Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That’s the vision of Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit committed to collecting and sharing our cumulative information. Founded in 2003, the Wikimedia Foundation hosts Wikipedia and other Wikimedia free knowledge projects, building software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content. The foundation supports the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocates for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.i
Today, Wikipedia’s more than 48 million articles across roughly 300 languages are visited by 1.5 billion unique devices every month.ii All of this content is made possible by volunteers, more than 250,000 of whom write, edit, and improve Wikipedia each month from around the world.
“I believe that we form part of the commons,” says Katherine Maher, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation. “And that is a cultural commons; it’s a heritage commons; it’s a scientific commons; it’s something that every single human has the right to enjoy and has the right to participate in.”iii
To help every human fulfill the right to free and open knowledge, simply ask Alexa to donate to Wikipedia.
Wikimedia Foundation’s free knowledge projects are powered primarily through donations, and the nonprofit accepts Amazon Pay, allowing donors to make fast and secure contributions using the payment information already stored in their Amazon accounts.
In addition, the foundation recently added Alexa Donations, a new way of donating that enables people to donate using the power of their voice. Now with an Alexa-enabled device, people can donate simply by asking, “Alexa, donate to Wikipedia.”
Using Alexa Donations and Amazon Pay, Wikimedia Foundation is tapping into potential donors who use an Alexa-enabled device.
By adding Alexa Donations, the Wikimedia Foundation is broadening its base as it works toward its goal of reaching more people around the world by offering donors a frictionless and trustworthy payment experience.
At Amazon, we’re committed to making giving as easy as talking, and we are already working with more than 180 nonprofits to offer Alexa Donations. To learn more about the Wikimedia Foundation, visit their website.
iWikimedia, From Wikimedia Founder Jimmy Wales, 2018
iiWikimedia, Foundation website, 2018
iiiNew York Magazine, There’s No Public Internet and We Are the Closest Thing to It, 2018