- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 3, 2012

THE TOTAL: More than 1 million people donated $20 million as part of Wikipedia’s annual plea. That’s a third more than the $15 million donated during the previous year’s fundraising campaign.

SIGNIFICANCE: The year-end financial push accounts for most of the revenue for the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit group that oversees the volunteer-driven Wikipedia.

CHANGES AHEAD: Even as Wikipedia has become more influential, Wikimedia’s management has been fretting about whether the online encyclopedia will be able to afford the technology upgrades it needs to stay relevant.

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