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Wikimedia Foundation

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

four stars

94.85

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 94.85 four stars
  Financial 93.93 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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.

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Financial

four stars

93.93

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
70.6%
  Administrative Expenses 18.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.69
  Program Expenses Growth 25.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.0%
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) 94.85 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 91.05 four stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 92.74 four stars
Moving Picture Institute (NY) 97.17 four stars
Vitae Foundation (MO) 90.18 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $78,151,457
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $78,151,457
   Program Service Revenue $25,498
Total Primary Revenue $78,176,955
   Other Revenue $514,782
TOTAL REVENUE $78,691,737
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $46,977,975
   Administrative Expenses $10,464,239
   Fundraising Expenses $7,619,631
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $65,061,845
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $13,629,892
   
Net Assets $91,782,795

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 $27,370,945 58.3%
Grantmaking and Program Development $19,607,030 41.7%

Ratings History
Wikimedia Foundation has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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 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, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012

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
$166,353 0.25% Katherine Maher Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$344,336 0.52% Lila Tretikov Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 94.85 four stars
GRIST (WA) 92.78 four stars
Milkweed Editions (MN) 91.05 four stars
Graywolf Press (MN) 92.74 four stars
Commentary (NY) 88.79 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Christophe Henner
Chair

CEO

Katherine Maher
Executive Director

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