From Wikipedia author Susan Hewitt
"Ever wonder how Wikipedia can cover so many topics so well?
Ever since I was a girl, Iíve been a total nerd about seashells and snails. Iíd bring home all sorts of creatures. My mother wasnít too thrilled. Iíve contributed to hundreds of articles about gastropods. Now multiply that by 100,000 editors. That's how we got to 15 million articles.
For this to keep working, we volunteers need a stable infrastructure on which to work: servers, tech staff, a legal team to protect our independence and more.
Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, but its infrastructure is maintained by a small non-profit -- all paid for by donations, just individuals giving £3, £5 or £10 a month. Please pitch in.
Wikipedia works because thereís this unspoken light inside all of us that comes from the desire to help educate, to help share knowledge. And thatís what makes Wikipedia so magical.
If you stop and think for even a second, youíll realize how fabulous it is to get this information without a paywall, and to not have to read ads. Itís like a voice of sanity in a crazy, consumerist world.
If you benefit from Wikipedia, please consider donating at least a small amount of cash to support it if you can.
Where your donation goes
* Technology: Servers, bandwidth, maintenance, development. Wikipedia is the #5 website in the world, and it runs on a fraction of what other top websites spend.
* People: The other top 10 websites have thousands of employees. Wikipedia is supported by only about 100 staff worldwide, making your donation a great investment in a highly-efficient not-for-profit organization.