Biologically, the unrestricted proliferation of ordinary cells is a significant feature of cancer, and unlimited proliferation usually ends when the host dies. For an organization, growing spending can lead to similar results. The Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that manages the online encyclopedia, has a similar problem with growing institutional bloated spending.
According to Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia had 1.4 billion views per month in 2005, with a hosting fee of $5,000 and only one employee. Today Wikipedia has 16 billion monthly views, a hosting fee of $2 million and 300 employees.
Wikimedia Foundation spending has increased by as much as 85% over the past three years, and what is the need for Wikimedia to make it tens of millions of dollars?
Its expenditure for 2015-2016 was $65 million, and in 2017-2018 it was over $81 million. The good news is that contributions are growing as spending increases.