If you hit the popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, one of these days, you will notice a prominent banner on the top fold of the page with a message – “Please read: A personal appeal from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales“. As you guessed it, the Wikimedia foundation is now in the process of getting its visitors to contribute towards the operating expenses of the website that has remained largely ad-free all through these years. The non-profit foundation has noted that the operating expenses for running a website as big as Wikipedia is expected to hit $20.4 million for 2010-2011 and that they expect to make at least $16 million through these donations.
It is not just donations that the foundation is asking for. Wikipedia is also looking for more contributors to the service. With close to a decade of operation, there is evidently quite a wear among the regular Wikipedia volunteers and the company is looking to get new volunteers to maintain the flow of new information posted to the service.
Click here to go ahead and make your donation to this wonderful service.