The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, a top-ten internet property. It is based at San Fancisco in the United States.
Wikimedia Canada and the Wikimedia Foundation are two independent organizations. The Wikimedia Foundation officially recognized Wikimedia Canada as the local chapter of the Wikimedia movement for the whole of Canada.