Grants talk:Project/Rapid/WMTH/Legal service and incorporation of Wikimedia Thailand

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Foundation vs. Association and Expenses Concern[edit]

According to the page Wikimedians in Thailand/Registration, listed below are the major differences between the two entity.

Foundation Association
Initial Fund At least THB 200,000 (~USD 6,172) (specific field) No initial requirement
Governance Board of Directors Members and Board of Directors
Promoter 3 Promoters 3 Promoters, 10 members
Commitment Commitment to pledge properties Not required
Fee/Period THB 200 (~USD 6), 30 days THB 2,000 (~USD 62), 60 days

This means it is viable for the formal chapter to be established as Association, however, I would like to express concern that I do not believe incorporation of the Association should incur expenses as much as the Grant requested. As a volunteer-driven organization, it may be possible for volunteer to review the Manual for the Public (like info.go.th, the Thai government initiative to centralize information for contacting the authorities) and act accordingly. --210.1.21.126 10:29, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your comments. Yes! Another reason for not incorporating WMTH as a foundation is that it is not possible to request for 200,000THB from the WMF for the sole purpose of registration. In regards to your concern about the proposed budget, we would be glad if a volunteer steps forward to do this for free or at a discounted price, which unfortunately we could not find one. The quotations in this proposal are median price from >10 law firms we have surveyed. It is not the cheapest because we want to get it right for this very important new chapter in history of WMTH. --Athikhun.suw (talk) 13:34, 28 September 2018 (UTC)

WJifar (WMF), could you please begin reviewing our grant request? --Athikhun.suw (talk) 05:47, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Comments from WMF[edit]

Hello Athikhun.suw, you mentioned that you received quotes from >10 law firms. Would it be possible to provide those quotes via email at <rapidgrants@wikimedia.org>? I understand that community members are concerned that the quotes for this project are higher than expected. Best regards, WJifar (WMF) (talk) 00:54, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

WJifar (WMF), thank you for your reply. I'll get back to you via email as soon as we have all the documents ready. --Athikhun.suw (talk) 10:11, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

Approval[edit]

Hello Athikhun.suw, thank you for providing the quote via email. I am approving your grant request. Best regards, WJifar (WMF) (talk) 11:34, 10 December 2018 (UTC)