I clicked on a banner at the top of Wikipedia yesterday and made a donation to the Wikimedia Foundation to support that source of free knowledge that requires money to maintain.
As my Thank-You email said:
"The Wikimedia Foundation develops and improves the technology behind Wikipedia and nine other projects, and sustains the infrastructure that keeps them up and running. Your money supports technology and people. The Foundation has a staff of about fifty, which provides technical, administrative, legal and outreach support for the global community of volunteers who write and edit Wikipedia. Many people love Wikipedia, but a surprising number don't know it's run by a non-profit. Please help us spread the word by telling a few of your friends."
I have always admired that Wikipedia has not run ads on the site. I imagine that even if they just ran a few tiny Google text ads, they could generate some significant income. But that's not how they want to do it.
I'm telling a few friends to donate. There are about 100,000 people who land on this blog every month. And the posts get sent via RSS to Facebook and other social media sites. But, like voting, a lot fewer people participate than could participate. If you are a Wikipedia user or appreciate the efforts they have been making, then donate at http://donate.wikimedia.org.
No goods or services are provided, in whole or in part, for your contribution. The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status in the United States.