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This document is intended to be an easy to read introduction into the process of chapter creation. While it probably is not exhaustive and does not take into account differences between jurisdictions, it is the first stop for anyone thinking of forming a Wikimedia Chapter.

Please note that in some circumstances it may be possible (or necessary) to go about chapter creation in some other way. You might want to consult the Affiliations Committee about variations in procedure.

Primer pas: Reunir les persones[edit]

Only involved people make a chapter!

En el nivell més fonamental, els capítols són sobre persones: un grup, lligat geogràficament, que vol contribuir a donar suport als projectes de la Wikimedia en el seu conjunt, incloent altres mitjans més enllà de l'edició.

Les lleis del vostre país poden exigir que un nombre determinat de persones participi en la creació d'una associació. S'ha d'assegurar que el grup tingui el nombre exigit de persones abans de continuar.

Also, for long term sustainability of the chapter, the Affiliations Committee recommends that you gather a community of at least 20-25 people interested in creating or joining the chapter.

Step 2: Develop your Goals and Structure[edit]

When you have your minimum group of people, you should start a conversation on your future chapter's goals and structure. Try these questions as inspiration:

  • What do you want to accomplish as a chapter? What is your mission?
  • What kind of activities do you want to engage in (e.g. outreach, fundraising, public relations, publishing)?
  • What kind of structure do you want for your organization? Is there a board and a membership assembly?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of your board and your assembly? Who gets to decide what?
  • How do you imagine your organisation in a two-years' time? Five years'?

In determining your goals and structure, you may also want to contact existing chapters for advice and inspiration.

Step 3: Run a pilot program (Optional step)[edit]

So, you have some interested Wikimedians, and you have some basic idea about the kinds of activities your group would want to have as an officially recognized Wikimedia Chapter.

This is a perfect time to run a pilot program, which will give your group a concrete experience with running Wikimedian activities/events, strengthen the group's internal cohesion, increase motivation, and potentially draw in additional activists.

Here's a little secret: Nearly all activities and programs performed by chapters can be performed by non-chapters. Aside from fundraising and certain types of government outreach, any group of Wikimedians with the will and dedication to execute a program can do so, and the Wikimedia movement has some resources in place to help you do so:

The Wikimedia Foundation can grant you ad-hoc permission to use the Wikimedia trademarks (i.e. Wikipedia logo, Wikimedia logo) in your specific event/activity; the Foundation can provide funding for your program if required, via the Wikimedia Grants Program; other Wikimedia chapters can offer funding, advice, and other intangible resources.

So pick a program you'd like to run in your community or territory, making sure the scope is manageable and achievable for your group and your resources (especially human resources, i.e. time and skills!), before proceeding with the legal aspects of chapter creation.

The Affiliations Committee and the Wikimedia Board of Trustees are more likely to feel confident about your group's suitability to become the exclusive formal representative of the Wikimedia movement in your territory if your group can show at least one success in organizing Wikimedian work.


One example of a non-chapter group running a pilot program is the proposed Belgian chapter. They organised WikiLovesMonuments in 2011, 2012 and 2013. It enabled them to get into contact with governmental organisations and extend the group of interested people.

Quart pas: Redactar els estatuts[edit]

Your chapter's bylaws (statutes, or whatever the name of this document is in your language) should define the goals and objectives of your association in time and space. They should be precise and to the point. Avoid definitions which are either too vague or too restrictive.

A l'hora d'escriure els estatuts cal tenir en compte uns quants factors en aquest ordre:

  • the laws of your country
  • the primary goals of your organization should be in line with those of the Wikimedia Foundation, i.e. to promote free content and support the Wikimedia projects.
  • where possible, a non-profit status (or a status that allows you to tend towards non-profit)
  • avoid ties to political statements/groups that do not fit within the scope of Wikimedia projects

A fi d'assegurar que es compleixen aquests factors, aconsellem que principalment us inspireu en estatuts d'altres organitzacions del vostre país i després els adapteu als requisits i normes de Wikimedia. No intenteu traduir els estatuts dels capítols existents a Wikimedia, ja que la legislació difereix d'un país a l'altre i el que sembla evident en un país pot no tenir sentit en un altre.

Si teniu un advocat en el vostre grup, assegureu-vos que formi part important del procés de redacció. Recordeu que sou els darrers responsables de la validesa de la vostra organització dins de les lleis locals.

In every part of this process, do not hesitate to ask the Affiliations Committee or existing chapters' members for advice.

Cinquè pas: Presentar els estatuts al comitè d'afiliació per a la seva aprovació[edit]

When your chapter's goals and organization are agreed upon and your documents are ready (but before you do anything that would make the association official, like opening a bank account, holding a founding assembly, registering with your country's authorities etc.!), you should translate them into English and submit them to the Affiliations Committee for approval.

El comitè d'afiliació pot sol·licitar una traducció jurídica dels estatuts, i en tal cas proporcionarà el pressupost necessari per a la seva traducció.

El comitè d'afiliació revisarà els estatuts i posteriorment els enviarà al Consell de la Fundació Wikimedia per aprovar la creació de la vostra organització com a capítol de Wikimedia.

Sisè pas: Registre davant les autoritats[edit]

Així que hàgiu rebut l'aprovació de la Fundació Wikimedia, podeu procedir al registre de la vostra associació de la forma apropiada al vostre país. Tingueu en compte que en aquest moment de creació del capítol es poden signar diversos acords entre la Fundació Wikimedia i el capítol.

Setè pas: Obtenir finançament[edit]

Arribats a aquest punt, probablement necessitareu finançament. Possiblement haureu de pagar quotes de registre, obrir un compte bancari, etc. La primera font de finançament hauria de ser la comunitat en què es recolza la vostra organització (per exemple, si heu creat una associació, ara és el moment de recaptar les quotes dels associats).

If you require more money than you can reasonably hope to gather from your group, you can ask the Affiliations Committee to provide you with some additional funding to get you on your way. The Foundation also issues chapter grants.

The money (or your time) is necessary even if the registered chapter does not do anything. Usually after you registered the legal entity you need to prepare and provide regular reports to the state tax authorities and some other state bodies. Even if there are only zeros in the reports.

Vuitè pas: Endavant![edit]

Ja està tot fet! En aquest moment ja podeu dedicar-vos als objectius del vostre capítol i promoure els projectes Wikimedia al vostre país.

If you want some hints about possible projects, you can always look at what other chapters have accomplished or are currently doing.

Remember, you can always ask the Affiliations Committee as well as other chapters for help.

Bona sort!