Draft for the Chapters Page for the 2008 Annual Fundraiser. Rand Montoya 20:25, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
The Wikimedia projects have an international scope, and the Wikimedia movement has already made a significant impact throughout the world. To continue this success on an organizational level, Wikimedia is building an international network of associated organizations. There are currently Wikimedia chapters in 37 countries.
Local chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia projects in different ways - by collecting donations, organizing local events and projects and spreading the word of Wikimedia and Free Culture. They also provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.
If you have questions about local chapters or want to start one in your country, please don't hesitate to contact the Chapters committee.
Please note that the local chapters are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation and vice versa.
Argentina: Wikimedia Argentina
Wikimedia Argentina, founded on 1 September 2007 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is the Argentinian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation and a non-profit association run upon the Civil Code of Argentina. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.ar
Australia: Wikimedia Australia
Wikimedia Australia is a non-profit incorporated body incorporated in the state of Victoria in August 2008. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation on 1st March 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.au
Austria: Wikimedia Österreich
Wikimedia Österreich was founded in February 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.at
Brazil: Wikimedia Brasil
Czech Republic: Wikimedia Česká republika
Wikimedia Česká republika was founded in March 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.cz.
France: Wikimédia France
Germany: Wikimedia Deutschland
Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. (Wikimedia Germany - association for the promotion of free knowledge) was founded on 13 June 2004 in Berlin as Wikimedia's first local chapter. As of 2008 the membership association counted more than 400 members. Among other activities Wikimedia Deutschland initiated several important partnerships, for example with Directmedia Publishing, the publisher of the German Wikipedia-DVD, the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (German national library), and Bertelsmann, the publisher of the Single Volume Wikipedia Lexikon. Donations to Wikimedia Deutschland are tax-deductible in Germany. More information on the official website: wikimedia.de
Hong Kong: 香港維基媒體協會
Wikimedia Hong Kong Limited (Chinese: 香港維基媒體協會有限公司) is the local chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It was founded on 14 July 2007 in Hong Kong, and was officially registered on 18 September 2007. It was recognized by the Foundation on 1 March 2008. More information on the official website in English and Traditional Chinese: wikimediahk.org.
Indonesia: Wikimedia Indonesia
Wikimedia Indonesia is a non-profit association incorporated on 5 September 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia, and approved as Wikimedia chapter on 7 October 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.web.id
Israel: Wikimedia Israel
Wikimedia Israel (Hebrew: ויקימדיה-ישראל, Arabic: ويكيمديا إسرائيل) is the Israeli chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was officially registered on 26 June 2007, after an organizing process that began on 15 December 2006, when the idea was brought before the local Wikimedian community in one of its conferences. Official website in Hebrew, Arabic and English: il.wikimedia.org
Italy: Wikimedia Italia
Netherlands: Wikimedia Nederland
Vereniging Wikimedia Nederland is the Dutch chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was founded on 27 March 2006 in Eindhoven. Official website: nl.wikimedia.org
Poland: Wikimedia Polska
Stowarzyszenie Wikimedia Polska (Wikimedia Polska Association) is the Polish Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 14 August 2005, and registered three months later, on 18 November. Official website: pl.wikimedia.org
Russia: Викимедиа Россия
Викимедиа РУ (Wikimedia RU) was approved in May 2008. Official website: www.wikimedia.ru
Serbia: Wikimedia Србије
Wikimedia Србије is the Serbian Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 3 December 2005, and it was registered almost two months later. Official website: rs.wikimedia.org
Sweden: Wikimedia Sverige
Wikimedia Sverige is the Swedish chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was formed on 20 October 2007, and approved on 11 December 2007. Official website: wikimedia.se
Switzerland: Wikimedia CH
www.wikimedia.ch Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens is the Swiss Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was established in Olten on 14 May 2006. Official website:
Wikimedia Taiwan (Chinese: 中華民國維基媒體協會) is the Taiwan Chapter of Wikimedia Foundation. It was officially registered on Feburary 11, 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan, after an organization process that began in Feburary 19, 2006. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation as a Wikimedia Chapter on July 4, 2007. The official website is http://www.wikimedia.tw/wiki and will be available in both Chinese and English.
United Kingdom: Wikimedia UK
Wiki Educational Resources Ltd, t/a Wikimedia UK is the United Kingdom Chapter of the Wikimedia Foundation. It was incorporated 14 February 2006 following meetings starting in October 2005. It was formally recognised by the Foundation on 1 May 2007. Official website: www.wikimedia.org.uk