September 3, 2010

How to get a Wikipedia page for your nonprofit



Guest post by Manny Hernandez
Diabetes Hands Foundation

After more than three years, the Diabetes Hands Foundation finally has a Wikipedia page. But it was a long, painful journey.

Because I couldn’t find much when I Googled “Wikipedia nonprofits,” I decided to share the lessons we learned so that you can begin on the right track to get your organization listed.

Build your reputation and ‘notability’ first

No matter how important you think your work is — and I am sure you are doing amazing things for others in the world — your organization needs to be notable, according to Wikipedia’s guidelines, before it can be worthy for inclusion on Wikipedia. Quoting:

An organization is generally considered notable if it has been the subject of significant coverage in reliable, independent secondary sources. Trivial or incidental coverage of a subject by secondary sources is not sufficient to establish notability. All content must be verifiable.

Don’t kill the messenger! This set the rules of their site and it’s worked for them so far, though the jury is still out on this one. So, your blog? Not typically a reliable, independent secondary source. A passing mention in an article in your local newspaper? Not notable enough. If you come to think of it, these guidelines are what keeps the site as encyclopedic as it can hope to be. Continue reading