Grants:Project/Rapid/Western NC's 3rd Holocaust preservation Edit-A-Thon

Western NC's 3nd Holocaust preservation Edit-A-Thon
This is Western North Carolina's 3nd Edit-A-Thon of focusing on expanding the history of Holocaust survivors where we are pushing new and existing editors to expand the recorded history of Jews who survived the Nazi extermination in World War II.
start dateNovember 13
start year2019
end dateNov 22
end year2019
budget (USD)$1515
grant typeIndividual - as part of the North Carolina Triangle Wikipedia’s
contact(s)•• We have a user group:
website (if applicable)North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project GoalEdit

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Increase skills for existing editors
  3. Add or improve content

Project PlanEdit


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

This will be a single edit a thon to expand the history of Holocaust Survivors in Western NC, our third of hopefully many in the future.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

We will be having our school promote this event through social media. We also will be putting this out as part of the North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians user groups. We have already promoted this at a lecture at AB-Tech by Dr. Walter Ziffer a Holocaust Survivor, who has worked in the past with our school to preserve the history of the Holocaust and past Edit-A-Thons. Please be aware, we are waiting on some other information such as travel plans from Wiki experts and venue reservations which is why we are setting a time frame vs. an exact date for the event in November.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? < Myself, Kasey Baker (user Kayz911) and potentially Frank Jones (user frankcjones) will be participating in this event if funded. We are both experienced editors and have a long track record of running events like these. The last of which was in November of 2019 in Asheville. We also hope to put this out to our user group in our strong user group for those who wish to attend should Frank not be able to attend.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them? Computers and a classroom will be provided for participants. Myself and our user group have hosted quite a few edit a thons and are very proficient. I will be bringing in hopefully a second expert editor and I will have my class participate in this project as well partnering with the Wiki education project.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)? We are using this event to expand our user group and get further buy in from our school and community to support future Wiki projects and to recruit other professors into the education program.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project? We had an extremely successful project last November (funded by you all), we came in on budget and we had a decent turn out of about 25 people and hundreds of edits, and over 50 people from our first event (see link for more details: Our professional development department (many of who attended the event) has pledged their support in promotion of the event as part of making this our 2nd edit-a-thon at AB-Tech this year. We were very excited about that, and expect a large turner turn out than this spring


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events 1
  2. Number of participants 35-45
  3. Number of new editors 30
  4. Number of of articles created or improved 35-45
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding). As always, I have a strong buy in from our school's PR staff, professional development department, my department and community and a holocaust survivor that promotes this event. I feel uncertain that If I cannot get another Wikipedian expert to join us, this will be too much for me to personally manage from past experiences in this event. The majority of this group lives in Central NC hundreds of miles away and have already spoken with some of you in regards to the need for support in this specific event as we have shown a track record of delivering upon what we set out to do when we are supported. As always, you all make these events possible and has garnished quite a bit of good will and buzz on our campus for Wikipedia and the movement.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount. As this is my third grant for this project, I know what this budget is going to entail this time around. We cut it very close last time, so I want to make sure I can be more accurate on the budget coming into the fall where there is rush on hotels and increased prices.

1. Food/snacks catering Drinks/snacks/plates/cups/forks (supplies etc) was too low last time, and but were able to donate the extra food to local non-profits, soup kitchens and other nonprofits which we will do again this time (I expect to come in under budget with this but I rather be slightly under budget than over budget and cutting corners): $800

2. Travel expenditures and hotel. Previous travel costs for one Wikipedian to attend the event from our user group was between 650-700 miles round trip at a cost of 0.58 a mile = $405, Hotel costs for our previous event was lower than what it will be in the fall (but might come in slightly under budget), this time approximately for two nights previous $155 x 2 nights equal $310. Total travel expenses and lodging estimate asked to ensure travel costs is: $715

No other costs are expected to be needed for this event, and I still have some supplies leftover from our last successful grant,


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