Wikimedia affiliation models

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This is a final Board-approved version of affiliation models, based initially on discussions on the talk page and the preparations on:

See also the summary, Etherpad, and AffCom.

Expansion of movement affiliation models[edit]

In acknowledgement of the diversity of groups contributing to our movement, the Board of Trustees approves recognition of the following models of affiliation with the Wikimedia movement. The Board thanks the Movement Roles working group for its work in preparing these.

Affiliates may change from one affiliation status to another, and should prioritize cooperation with one another without hierarchy.

  • Movement Partners: Like-minded organizations that actively support the Wikimedia movement’s work. They are listed publicly and granted limited use of the marks for publicity indicating their support of and collaboration with Wikimedia.
  • National or Sub-national Chapters: Incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting movement work globally, focused within a geography. Chapters or national/sub-national organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity, and fundraising.
  • Thematic Organizations: Incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting work focused on a specific theme, topic, subject or issue within or across countries and regions. Thematic or focused organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity and fundraising.
  • User Groups: Open membership groups with an established contact person and history of projects, designed to be easy to form. User groups may or may not choose to incorporate and are granted limited use of the Wikimedia marks for publicity related to events and projects.
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