
Can you withdraw my monthly gift directly from my bank account?Edit
While the Wikimedia Foundation can not directly withdraw your gift from your bank account, you may fund your PayPal account that way - see PayPal for up-to-date instructions.
What if I need to cancel my automatic monthly gift?Edit
We understand that circumstances may change. If you need to cancel your monthly gift, log into your PayPal account, locate the "subscription creation" line item, click "details", and then click "cancel subscription". You will not be billed any further monthly payments. Alternatively, you can cancel by contacting the Wikimedia Foundation (email givingwikimedia.org) with your name, your email address, and a telephone number (so that we can let you know it has been cancelled).
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 98204 Washington, DC 20090-8204 USA
Note: donations by check are processed directly at our centralized lockbox location which is in Washington, DC.
Our preference is for checks in U.S. dollars, drawn on U.S. bank accounts. Checks in currencies other than U.S. dollars, or from bank accounts outside the U.S., can be very expensive for us to process, which reduces the value of your gift. If you do not have a U.S. bank account, you can maximize the value of your donation by giving via credit card, PayPal or wire transfer.
Where do I send forms, letters or other materials to the Wikimedia Foundation?Edit
Please send all correspondence, including Payroll Deduction applications and Matching Gifts forms, to our secure lockbox address:
Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 98204 Washington, DC 20090-8204 USA
Note: donations by check are processed directly at our centralized lockbox location which is in Washington, DC.
Can I make a stock donation to the Wikimedia Foundation?Edit
The Wikimedia Foundation accepts stock donations. You can make a donation by transferring stock from your brokerage to ours by providing your broker with our name, investment account number and DTCC clearing number.
Account holder name: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Financial broker: Smith Barney Investment account number: 546-0356C-14-782 DTCC Clearing account number: #0418
If I make a donation, how do I get my tax receipt?Edit
If you donate by PayPal or credit card, you'll receive a tax receipt by e-mail, as long as your e-mail address was included with your donation. Donations by check over $50 will receive a tax receipt by mail, if you gave us your return address. You may also request a tax receipt for your donation by writing us at givingwikimedia.org (please include your contact information, the method you used to donate, and the amount of your donation).
Can I give you a targeted or restricted donation to be used for something very specific?Edit
Charities based in the United States, including the Wikimedia Foundation, are required to honor restrictions requested by donors. This means that if you specify your donation needs to be restricted for a specific use, we will either honor your request or return your donation. But before you decide to do that, please consider that unrestricted donations are much more useful for us. Every restriction imposes administrative overhead and planning costs, and increases internal complexity.
The minimum donation amount is $1. We receive small donations from people who don't have much money, and we are really, really grateful to those donors. Truly, if the gift is meaningful to you, it's meaningful to us. But, it's not uncommon for people to use donation mechanisms such as ours to test stolen credit cards to see if they work. Those people typically use a very small dollar amount for their testing: we find a $1 minimum donation amount seems to deter them.
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