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21 November 2011, 11:59

Google's Brin contributes half a million dollars to Wikimedia

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The Wikimedia Foundation, the organisation behind the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, has received a $500,000 grant from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation which was set up by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe.

This is the eighth year that Wikimedia has organised its fundraising campaign and the current campaign is planned to run until January. Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia for which Wikimedia is best known, does not use any form of advertising and relies heavily on donations from users: "Commerce is fine. Advertising is not evil. But it doesn't belong here. Not in Wikipedia", said founder Jimmy Wales in his call for donations.

The donation from the Brin Wojcicki Foundation will help the Wikimedia Foundation in its endeavour to reach its target – the planned budget for spending for 2011/2012 is $29.5 million. In last year's campaign, $16 million was raised towards the foundation's $20 million budget.

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