Grants:Simple/Applications/AfroCROWD/2020-2021


Application or grant stage: in progress
Applicant or grantee: AfroCROWD
Amount requested: US $61,517.75
Amount granted: US$61,517.75
Funding period: 1 JULY 2020 - 20 JUNE 2021
Midpoint report due: 15 January 2021
Final report due: 30 July 2021

BackgroundEdit

Annual PlanEdit

  • Link to any outside relevant document in this case our Mid Point Report around our annual plan. As the COVID-19 Pandemic drastically altered our year, we would like to pick up where we left off in the coming fiscal year with new adaptations made with these times in mind.

Budget and resource planEdit

Budget and resource Link to a detailed budget (that also includes a plan for raising the resources you need).

We have calculated our total budget for this grant cycle to be $61,517.75.

Staffing PlanEdit

Link to your staffing plan - if you're asking for staff for the first time, please give a rationale (and talk to your program officer) Contractor 1: AfroCROWD Executive Director (July 2021 - June 2021) The duties of the executive director, and has been in AfroCROWD management role since 2015 will be as follows in this grant cycle:

  • Direct AfroCROWD programs;
  • Coordinate webinars, online editathons and editathon reporting including maintenance of on-wiki page;
  • Managing and maintaining institutional/GLAM/Grassroots partnerships to further these programs;
  • Pursue and maintain new institutional/GLAM/Grassroots partnerships;
  • Direct social media accounts to support outreach for the programs and the AfroCROWD brand;
  • Research and draft monthly newsletter;
  • Where needed, represent the organization in public appearances and conferences;
  • Draft grant applications and reports.
  • Manage:
  • Budget
  • Strategy
  • expenses reimbursement
  • Invoice payment
  • Reporting
  • Maintaining accounts
  • Partnerships and programs (Unless a Program Director is hired)
  • Contractors and staffers, if any (from hiring to payment)
  • All reports to funder(s) and funder relations (Unless a development person is hired)
  • ED can delegate any portion of the above to any staffers they might hire.

Please describe any changes to your staffing plan for the upcoming funding period. These should include increases in staff or contractor hours, new staff positions, or staff positions you are removing. Include your rationale for any staffing changes here. Our staffing plan has expanded to handle expansion of partnerships and programming as well as more international and inter-regional programming and contractor 1’s expanded responsibilities.

Strategic planEdit

  • Link to your strategic plan if you have one

AfroCROWD's aim for 2020-2021 has been altered to adapt to the vastly changing times which we are currently experiencing. We have begun work documenting the Black experience during the COVID 19 Pandemic, and ensure the sharing of information among the many languages of the African Diaspora, linking with global partners to do this. We are also continuing the expanded work we began in the Caribbean.

Additionally, we are also looking to expand use of Youtube and involve tech like 360 virtual reality and other innovations to expandWe also want to take a look at disaster response in the area of open access to the tech that makes editing Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wiki Commons possible.

We also want to expand our participation in One Librarian one Reference and Internet in a Box tech.

Finally, we want to expand our participation in Wikidata projects. As we adapt to our programming being moved at least for the short term solely online, we want to expand our creativity around how to reach out, locate and work together with the our community and partners online and in the created spaces of the Wikimedia Movement.

It is a great time to work together, even as our worlds are operating a minimum 6 feet apart. We are dedicated to discovering what is possible.

IntroductionEdit

  • Introduce your organization, give some context about it, highlight your strategic plan and some activities to give an overview.

Despite the advent of the Corona Virus and an international pandemic that has derailed plans throughout the Wikimedia movement and the World, AfroCROWD remains optimistic about the future of its initiative. In fact, the crisis has build our resolve and perspective on the utility of knowledge through platforms like Wikipedia to empower us during uncertain times. despite the changes, we have adapted to continue to develop during the pandemic, using our4 programming to encourage and teach and even entertain those we partner and work to engage in the WIkipedia community and new areas like the Caribbean diaspora.

Engaging both the languages of the African Diaspora and oral knowledge, we will also be holding:

  • One or more events in collaboration with Wikitongues and other partners, generating oral testimonials in several African Diaspora languages to be uploaded to Commons.
  • A Haitian Creole Translatathon
  • A Francophone editathon engaging French and francophone communities in partnership with WMNYC, Wikifranca and Wikimedia Canada
  • We would like to continue to have more translation events focused on languages in the African Diaspora (for example Haitian Kreyòl and Garifuna)
  • We drafted affiliates agreements to be signed by AfroCROWD branch organizers going forward
  • We’re going to continue including wikidata in our editathon trainings
  • We plan again have a women focused virtual editathon campaign. It would focus on around Wiki Project African Diaspora during African Union Day May 25th.
  • We will be collaborating with partners and organizations from the African Diaspora for a Black film editathon focused on films within the African diaspora.
  • We are looking at a cos-play / comics editathon in partnership with BLERD and other partners. This can be done online.
  • We will continue using our training videos to encourage editathons that do not require our physical presence in locations where we cannot necessarily travel and will be implementing voice overs for the tutorials.

