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Volunteer supporters meeting in Wallisellen, 2019
Volunteer supporters meeting in Vienna, 2018
Volunteer supporters meeting in Berlin, 2017
Workshop at Wikimedia Conference 2015
Volunteer support pre-conference, Wikimania 2014


The Volunteer Supporters Network (VSN) is an open network of Wikimedians supporting Wikimedia volunteers. Our mission is to enhance volunteer support in the Wikimedia movement.

The impact we want to achieve is to improve the conditions for online and offline participation of volunteers, to increase diversity and to strengthen the spirit of global cooperation and innovation. We develop, grow and maintain collaboration and exchange of expertise, ideas and resources.


About us

The project of an open global volunteer supporters network got going at Wikimania 2014 in London. Since then, we exchange our expertise and experiences as well as collaborate on common issues and tasks on a regular basis by

  • Establishing and maintaining communication channels for volunteer supporters from Wikimedia organisations
  • Holding meetings/workshops in the context of international Wikimedia events and beyond
  • Creating and sharing resources for volunteer support.


How to get involved?

Any person working in volunteer support as a staff member of a Wikimedia affiliate can become a Member of the Volunteer Supporters Network. Any Wikimedian active in volunteer support and with a good standing in the Wikimedia communities can apply to become a Liaison of the Volunteer Supporters Network. Liaisons can include volunteers as well as staff members of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Find out more by reading our internal regulations.


What are we working on right now?

In 2022, the Volunteer Supporters Network will be contributing to the Movement Strategy and supporting implementation of several Wikimedia 2030 goals. Learn more about our 2022 initiatives here!