Wikimedia movement affiliates/Models

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In acknowledgement of the diversity of groups contributing to the Wikimedia movement, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees recognizes models of affiliation within the Wikimedia movement - currently chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups.


History

The current Wikimedia affiliation models was developed by the Movement roles project. Development began in 2010 after discussion at the Chapters meeting 2010 and was approved unanimously by the Board of Trustees on March 31, 2012. The Affiliations Committee advises and makes recommendations regarding the recognition and existence of Wikimedia movement affiliates.


Wikimedia movement affiliates models

Affiliates may change from one affiliation model to another, and should prioritize cooperation with one another without hierarchy.

Chapters
Incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting movement work globally, focused within a geography. Chapters or national/sub-national organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity, and fundraising.
Thematic organizations
Incorporated independent non-profits representing the Wikimedia movement and supporting work focused on a specific theme, topic, subject or issue within or across countries and regions. Thematic or focused organizations use a name clearly linking them to Wikimedia and are granted use of Wikimedia trademarks for their work, publicity and fundraising.
User groups
Open membership groups with an established contact person and history of projects, designed to be easy to form. User groups may or may not choose to incorporate and are granted limited use of the Wikimedia marks for publicity related to events and projects.
Movement partners (not yet active)
Like-minded organizations that actively support the Wikimedia movement’s work. They are listed publicly and granted limited use of the marks for publicity indicating their support of and collaboration with Wikimedia. Note: This model is currently under development and not yet active.


Comparison of requirements for affiliation models
Requirement Chapters Thematic organizations Wikimedia user groups
Minimum active Wikimedia editors 10 10 3
Suggested minimum members 20 20 10
Focus Geographic Thematic Any which advances Wikimedia
Mission aligned with Wikimedia Foundation MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Compliance with naming guidelines and trademark policy MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Information about group published on a Wikimedia wiki MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Plans for activities or efforts to advance Wikimedia projects MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Allows new members MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Two designated contacts for Wikimedia Foundation MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Legally incorporated MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Amendable bylaws approved by Affiliations Committee MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Two years of activities prior to applying MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Requires approval by Wikimedia Foundation Board MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Governing board elected by members, including new members MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Activity and financial reports posted regularly on Meta-Wiki MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Capacity to represent Wikimedia movement in focus area MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Typical development time 2-3 years 2-3 years 1-4 months
Projected time for approval 4-6 months 4-6 months 1-3 weeks


Comparison of expectations for affiliation models
Expectation Chapters Thematic organizations Wikimedia user groups
Offline and online activities to support Wikimedia MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Multiple each quarter
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Multiple each quarter
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At least one a year
Notification of changes to governing documents or leadership MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Compliance with movement policies and governing principles MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Collaboration with other affiliates and projects MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Annual report published on Meta-Wiki MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Detailed
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Summary
Maintain expertise within group's scope that is accessible to Wikimedia community MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Regular activity and finance reports published on Meta-Wiki MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Monitor and engage in communications topics related to to group's scope MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Monitor and engage in public policy matters related to group's scope MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Represent Wikimedia at public events related to group's scope MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg
Diverse funding sources MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg MW-Icon-CheckMark.svg