AfroCROWD will continue to seek to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among potential editors of African descent. AfroCROWD events and activities will engage existing contributors and new contributors in building community and in content creation with the aim of bridging the multicultural gap in editorship and content coming from and regarding Africa and the African Diaspora through online meetups, editathons, public speaking, social media outreach, community engagement, and partnerships with cultural grassroots groups in our target groups and GLAM and educational institutions.

ProgramsEdit

Goal By June 30, 2021: Continue to maintain existing community in the United States and support factors of growth

  • Continue to work on integration and cross-fertilization of existing AfroCROWD community to the broader movement
  • 2 AfroCROWDers attend Wikimania
  • 4-5 Articles in blogs, local or national press
  • Hold an editathon, translatathon or recordathon per trimester (online while restrictions remain)
  • Generate a monthly newsletter of AfroCROWD news and activities in the Wikipedia Movement
  • Continued maintenance of mailing list and continued maintenance and growth of a cross-continental AfroCROWD google group and/or Slack channel
  • Support and encourage Wikipedia-related efforts by members of the community, using our new training video
  • Continue using toolkit and Training video for those in target group who want to hold editathons independently (this continues in French and Haitian Creole)
  • Continue fostering awareness of AfroCROWD and of our availability as a resource nationally and globally through near daily engagement on social media
  • Measure: Over 75 new people in target group follow us on Social Media

Overall on-wiki measures:

  • About 100 articles edited or created or photos uploaded for the year (including some in other languages spoken in the African diaspora)
  • Over 100 people attend editathons online or in person once we can hold offline events in 2021
  • Over 100 people hear presentations at conferences or when we are invited to present and restrictions are dropped
  • Over 100 people edit Wikipedia with us
  • Other measures:
  • 20 new contributors make 2+ edits within 4 months after participating in an event, and 5+ existing contributors report increased engagement as a result of their attendance at online meetups and editathons or their participation in other AfroCROWD activities.
  • AfroCROWD will continue to hold 9-12 events for the year with at least 4 editathons online or in person once restrictions are dropped being held in the United States and one overseas, each of which will have at least 8-15 participants with at least 5 participants for overseas or events within the United States or online.
  • All meetups will be facilitated by an experienced AfroCROWDer with the aim to increase participation among diverse, underrepresented populations in the African Diaspora.

Goal By June 30, 2021: Grow the AfroCROWD User Group

AfroCROWD is now a Wikimedia User Group and we would like to continue growth under this distinction Educate event participants, newsletter readers and social media followers about the activities of the user group Research user group governance and network and continue learning from mentors among similarly situated user groups We intend to study organizational growth and development


Goal by June 30, 2021: Continue to create a bridge between African and African Diaspora Wikipedians

We aim to do this through:

  • Attendance of one or two AfroCROWD representatives at the next Wiki Indaba should it happen in the coming fiscal year once restrictions are lifted
  • An international joint campaign for Black History Month with an Africa based and /or Caribbean based group
  • Continued involvement and showcasing of Wikimedians of the African Diaspora in US, Europe, the Caribbean and South America through remote events
  • Hold events deepening awareness of Wikipedias in languages of Africa and the African Diaspora in collaboration with African Wikimedian groups and Latin-American Wikimedian groups (another Wiki Project Africn Diaspora virtual campaign, the Whoseknowledge annual Visible Women virtual campaign)

Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD will hold 10 online events and editathons including a Wiki Commons and Wikidata edit-a-thon.

AfroCROWD will continue to hold events and editathons throughout the coming grant cycle aimed at awareness and editor recruitment in our target audiences, centered on diversity gaps, engaging the many languages of Africa and the African Diaspora Wiki Languages. Including an edit-a-thon focused on Wiki Commons and Wiki Data.

Wiki Languages of Africa and the African Diaspora

Objective: By June 30, 2021, AfroCROWD will: Hold a Haitian Creole Translatathon or other Francophone online event engage Spanish-speaking Afrolatinx communities in Latin-America with Wikimedia Uruguay and Afrolatino Project via an online program/ event begin translating and voice over of the video in at least 1 of 3 languages of the African Diaspora, likely French and Spanish. bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages through outreach and 2 programs

Engaging both the languages of the African Diaspora and oral knowledge, generating oral testimonials in several African Diaspora languages to be uploaded to Commons. We also plan to hold a Haitian Creole Translatathon and a French Editathon. We plan to engage Spanish-speaking Afrolatinx communities in Latin-America with IIbero Coop and other Wikimedia chapters in those regions engaging those communities. We plan to begin translating and voice over of the tutorial videos in at least 3 languages of the African Diaspora, including French and Spanish.

