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Review for Wikimedia Foundation Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Wikimedia Foundation is doing outstanding work providing infrastructure and programs for Wikipedia and its sister projects. Its mission to bring the sum of all human knowledge to everyone is more than commendable. In just a few years, the Foundation has transformed from a small group of dedicated volunteers to a professionally-run organization supported by thousands worldwide.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own eyes using Wikipedia and Commons in my daily life and through my work with them leading Wikimedia Deutschland.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

improve long-term sustainability by diversifying sources of income and help local organizations around the world to develop and grow stronger.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its effectiveness in operating Wikipedia infrastructure and reaching out to its community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, courteous, and efficient.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go beyond the internet spreading free knowledge to everyone, regardless of internet connectivity.

Ways to make it better...

the Foundation built a sizable endowment so that dependency on annual donation drives would be less.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that there's no organization doing something comparable. No one else is doing online collaborative work at the scale and effectiveness as is practiced here.

One thing I'd also say is that...

supporting this organization means bringing free knowledge and education to those who would not otherwise have access to it.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I organized the Wikimedia Conference, a meeting between the Foundation and the local national Wikimedia chapters.