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Google co-founder Sergei Brin, wife donate $ 500 k to Wikimedia

Posted on: November 20, 2011


 

Google Inc’s co-founder  and his wife have donated USD 500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and its sister sites.

Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki who own Brin Wojcicki Foundation have awarded a USD 500,000 grant to the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia Foundation said in a statement.

The move is reportedly aimed at keeping the popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia free of advertising.

The donation comes after Wikimedia Foundation kicked off its 8th annual fundraiser on November 16.

“This grant is an important endorsement of the Wikimedia Foundation and its work, and I hope it will send a signal as we kick off our annual fund-raising campaign this week.

“This is how Wikipedia works: people use it, they like it, and so they help pay for it, to keep it freely available for themselves and for everyone around the world.

“I am very grateful to Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki for supporting what we do,” Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Sue Gardner said.

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