The Wikimedia projects have an international scope, and the Wikimedia movement has already made a significant impact throughout the world. To continue this success on an organizational level, Wikimedia is building an international network of associated organizations. There are currently 38 Wikimedia chapters.
Local chapters are self-dependent organizations that share the goals of the Wikimedia Foundation and support them within a specified geographical region. They support the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wikimedia community and the Wikimedia projects in different ways - by collecting donations, organizing local events and projects and spreading the word of Wikimedia and Free Culture. They also provide the volunteer community and potential partners and supporters with a point of contact capable of fulfilling specific local needs.
If you have questions about local chapters or want to start one in your country, please don't hesitate to contact the Chapters committee. For more information about existing and planned local chapters, please see the Wikimedia chapters page on Meta.
Please note that the local chapters are independent associations with no legal control of or responsibility for the websites of the Wikimedia Foundation or vice versa.
Wiki Bangladesh (WMBD) is the Bengali Wikimedia chapter. It was created as a voluntary and non-profit organization in Dhaka as the Wikimedia Bangladesh Foundation and its memorandum of understanding was formally approved by the Wikimedia Foundation on 3 October 2011. Its official registration in Bangladesh is pending for a later public opening.
Wiki Canada, (d/b/a Wikimedia Canada in English and Wikimédia Canada in French), is the Canadian Wikimedia chapter. It was incorporated in November 2010 and formally recognized by the Foundation in May 2011.
Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V. (Wikimedia Germany - society for the promotion of free knowledge) was founded on 13 June 2004 in Berlin as Wikimedia's first local chapter. At the end of 2006 the membership association counted more than 300 members. Among other activities Wikimedia Deutschland initiated several important partnerships, for example with Directmedia Publishing, the publisher of the German Wikipedia-DVD, and the Deutsche Bibliothek (German national library). Donations to Wikimedia Deutschland are tax-deductible in Germany.
Wikimedia Hong Kong Limited (Traditional Chinese: 香港維基媒體協會有限公司) is the local chapter of Wikimedia in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. It was founded on 14 July 2007 in Hong Kong, and was officially registered on 18 September 2007. It was recognized by the Foundation on 1 March 2008.
Wikimédia Magyarország Egyesület was founded in September 2008, and it was officially registered and recognized by the Foundation in November 2008 with the aim of pursuing the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation as an association of public benefit.
Wikimedia India is Wikimedia's Indian chapter. It was formally approved by the Foundation in June 2010 and was registered as a society on 3 January 2011. The chapter is constituted by its Executive Committee and allows membership to anyone interested in joining.
Wikimedia Israel (Hebrew: ויקימדיה-ישראל, Arabic: ويكيمديا إسرائيل) is the Israeli Wikimedia chapter. It was officially registered on 26 June 2007, after an organizing process that began on 15 December 2006, when the idea was brought before the local Wikimedian community in one of its conferences.
"Викимедија Македонија" (Wikimedia Macedonia) is a Citizens' Association run upon the law for the citizen associations and foundations, founded on 13 March 2009 in Skopje, Macedonia. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation on 21 September 2009.
Wikimedia Philippines (WMPH) is the Philippine Wikimedia chapter, a non-stock, non-profit corporation duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Republic of the Philippines. The product of nearly four years of intense discussion among many members of the Philippine Wikimedia community, WMPH was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation on March 17, 2010, and officially incorporated on April 12, 2010.
Associação Wikimedia Portugal (WMP) is the Portuguese Wikimedia chapter. It was approved by the WMF on 4 July 2009, and was registered as an official organization under Portuguese law on September 21, 2009.
Викимедиа РУ (Wikimedia RU) is the Russian Wikimedia chapter. It was approved in May 2008 and officially registered as an organization (in the form of "non-commercial partnership") under RF law in November 2008.
Wikimedia España is the Spanish Wikimedia chapter and a non-profit association run under the laws of Spain. It was founded and recognized by the Foundation in February 2011 after a long process of more than four years.
Wikimedia Taiwan (Chinese: 中華民國維基媒體協會) is the Taiwanese Wikimedia chapter. It was officially registered on 11 Feburary 2007 in Taipei, Taiwan, after an organization process that began in 19 Feburary 2006. It was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation as a Wikimedia Chapter on 4 July 2007.
Wikimedia Ukraine Community Association (Ukrainian: громадська організація «Вікімедіа Україна») was founded on the First Annual Meeting on May 31, 2009. On July 3, 2009 organization was approved by the Wikimedia Foundation as the Ukrainian chapter. On July 13, 2009 Wikimedia Ukraine was registered by Ministry of Justice.
Wikimedia District of Columbia is a Wikimedia regional chapter in the United States, recognized by the Foundation on 12 September 2011. The Wiki Society of Washington, DC Inc. was incorporated in the District of Columbia as a non-profit educational organization on 7 May 2011, and serves the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia as well as the area of Washington in the Federal District of Columbia.
Wikimedia New York City is a Wikimedia regional chapter in the United States, recognized by the Foundation on 12 January 2009. It was incorporated as a non-profit on 7 July 2009, and serves the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Join our mailing list for local meetings and events.