Wikipedia Gets $500K from Brin and Wojcicki — But What It Really Wants Is Small Donors
Google co-founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki’s Brin Wojcicki Foundation just gave $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation as part of its annual fundraising drive.
On Wednesday, the first day of this year’s campaign, Wikimedia pulled in $1.2 million, the most it’s ever raised in a day, from 61,000 individual donors, the most it’s ever had in a single day.
The foundation’s annual budget is $28.3 million, and it tries to raise most of that from small donors. Last year’s drive drew more than 500,000 donors, most of whom gave $25 to $30, said Wikimedia spokesman Jay Walsh.