Wikimedia affiliation models/Chapters
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- Name: Wikimedia National or Sub-national Chapter
- Mission: To support and promote the Wikimedia projects in general with regards to a specified geographical region or country. Like the Wikimedia Foundation, they aim to empower and engage people around the world to collect and develop educational content under a free license or in the public domain, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. (From Wikimedia chapters)
- Territorial range: National or sub-national
- Incorporation: Legally registered. Pursuing non-profit status where available.
- Minimum rights:
- WM trademark use for most purposes within country of operation, including fundraising and publicity
- Recognition as representatives of the movement within country of operation
- A voice in the selection of two Foundation trustees every two years
- Participation in annual decision-making conference of all chapters
- Simplified access to grants
- Minimum duties:
- Active work
- Publishing an annual report as per Reporting Requirements
- Fulfilling movement-wide accountability standards
- Support our common global goals with local means
- Development of a sustainable, independent regional non-profit
- Within their geography: support of community projects, fundraising coordination, grant and partnership development, oversight of PR and media; representing the Wikimedia movement and its interests at public events and in government discussions
- Trademark use: For most purposes within geography, including fundraising and publicity, via agreement with the WMF.
- Origin of funds: Multiple. Fundraising agreements with WMF, WMF grants, member fees, donations, external grants
- Relationship with overlapping entities: Wikimedia chapters are expected to play a coordinating role within their respective geographies, and this is a distinctive role they play among Wikimedia organizations. Entities in a country are not in a hierarchy, but need to agree how to co-exist in a geography to streamline their communication and avoid duplicate work.
- Board and membership: Elected board with individuals willing to publicly disclose identity, a majority of whom are wikimedians. Open membership.
- Transparency and communication: Full info about organizers and supporters; see reporting requirements
- Capacity to sign agreements with third parties: Yes, in country of operation
- Recognition from: WMF Board of Trustees, with recommendations from the Chapters Committee
- Minimum requirements for recognition:
- A critical mass of active participants - at least 20 people
- Members originating from the Wikimedia community (not all of them, but at least the majority), and accepted by the relevant local community
- A non-profit with a mission supporting all WMF projects (possibly as part of a general support for free knowledge or free culture as the stated aim) in all languages. (If there is a very good reason, an exception might be made, but don't know of any among the current chapters).
- A history of good work within the movement
- Openness (see Board and membership, above)
- Recognition document: WMF Board resolution (interim), supplanted by a chapters agreement with the WMF
- Reporting requirements:
- Looking back:
- Looking forward:
- Publish or link to the organization's annual plan.
- Mentoring and support: Affiliations Committee until recognition; Chapters Council after recognition.
- Change of status possible: Yes
- Withdrawal of recognition: WMF Board of Trustees, if necessary.
- Examples: 39 existing chapters
- Other considerations:
- Optional right: Eligibility for direct processing of donations from site-banner fundraisers; tied to experience and capacity, and to the duty of helping support fundraiser messaging, translation, and follow-up. Actively exercised in 2009-2011; limited by Board resolution of March 2012 to four chapters.
- Optional right: Eligibility for longer-term infrastructure grants; tied to size, capacity and activity.
- Optional right: Receiving in-kind support to build capacity and develop skills; tied to activity and need.