No apparent connection, but this week brought news of two major gifts from big names to non-profits in the digital media space. Google (NSDQ: GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin, along with his wife Anne Wojcicki, have donated $500,000 to Creative Commons, the non-profit behind the Creative Commons licenses, which make it easier for content creators to share their works. Google is already a major backer of Creative Commons, giving more than $50,000 annually to the group. And Peter Kafka at AllThingsD notes another link: Wojcicki’s mother, Esther Wojcicki, is the chairwoman of the Creative Commons board. (YouTube music business development manager Glenn Otis Brown is also a board member and a former executive director).
Meanwhile, the Omidyar Network, which was set up eBay (NSDQ: EBAY) founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam, is giving up to $2 million over two years to the Wikimedia Foundation, the parent of Wikipedia. That’s a significant gift, considering that Wikimedia brought in a total of $4.4 million in donations during its last fiscal year. The Omidyar Network — which describes itself as a philanthropic investment firm — agreed last year to give $2.5 million over five years to Creative Commons.