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If you are an organisation interested in joining WIN, please read the instructions carefully and submit the relevant application form. We will email you once we receive your form and let you know what further information we require. Once we have received all the information we need, we will endeavour to contact you within 30 days to let you know the outcome of your application. 

WIN membership is by application only and subject to approval by WIN's Board of Trustees. We will let you know if your application is not successful and tell you the circumstances under which any reapplication would be considered.

Should your application be successful, we will contact you to confirm your status and provide additional information about the benefits and requirements of your participation in WIN. There is currently no fee for joining WIN.

WIN has two categories of participation - Associates and Members.
 
Members have a legal status under WIN's constitution and must be a national non-profit organisation that provides free legal advice and support to whistleblowers, or direct access to free legal advice.

Associates can be a national or international non-profit organisation and must demonstrate a long-term commitment to whistleblower protection activities.
 
You can find an overview of participation in WIN on our Membership page. If you have any questions about joining WIN or if you would like more information about the application process once you have reviewed the information below, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Becoming an Associate of WIN

To apply to be a WIN Associate, please read the requirements carefully and be ready to provide the relevant information once you have completed the form below.

We can only process your application once we have received all the necessary information. 

In order to become an Associate of WIN, your organisation must be
  • national or international non-profit organisation* (or its equivalent) that works on whistleblowing protection via advocacy, research, investigation, or other relevant activity that promotes the protection of whistleblowers as a main or key element of its mission or activities.  Associates do not have to provide direct access to free legal advice.
* Individuals, for-profit businesses, and government entities are not eligible to join. 

For the purposes of WIN association, a non-profit organisation includes non-profit and charitable incorporated organisations, national membership associations, trusts, NGOs, educational organisations, and university-based programmes or equivalent organisations around the world.

Prospective Associates must provide evidence of significant or regular activity in support of protecting and defending whistleblowers, through advocacy, training, promotion, support, publishing, broadcasting or other relevant activity. As proof that the organisation is an ongoing entity, WIN also looks for proof of registration as a non-profit, full-time staff, an operating budget, and an active website.
 
Associate organisations do not have voting rights but can put themselves forward to join WIN’s advisory group.  Details will be sent out later in 2019. 

Associate organisations are expected to participate actively in WIN, treat all other participating organisations iwith respect, and commit to WIN’s mission and core values, particularly with respect to protecting the public interest, promoting democratic accountability, and to not causing harm.  Once your appplication has been approved by WIN's Board of Trustees, you will receive WIN’s Code of Conduct for Associates as part of your welcome pack.


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Becoming a Member of WIN

To apply to be a WIN Member, please read the requirements carefully and be ready to provide the relevant information once you have completed the form below.

We can only process your application once we have received all the necessary information. 

In order to become an Member of WIN, your organisation must be:
  • a national non-profit organisation (or its equivalent) that works to defend and protect whistleblowers by providing free legal advice and support to individual whistleblowers, or direct access to free legal advice. 
Individuals, for-profit businesses, and government entities are not eligible to join. 

For the purposes of WIN membership, a non-profit organisation includes non-profit and charitable incorporated organisations, national membership associations, trusts, NGOs, educational organisations, and university-based programmes or equivalent organisations around the world.

Defend and protect whistleblowers is defined as providing individual support services and free legal advice or representation, or direct access to it.

Free legal advice is defined as providing advice within a lawyer-client relationship free of charge.  Support and advice can include advice on whether, how and where to raise a public interest concern, helping individuals to defend their actions in court in blowing the whistle and to seek redress. These services should be provided on a regular basis as part of the organisation’s mission or purpose. 

Prospective Members must provide evidence of ongoing delivery of individual case services and the direct access to legal advice they provide. Any other work you do on whistleblowing is also helpful. As proof that the organisation is an ongoing entity, WIN also looks for proof of registration as a non-profit, full-time staff, an operating budget, and an active website.

Member organisations have a legal status under WIN's constitution. This means that Member organisations vote for (and can put themselves forward for) positions on WIN's Board of Trustees.  Trustees elected from WIN Member organisations consitute a majority of the position on the Board.  Details on candidature and voting will be sent out later in 2019. 

Member organisations are expected to participate actively in WIN, treat all other participating organisations iwith respect, and commit to WIN’s mission and core values, particularly with respect to protecting the public interest, promoting democratic accountability, and to not causing harm. 

Once your application has been approved by WIN's Board of Trustees, you will receive WIN’s Code of Conduct for Members as part of your welcome pack.

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