Wikipedia Receives 2 Million Dollars from Google

Volunteer-driven reference site Wikipedia boosted its funds to continue it running free after the most profitable internet company Google donated 2 million dollars.600px-Wikipedia-logo

Jimmy Wales – Wikipedia founder, broke the news Tuesday via a Twitter message while Wikimedia Foundation – Wikipedia owner, made the official announcement Wednesday.

In a statement, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, called Wikipedia “one of the greatest triumphs of the Internet…this vast repository of community-generated content is an invaluable resource to anyone who is online.” The grant will come from the Google Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation.

The donation will be used to increase bandwidth and handle its multimedia needs.

The donation matched the highest donation made so far to the online information site. Six months ago, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar made the same donation through one of its investment arms.

Google and Wikimedia have worked several times together in the past the most recent of which, is to translate most of Wikipedia entries into more languages.