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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

98.33

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

Board Leadership
Nataliia Tymkiv
Chair

CEO
Maryana Iskander
Chief Executive Officer

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.33
  Financial 97.65
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 03/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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

97.65

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2022 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
74.5%
  Administrative Expenses 13.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 11.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.92
  Program Expenses Growth 17.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.7%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.33
Vitae Foundation (MO) 89.32
Type Media Center (NY) 91.11
Positive Futures Network (YES! Magazine) (WA) 95.29
ProPublica (NY) 100.00

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $120,830,766
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $88,492
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $120,919,258
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $120,919,258
   Other Revenue $3,712,009
TOTAL REVENUE $124,631,267
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $84,125,149
   Administrative Expenses $16,173,111
   Fundraising Expenses $11,863,862
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $112,162,122
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $12,469,145
   
Net Assets $180,315,725

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 $44,963,013 53.4%
Grantmaking and Program Development $39,162,136 46.6%

Ratings History
Wikimedia Foundation has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 03/01/2022 98.33
2019-06 04/01/2021 98.29
2018-06 11/01/2019 98.14
2017-06 10/01/2018 96.15
2016-06 02/01/2018 94.85
2015-06 03/15/2017 93.00
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 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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$387,770 0.34% Katherine Maher CEO, Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Wikimedia Foundation (CA) 98.33
Commentary (NY) 88.94
Foundation for National Progress (CA) 86.10
Type Media Center (NY) 91.11
Vitae Foundation (MO) 89.32

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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

Nataliia Tymkiv
Chair

CEO

Maryana Iskander
Chief Executive Officer

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