Giving Wikipedia 3 Dollars

Giving Wikipedia 3 Dollars

Part of a series on Wikipedia. [View Related Entries]

Updated Sep 23, 2019 at 08:48AM EDT by Y F.

Added Dec 14, 2018 at 01:25PM EST by Adam.

PROTIP: Press 'i' to view the image gallery, 'v' to view the video gallery, or 'r' to view a random entry.

This submission is currently being researched & evaluated!

You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation.


Giving Wikipedia 3 Dollars refers to jokes made about donating to the fundraiser for Wikipedia. When Wikipedia holds fundraisers, they traditionally say that if everyone reading of it donated three dollars, they could afford to "keep Wikipedia thriving for years." The meme usually makes donating a wholesome action and praises those doing it, similar to the People Who Thank the Bus Driver meme.


In December of 2018, Wikipedia began its seasonal fundraising drive. During the month, Reddit users began making memes about the drive. One of the earliest ones was posted December 1st on /r/dankmemes by bigboynumbers,[1] who used an image of Voiceoverpete, gaining over 160 points (shown below, left). However, the trend did not start becoming more popular until December 12th. That day, Redditor Fishy4444 posted a meme that gained over 3,600 points (shown below, right).

Wikipedia ad asking the readers to donate to its fundraiser with image of Voiceover Pete over a green screenWikipedia ad asking the readers to donate to its fundraiser with grandpa Eustace saying he's getting his wallet


Over the following several days, Redditors memed about Wikipedia's fundraiser. Popular posts include a post by BlueSkyPeriwinkleEye critical Amazon that gained over 48,000 points (shown below, left). Another by BleedingEdge61104 gained over 58,000 likes (shown below, right), though the user later admitted it was not their original work.[2] The trend was inquired about on /r/OutOfTheLoop.[3]

Amazon should donate the full operating cost of Wikipedia because their Alexa devices rely fully on their device for its answers to our questions. AMAZON CE JEFF BEZOS Yes Did you help save Wikipedia? $3 What did it cost?

Various Examples

Stealing your mom's credit card to buv V bucks Stealing your mom's credit card to donate to Wikipedia Wikipedia after months of asking and becoming a meme HAVE 3 DOLLARS SPENDING 100'S OF DOLLARS TO BUY SKINS IN A FREE TO PLAY GAME GIVING S3 TO WIKIPEDIA BECASUE THEY DESERVE IT 0 3 Modern Society People who donate to Wikipedia People who sort by new Minecraft youtubers people who go up two steps at a time Someone buys V-Bucks instead of donating to Wikipedia 023 News You are the enemy of the people.

Search Interest


External References

Recent Videos

There are no videos currently available.

Recent Images 18 total

Top Comments


In this day and age when staying as far as possible from advertising-funded content seems to be the most effective way of staying censorship-free for any site or media, Wikipedia can pretty much be seen as a visionary for knowing the best approach since several years ago before we even saw that situation happening at all.

I wish them luck on staying donation-funded for many more years to come, and I hope other big sites and media follow suit.


+ Add a Comment

Comments (29)

Display Comments

Add a Comment

Hey! You must login or signup first!