Movement roles project/Chapters
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This page is kept for historical interest. Any policies mentioned may be obsolete.
Related to now concluded Wikimedia movement roles project.
Please help improve these draft parameters through edits or suggestions on the talk page.
- 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 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 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.
- 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.