How Does Wikipedia Survive Financially?

Now, that’s the question that I’m definitely going to ask Jimmy Wales when he comes down to Chennai to attend WikiCamp. Especially after Robert Scoble pointed to this rather shocking speech by Florence, Chairwoman of the Wikimedia foundation. I quote Florence..

“At this point, Wikipedia has the financial ressources to run its servers for about 3 to 4 months. If we do not find additional funding, it is not impossible that Wikipedia might disappear”

And I thought Wikipedia just raised a million dollars in donation for its 6th birthday. I recently saw a video of Jimmy Wales talking at TED conference where he says the cost of running servers is about $5000 a month.

Now, the mathematics does not add up.

Jimmy Wales is the best person to answer.