The Washington Times - November 1, 2007, 05:43PM
The Wikimedia Foundation, the international nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, announced today that in only nine days, its annual fundraiser has generated donations from 10,000 people worldwide. The 10,000th donation came from a contributor in Finland, who donated 10 Euros at 8:58 UTC (4.58 ET). This is a symbolic milestone for the Foundation’s fundraiser, which is running from October 22 - December 22, supporting the Wikipedia encyclopedia and the Foundation’s other free-knowledge projects. \ \ “Wikipedians are found in all corners of the globe - in every nation, in every age group, and in every neighborhood. The fact that in only nine days 10,000 people have shown such support indicates the broad appeal and excitement that the projects have generated,” said Florence Nibart-Devouard, Chair of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “This year’s fundraiser will enable us to continue improving Wikipedia, as well as to develop programs geared at spreading free information to disadvantaged and underserved communities worldwide.”

— Mark A. Kellner