Wikimedia affiliation models/Thematic Organizations
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- Name: Wikimedia Thematic Organization
- Mission: To support and promote the Wikimedia projects in general with regards to a specified thematic field or focus area. 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.
- Territorial range: Variable; national, sub-national, across nations, global
- Incorporation: Legally registered. Can be registered where they see fit if operating in more than one country.
- Minimum rights:
- WM trademark use for most purposes within focus, including fundraising and publicity.
- Recognition as representatives of the movement within area of focus.
- Minimum duties:
- Active work
- Publishing an annual report as per Reporting Requirements
- Fulfilling movement-wide accountability standards
- Focus on our global mission
- Development of a sustainable, independent regional non-profit
- Within their focus area: 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 thematic area of focus, including fundraising and publicity, via agreement with the WMF
- Origin of funds: Multiple. Independent fundraising (outside Wikimedia); fundraising agreements with chapters (chapters could provide an option to mark donations for a them); WMF grants; chapter grants; member fees
- Relationship with overlapping entities: 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, overseen by WMF if on global level
- Recognition from: WMF Board of Trustees, with recommendations from the Affiliations 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 thematic 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).
- A history of good work within the movement
- Openness (see Board and membership, above)
- Recognition document: WMF Board resolution (interim), supplanted by an agreement with the WMF
- Reporting requirements: As per Draft Accountability Standards
- Mentoring and support: Affiliations Committee until recognition
- Change of status possible: Yes
- Withdrawal of recognition: WMF Board of Trustees, if necessary
- Examples: Amical, WM Esperanto
- Other considerations:
- 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.