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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Public Broadcasting and Media

Wikimedia Foundation

Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge

four stars

98.29

1 Montgomery Street Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
tel: (415) 839-6885   Web Site
EIN: 20-0049703

Board Leadership
María Sefidari
Chair

CEO

Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.29 four stars
  Financial 97.59 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the fourth most visited website in the world. In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the fourth most visited website in the world. In collaboration with a network of chapters, the Foundation provides the essential infrastructure and an organizational framework for the support and development of multilingual wiki projects and other endeavors which serve this mission.

Financial

four stars

97.59

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
74.3%
  Administrative Expenses 13.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.08
  Program Expenses Growth 12.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wikimedia Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wikimedia Foundation on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.29 four stars
Type Media Center (NY) 94.34 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 91.03 four stars
ProPublica (NY) 100.00 four stars
Resource Media (CA) 86.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $115,786,036
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $53,796
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $115,839,832
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $115,839,832
   Other Revenue $2,749,668
TOTAL REVENUE $118,589,500
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $66,928,100
   Administrative Expenses $12,251,990
   Fundraising Expenses $10,878,887
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $90,058,977
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $28,530,523
   
Net Assets $165,641,425

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Support for Wikipedia.org $39,184,258 58.5%
Grantmaking and Program Development $27,743,842 41.4%

Ratings History
Wikimedia Foundation has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 98.29 four stars
2018-06 11/01/2019 98.14 four stars
2017-06 10/01/2018 96.15 four stars
2016-06 02/01/2018 94.85 four stars
2015-06 03/15/2017 93.00 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.13 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.57 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 91.90 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 91.93 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.86 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.49 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 86.50 three stars
2008-06 07/01/2009 89.13 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 20-0049703
Name in IRS Master File WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION ORG
NTEE Code B60
NTEE Classification Adult, Continuing Education
NTEE Type Educational Institutions and Related Activities
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date March, 2005
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$374,658 0.41% Katherine Maher Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.29 four stars
Commentary (NY) 86.54 three stars
National Review Institute (NY) 91.48 four stars
Common Sense Media (CA) 89.84 three stars
Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting (CA) 88.12 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Wikimedia Foundation
1 Montgomery Street
Suite 1600
San Francisco, CA 94104
tel: (415) 839-6885
EIN: 20-0049703

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Board Leadership

María Sefidari
Chair

CEO


Executive Director

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