2008/11/25 Liam Wyatt <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:
> On a more serious note:
> What is the rules about donations received in australia being given to the
> Foundation. I know that the law in Germany says this is not allowed and
> therefore the German chapter uses their money to provide things like the
> tool server. In other countries they are allowed to pass the money forward
> and this is what they do - the money going into the Foundation's larger
> collection. This will not affect us this year but it may do in the future.
> What is the law/our rules?

There is nothing in our rules about it. I had a quick look at the Act
<http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/aia1981307/> and
didn't see anything immediately obvious.

Nonetheless, we are obviously not just a funnelling operation to
forward donations to WMF. I don't think we have any plans to do this,

Which countries (or chapters) do this? I am a bit surprised to hear of
it. It sounds like rather an impairment to chapter independence.

If in the future we join the WMF's fundraising campaign (like these
chapters <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate/Chapters/en>)
then we would, as it says, "invest 50% of the revenue raised during
the course of the fundraiser in activities agreed upon with the
Wikimedia Foundation, and 50% in local program activities."

So WMF's suggested activity is still not going be "send your money to
us", I suspect. Maybe it would be "pay a local developer's salary" (or
maybe lunch money ;)).


They've just been waiting in a mountain for the right moment:

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