Incorporation

When Miraheze was founded in July 2015, all of its assets (ie funds, domain names and servers) were under the control of John Lewis. As of December 2015, Brent Laabs was in charge of this.

However, this was not a viable situation. All of Miraheze being the responsibility and personal assets of one person posed major risks in various ways for all stakeholders. As such, incorporation was deemed mandatory. In the initial plans, Miraheze was to become a 501(c)(3) organization in the United States, but in late 2019 after considering and exploring different statuses, it was decided to form a not-for-profit company in the United Kingdom. Owen Baines, a family member of John, had taken the lead to do all the required paper work and organisation of this not-for-profit company.

The not-for-profit company, Miraheze Limited, was registered on 20 November 2019. Due to several issues that need to be handled (for example the transfer of assets), a translation period lasted until 31 December 2019. As such, changes were small and planned but did not cause any impact on users.

See File:Miraheze-AoA.pdf for Miraheze Limited's Governing Document.


Board of Directors

The board of directors lead the operations of the not-for-profit company. The first directors were be:

Username Real name Country of Residence / Citizenship E-mail (Miraheze) Involvement on Miraheze Appointment Role
Owen Mr Owen Baines United Kingdom owen[at]miraheze[dot]org UK representative for the not-for-profit company appointed director - unless renewed, two years Secretary and Treasurer
Southparkfan Mr Ferran Tufan Netherlands southparkfan[at]miraheze[dot]org system administrator, steward technical volunteer's nominated director - unless renewed, two years Chair
Void Mr Alexander Zimmerman United States void[at]miraheze[dot]org steward appointed director - unless renewed, two years

It is important to know votes are divided evenly among the directors. All directors mentioned above have reached the age of majority in their country and the United Kingdom (which is 18+).

What changed after 31 December?

  • Legal status: Miraheze is a not-for-profit limited company registered in the United Kingdom.
  • System administrators/SRE: There were no changes visible to users: all current sysadmins keep the same status and responsibilities as before incorporation.
  • Directors: As Miraheze will be not-for-profit company, there will be a board composed of three directors
  • Terms of Use/Privacy Policy: Changes will be made regarding the jurisdiction (now the United Kingdom), Copyright laws (to respect the United Kingdom laws) as well as minor grammatical changes
  • Finance: Finance will no longer managed by Labster but instead will be managed by one of the directors, Owen from now on

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.