Why you should donate to Wikipedia to keep information ad free

Today is #GivingTuesday. It’s a great way to give back to those who need it.

One of those is Wikipedia. It’s an information based website that keeps its lights on by support from people like you and me. While almost also websites are funded through advertisements or affiliate links from sales, Wikipedia is truly advertisement free. It isn’t looking to provide information sponsored by big corporations such as AT&T and Verizon which can skew the articles and opinions. By supporting Wikipedia, you are supporting the freedom to share knowledge with the world. There’s already a huge problem with fake information on the web, and the last place we need it is at Wikipedia.

Even as a medicinal chemist, I regularly reference Wikipedia as a source of information for my daily work. There’s a high chance that you or your children use it too for educational purposes. There’s a wide variety of options to offer your support – the most common is a $15 gift. Your wallet may be hurting from Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but try to dig a little deeper to keep information free from Wikipedia. While Wikipedia doesn’t pay its writers, it does have to pay for things like servers and management. With its expanding user base go the costs too.

Wikipedia (Listeni/ˌwɪkˈpdi.ə/ or Listeni/ˌwɪkiˈpdi.ə/ wik-i-pee-dee-ə) is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project supported by the Wikimedia Foundation and based on a model of openly editable content. The name “Wikipedia” is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s articles provide links designed to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

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