I am from the Netherlands and, its chapter is very much depended on WMF
money. Fundraising is NOT its strong point.. If you are interested in a
chapter that has its own revenue stream look at Poland.
I do know that the Indian chapter did not receive the funding it looked for
and, personally I dislike the arguments used. However, what I do see is
that there is unnecessary rivalry between CIS and the chapter. Unnecessary
because they do and should aim for the same goal. Given the size of India,
the combined funding is really small and given the size of India there are
many, many more opportunities once everything is said and done. The energy
that goes in fighting CIS is energy wasted. CIS has a limited mandate in
time and when the chapter and CIS find it in themselves to work together it
is more than likely that the CIS projects and funding will find a home
under the India chapter umbrella.
I applaud you for wanting to raise funds that will make up the shortfall
because of the limited WMF funding. The point of those projects is to
achieve its goals. So define the best goals and projects you can. Find the
money and expose the WMF arguments by doing a better job than they do.
On 28 April 2014 09:29, Dhaval S. Vyas <dsv...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Gerard,
> I know a chapter in Europe, where probably you come from, which doesn't
> depend on WMF's grant or funds as it has raised a huge amount on its own.
> That chapter, WMUK, is still considered WMF chapter if I am not mistaking.
> Also, the need for WMIN to raise its own funds has arisen because of WMF's
> FDC's decision to not fund it and fund another private organisation.
> I hope this helps you to understand what's being discussed.
> On 28 Apr 2014 08:16, "Gerard Meijssen" <gerard.meijs...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Independence is just that. When you can get money when you focus on
>> certain goals, you will when you do. When you want to go a different route,
>> you may but that is your route and funding for it is your responsibility as
>> Given what a chapter is, I would expect that it has ample scope to
>> explore its own territory and seek its own priorities. My question is, when
>> a chapter moves outside of what WMF / FDC is funding, to what extend is it
>> still and does it deserve to be the chapter of the WMF?
>> On 28 April 2014 08:51, Gautam John <gau...@akshara.org.in> wrote:
>>> On 18 April 2014 12:03, Asaf Bartov <abar...@wikimedia.org> wrote:
>>> > This is in response to WMIN not being granted the full amount it has
>>> > requested via the Annual Plan Grants process. Since funds are
>>> > relatively plentifully at the movement level, and since WMF is
>>> > interested in promoting the mission in India, I would argue a better
>>> > easier!) solution would be to address the likely sources of
>>> > between WMIN's expectations and thinking and those of WMF and the
>>> In general, are Chapters expected to focus on what the goals of the
>>> WMF and FDC are? Or are they free to chart their own course about
>>> things that they believe are important to the geographies they serve?
>>> And if they don't toe the WMF/FDC policy/strategy line then they don't
>>> get money? How does this foster any sort of independence?
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