Affiliations Committee/Chapter Summary Matrix

Criteria edit

Wikimedia chapters (and user groups that apply for recognition as chapters) are expected to demonstrate a history of effective programmatic work. The Affiliations Committee will evaluate groups' history using three main criteria:
All chapters and potential chapters will also continue to be evaluated against the existing legal, governance, and viability criteria:

Benefits & Limitations edit

Benefits Limitations
  • Geographic exclusivity: Only one chapter can exist in a particular country or region.
  • Naming exclusivity: Chapters are the only affiliates which may use names of the form "Wikimedia {Location}".
  • Access to larger grants: Chapters are eligible to apply for larger annual plan grants ($100K+) through the Wikimedia Foundation's Annual Plan Grants process.
  • Access to trademarks: Chapters sign a trademark agreement that allows non-commercial use of all Wikimedia trademarks.
  • Access to fundraising: Chapters may use Wikimedia trademarks for fundraising, and may have access to additional fundraising opportunities (such as payment processing for the annual Wikimedia Foundation fundraiser).
  • Additional representation: Chapters may send two (or more, in the case of chapters with paid staff) representatives to the annual Wikimedia Conference.
  • Selection of board seats: Chapters may participate in the selection process for the Wikimedia Foundation's affiliate-selected Board seats.
  • Legal status: Chapters must be legally incorporated entities, and must follow all applicable laws and regulations in their home jurisdiction.
  • Non-profit status: Chapters must be non-profit organizations (or have an equivalent legal status in their home jurisdiction).
  • Open governance: Chapters must allow new members to join and have a governing body that is elected by and responsible to the members.
  • Compliance with bylaws: Chapters must submit their bylaws for approval prior to recognition, comply with those bylaws, and inform the Wikimedia Foundation if their bylaws change.
  • Compliance with agreements: Chapters must comply with their chapter, trademark, and grant agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Public reporting: Chapters must publish regular activity and financial reports.
  • Political activities: Chapters must not engage in political activities unrelated to the Wikimedia mission, and may be subject to other restrictions on political activity based on laws in their home jurisdiction or grant agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Public image: Chapters must not engage in activities that damage the reputation of the Wikimedia Foundation or the Wikimedia movement.