Wikimedia UK one step closer to charitable status

There was a record-breaking turnout of UK Wikipedians on Sunday 16th October for the 50th London Meetup and an Extraordinary General Meeting of WMUK.   The single resolution passed with 49 votes for, none against and one abstention (including 24 proxy votes).   The resolution adopted a new  “Objects clause” in our constitution to make us ready to become a UK Registered Charity – our full Articles of Association are available to view here. It was explained at the meeting that discussions with the Charity Commission have been progressing well, and the Board are optimistic that Wikimedia UK will achieve charity status soon, hopefully in time for the start of the 2011 Fundraiser in November.   This will enable WMUK to collect Gift Aid, and brings other advantages, such as discounts on normal business rates – and providing a more professional and trustworthy image to the public.   The new CEO, Jon Davies, also answered questions from attendees.