My name is Lila Tretikov and I’m the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation.
“We bring knowledge to people like Akshaya Iyengar from Solapur, India. Growing up in this small textile manufacturing town, she used Wikipedia as her primary learning source. Akshaya went on to graduate from college in India and now works as a software engineer in the United States. She credits Wikipedia with powering half of her knowledge.
“This story is not unique. Our mission is lofty and presents great challenges. Most people who use Wikipedia are surprised to hear it is run by a non-profit organization and funded by donations. Each year, just enough people donate to keep the sum of all human knowledge available for everyone.”
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