Hi Joseph Seddon !!
Nice to know about the fundraiser in India.
According to the fundraiser request page (that asks for PAN number), looks
like WMF is really serious to generate some money from India.
Probably, WMF is now well aware of FCRA and other regulations in
India..Thanks to the discussions that happened (on the mailing list or off
the list) during the de-recogniation of the India chapter !!
It is likely that WMF can receive money directly from general Indian public.
Was impressed with this and out of curiosity, digged a bit further on the
QR code. Found that the money goes to some Depansum Solutions Private ltd.
More digging into this showed that the company is incorporated in 2018 and
has capital of just Rs. 1 lakh !!!
I suppose WMF gives out much more money to various volunteers and user
groups for even many smaller projects.
Not sure how and why WMF found such a great creditable company to receive
money on their behalf !!
This is surely going to raise a doubt about WMF intentions especially when
this is coming up after the closure of India activities.
Dont know how and why CIS-A2K was not involved in this money receiving. I
think they have the required financial permissions.
Hope WMF answers these queries quickly. OR else, the usual delay in
response will confirm something fishy going on somewhere !!
Have a good day and be safe and coronafree !!
1. Fundraising in India - Launched (Joseph Seddon)
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 17:31:56 +0100
From: Joseph Seddon <jseddon(a)wikimedia.org>
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] Fundraising in India - Launched
It makes me very happy to announce we have at last launched our fundraiser
in India :) This has been a huge effort and I want to thank the community
members who have passed on feedback, tested our infrastructure, forwarded
tweets and news stories, and just generally been amazingly supportive :)
Like our other fundraising campaigns this will run for around 4 weeks. If
you are regularly seeing banners, I recommend you log in to your wikimedia
accounts on wiki. We don't show banners to logged in users so as to not
disrupt their work.
* If you need to report a bug or technical issue, please create a
phabricator ticket [https://phabricator.wikimedia
* If you see a donor on a talk page, OTRS or social media having
difficulties in donating, please refer them to donate(a)wikimedia.org.
* If you have specific ideas to share, please feel invited to add them to
our fundraising ideas page [https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki
You can also contact me directly with my email address
and I can forward your feedback to the right person on the team.
Thank you everyone!
*Senior Community Relations Specialist*
*Advancement (Fundraising), Wikimedia Foundation*