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Wikimedia Foundation

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

89.13

149 New Montgomery Street Floor 6
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 839-6885   Web Site
EIN: 20-0049703

Board Leadership
Christophe Henner
Chair

CEO
Katherine Maher
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.13
  Financial 85.17
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00
This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

85.17

Accountability & Transparency

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2016 and includes data from FY2014, 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)
68.1%
  Administrative Expenses 21.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.46
  Program Expenses Growth 37.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.7%
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) 89.13
Tax Foundation (DC) 86.59
Safe Kids Worldwide (DC) 88.15
Ethics and Public Policy Center (DC) 92.22
Sightline Institute (WA) 91.78

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $52,647,756
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $52,647,756
   Program Service Revenue $64,959
Total Primary Revenue $52,712,715
   Other Revenue $277,776
TOTAL REVENUE $52,990,491
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $30,809,944
   Administrative Expenses $10,261,012
   Fundraising Expenses $3,969,435
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $45,040,391
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,950,100
   
Net Assets $53,475,021

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 $24,854,992 80.7%
Grantmaking and Program Development $5,954,952 19.3%
Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.13
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 93.57
2013-06 08/01/2014 91.90
2012-06 10/01/2013 91.93
2011-06 10/01/2012 91.86
2010-06 09/20/2011 95.49
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 86.50
2008-06 07/01/2009 89.13

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 INC
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, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 2011
  • June, 2010

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

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$201,685 0.44% Sue Gardner Executive Director

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 89.13
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 90.12
Council for a Strong America (DC) 92.21
National Skills Coalition (DC) 89.39
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (DC) 91.31

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Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 89.13
The Heritage Foundation (DC) 83.19
Food and Water Watch (DC) 88.36
Center for Public Integrity (DC) 90.12
RESULTS Educational Fund (DC) 94.25

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Charity Contact Info

Wikimedia Foundation
149 New Montgomery Street
Floor 6
San Francisco, CA 94105
tel: (415) 839-6885
fax: (415) 882-0495
EIN: 20-0049703

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Board Leadership

Christophe Henner
Chair

CEO

Katherine Maher
Executive Director

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