We are close to getting approval from WMF Legal for the name Cascadia
Wikimedians User Group. We're just waiting for the final sign-off through
In the meantime, I wanted to let board members know that I'm working on a
more detailed accounting of what our startup costs will be. So far I have
an estimate of about $1100 for our first year, but I need to do some
research on getting us proper insurance so that if something happens (for
example, someone slips and falls at an event that we're hosting, or someone
is driving on CWUG business and they get into a car accident) we will have
decent insurance. These legal and finance considerations are probably more
tedious than we need to discuss on the Cascadia email list, but I wanted to
let people know that I'm working on them in the background. For our startup
costs we may approach Wikimedia DC (thanks Kirill for the info about DC's
grants program) and/or the Project and Event Grants program at WMF (which
is why I'm also sending this email to Alex Wang who is the grantmaking
officer for that program, so she can anticipate that we may approach
PEG/GAC for funding).
Additionally, I'm hoping that we can get a small grant of $50 or so for
covering food and non-alcoholic beverages at our joint holiday party in
December with TA3M Seattle.
I hope that we have approval for the CWUG name from WMF Legal next week.
If any Cascadia board members would like to work with me on the legal and
financial setup, please let me know. I'm happy to share the workload, and I
have some research tasks that I'd appreciate help with doing.
*This is an Encyclopedia* <https://www.wikipedia.org/>
*One gateway to the wide garden of knowledge, where lies The deep rock of
our past, in which we must delve The well of our future,The clear water we
must leave untainted for those who come after us,The fertile earth, in
which truth may grow in bright places, tended by many hands,And the broad
fall of sunshine, warming our first steps toward knowing how much we do not
As I've told some of you in person, I have started to work under a
temporary contract for WMF as an intern of the Learning and Evaluation Team
in the Grantmaking Department. I hope that I gain knowledge and experience
from this venture that will benefit Cascadia. In case you are interested, I
have a WMF profile here: https://meta.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Bgibbs_(WMF)
My WMF work doesn't give me the authority to approve grants or validate
grant reports at WMF, so I believe that there is no conflict of interest
with Cascadia Wikimedians.
I hope to see a number of you later this week at the community data