The WP Community Collective (WPCC) is a new WordPress nonprofit organization. It seeks to provide fellowships to WordPress community members that financially support their contributions to the WordPress project and community and more. The WPCC lists its operating principles as clear and direct communication, transparency in goals and operations, and positive and proactive action. The founding members include Sé Reed, Katie Adams Farrell, and Courtney Robertson. There are also many ways to become a member of the organization.
Why this is excellent news
I have written
controversially extensively about different issues in the WordPress and tech communities: the financial hardship certain members face, underrepresentation, and the lack of communication. We have also instituted some cool programs to lead by example on what we thought were some of these issues. So trust me when I say, this news is a breath of fresh air!
The home page of the WPCC shows clearly defined goals.
Fellowships seek to help underrepresentation in the community and fund more contributions toward the project. This initiative is key in making the community more diverse and giving more underrepresented groups a voice.
Well-defined initiatives/projects help the community grow in the areas of accessibility, education, and compatibility. There is a special focus on accessibility with the WPCC’s first initiative, the WPCC Accessibility Fellowship. This fellowship supports a WordPress contributor while they dedicate 5 to 10 hours a week to work on the Make WordPress Accessibility Team. This is an amazing win for accessibility in the WordPress community.
Communication can flourish in WPCC, a space where governance, leadership, and community are discussed! This may be the biggest “Oh!” for community members. There has been a constant disagreement in the community on how to properly address issues and also get clear and transparent answers. Having a place where everyone is welcomed, has easy access, and has transparency is a win.
The WPCC has several ways to get involved. There is the donation method if you want to fund the program in general or support a specific initiative like the organizing fund or the fellowship fund. Companies can become corporate sponsors/partners as well. There’s also a free route where people can become individual members and/or pledge. Finally, there is a mailing list for those who want to stay in the know of what the WPCC is doing.
I am very excited that there is an organization in the community such as the WPCC. The co-founders are wonderful people with a track record of showing they care about the WordPress community and its direction. This organization appears in my opinion to be a way of enriching the community even more and growing it in a safe and honest way. I cannot wait to see all their wonderful success.