Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. (WMF, or simply Wikimedia) is an American non-profit and charitable organization headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is mostly known for participating in the Wikimedia movement. It owns the internet domain names of many movement projects and hosts sites like Wikipedia. The foundation was founded in 2003 by Jimmy Wales as a way to fund Wikipedia and its sibling projects through non-profit means.

Wikimedia Foundation
FoundedJune 20, 2003 (2003-06-20)
St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
FounderJimmy Wales
Type501(c)(3), charitable organization
FocusFree, open-content, wiki-based Internet projects
Area served
ProductsWikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikimedia Commons, Wikidata, Wikiquote, Wikibooks, Wikisource, Wikispecies, Wikinews, Wikiversity, Wikivoyage, MediaWiki.
Key people
María Sefidari (Chair of the board)
Katherine Maher (Executive director)
Janeen Uzzell (Chief operating officer)
  • US$104.5 million (2018)
  • 91.2 million (2017)
  • US$81.4 million (2018)
  • 69.1 million (2017)
Endowment (2020)US$58 million
400+ staff/contractors (as of July 14, 2020)

As of 2020, the foundation employs over 300 people, with annual revenues in excess of US$109.9 million . María Sefidari is chair of the board. Katherine Maher has been the executive director since March 2016.

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