What Does Wikipedia Need The Money For? Does- wikipedia - need -donation- money -logo. Like any website, Wikipedia has server costs. Wikipedia's Christmas fundraising campaign Does Wikipedia really need money as urgently as it says in its fundraising campaign?IBTimes UK. But what Wikipedia doesn't tell us is that it is awash with cash - and raises far more money each year than it needs to keep operating. I DO directly, by purposeful choice, select a radio station and listen to it. Sorry if you thought I was being biased, that wasn't the intent. I live in India, the donations aren't tax-deductible here: It is like giving back something! Well, all that changes with the new Wikipedia Beta! In the past I've worked with charities to help them become more sustainable, with the ability to fund themselves through more commercial operations.