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If your  organisation is interested in formally participating in WIN, you can register your interest below.

Please remember that WIN supports a range of organisations and projects, whether or not they are a formal part of the network.  We are always happy to learn more about your work in this important field.

Once we know more about how you support public interest whistleblowing, we may invite your organisation to apply to formally join the Network.  We will let you know what further information we require and how long the process will take. WIN membership is by invitation only and subject to approval by WIN's Board of Trustees.

If your application is not successful, we will tell you the circumstances under which any reapplication would be considered. 

There is currently no fee for joining WIN.
 
For more details, see our Membership page. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Becoming a WIN Associate

If you think your organisation would benefit from participating in WIN, then please register your interest and we will be in touch!  Be ready to discuss how your organisation fulfils the requirements to be a WIN Associate.
 
  • a 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.  
 * 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 need to show 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 ad hoc committees.    

Associates are expected to participate actively in WIN, treat all other participating organisations with 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 Associates as part of your welcome pack.

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Becoming a WIN Member

If you think your organisation would benefit from participating in WIN, then please register your interest and we will be in touch!  Please read the information below carefully and be ready to discuss how your organisation fulfils the requirements to be a WIN Member.
 
  • 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 case 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.  This can include early advice as well as representation in formal proceedings. These services must be provided as part of the organisation’s mission or purpose.

Prospective Members need to show evidence of ongoing delivery of individual case services and the direct access to legal advice they provide. Other work on whistleblowing is also helpful.  As evidence that the organisation is an ongoing entity, WIN 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. They put forward and elect a majority of Trustees on WIN’s Board.    

Member organisations are expected to participate actively in WIN, treat all other participating organisations with 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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