Ideally, AfroCROWD’s efforts in our various events will bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages on Wikipedia, including:

  • English Wikipedia
  • Haitian Wikipedia
  • Spanish Wikipedia
  • French Wikipedia
  • Twi Wikipedia
  • Igbo Wikipedia
  • Yoruba Wikipedia
  • Garifuna Wikipedia


Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD Will Continue Growth on Wiki Languages of Africa and the African Diaspora

Objectives:
  • Hold a Haitian Creole Translatathon or other Francophone event
  • engage Spanish-speaking Afrolatinx communities in Latin-America with Wikimedia Uruguay and Afrolatino Project via an online program/ event
  • begin translating and voice over of the video in at least 1 of 3 languages of the African Diaspora, likely French.
  • bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages through outreach and 2 programs

Engaging both the languages of the African Diaspora and oral knowledge, generating oral testimonials in several African Diaspora languages to be uploaded to Commons. We also plan to hold a Haitian Creole Translatathon online Editathon and a French event in person once able . We plan to engage Spanish-speaking Afrolatinx communities in Latin-America with IIbero Coop and other Wikimedia chapters in those regions engaging those communities. We plan to begin translating and voice over of the tutorial videos in at least 3 languages of the African Diaspora, including French and Spanish.

Ideally, AfroCROWD’s efforts in our various events will bring attention and awareness to the various African and African diaspora languages on Wikipedia, including:

Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD will be featured in 2 press articles. Wikimedia Movement Awareness, Involvement and Visibility Campaign

Continued Wikimedia Movement Awareness, Involvement and Visibility Campaign Visibility is a key part of the AfroCROWD initiative, and a powerful tool in spreading the word about the Wikimedia movement. With the advent of COVID-19 we have had to make adjustments, but visibility online has remained an important part of what we do to remain connected to the community, and is also a key pre-requisite to meeting the movement's strategic goal of knowledge equity.

Media

Media-wise, we have previously been featured in the New York Times, and the Guardian among other news outlets, and this grant cycle, our mentions include leading German news source, "Deutsche Welle" and news in Nigeria and Oregon as well as the Wiki Edu Blog.

Monthly Newsletter

Objective: By June 30, 2021 AfroCROWD will expand it’s newsletter outreach by 250 recipients made up of
  • partners within the movement,
  • potential participants, partners and influencers outside the Wikimedia movement who we think would make good Wikipedians, and
  • past editathon and event attendees who we want to remain aware of AfroCROWD and movement activities
  • AfroCROWD will continue summarizing all known happenings concerning Wikimedia and people of African descent in Africa and the African Diaspora in its monthly newsletter which currently reaches out to over 3,000 recipients, depending on the campaign, all over the world.


Goal By June 30, 2021: Partnerships Development and Outreach Campaign Growth

GLAM / 1Lib1Ref Institutional Partnerships

AfroCROWD will continue to collaborate organizations in the New York City area and beyond. We are especially looking forward to working with partners within the Wikimedia community locally and internationally, as well as new and continuing partners among at least 3 organizations.

Specifically, AfroCROWD plans to collaborate with the following organizations: 2-3 Metro New York GLAMs

Cultural Grassroots Partnerships

AfroCROWD will Continue outreach to our target group who are not yet in the movement with at least 2 cultural grassroots partnerships.

AfroCROWD will continue seeking out and collaborating with grassroots cultural and advocacy groups in our target audience:

  • Afrolatino Project
  • Haitian Creole Language Institute
  • Garifuna Nation
  • Wikitongues
  • BLERD
  • AWB
  • UNESCO/ UN
  • And whichever unforeseen solicit our collaboration

University and College partnerships

AfroCROWD will continue our partnerships with professors at educational institutions with at least 2 programs.

AfroCROWD has established partnerships with professors and educators at Columbia University, New York University, the Fashion Institute of technology, The New School, and CUNY among others, as well as educators in the public school system and New Jersey’s Seton Hall University. In the coming year, we would like to continue our partnerships with professors at educational institutions.

  • Long Island University (Prof. Barriere)
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • Barnard College
  • New York University
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY (LaGuardia Community College, Baruch College, The Graduate Center, New York City College of Technology, Hunter College, Queens College)
  • MIT
  • Fordham
  • LaGuardia
  • Spellman
  • And whichever unforeseen solicit our collaboration

Wikimedia Partnerships

AfroCROWD will support international programs related to the scope of closing the diversity and gender gaps as either a main node or via satellite events for at least 4 programs.

  • Improve our ability to connect internationally and investigate better ways that may be available to do so.
  • help test WMF test tools that will be rolled out in the coming year

We will support international programs related to the scope of closing the diversity and gender gaps as either a main node or via satellite events. Support entails creating event pages that can serve as the main event page for global nodes, outreach, networking or resource sharing or social media support. Part of partnership development is communications. We would also like to look into improving our ability to connect internationally and investigate better ways that may be available to do so. For example, we would like to look into improved conferencing options for international meetings among partners and Wikimedia groups.

Known Calendar ItemsEdit

2020

  • June: Caribbean Day Online with Wikimedians of the Caribbean
  • July: BLERD Comic-On-Line Meetup Online
  • August: BREAK
  • September:Training the Trainers Regroup Meeting for organizers online training month (WikiData, WikiCommons, Wikipedia, Organizing editor days/ thons)
  • October: Wiki Conference NA
  • December
Year end Wikipedia online editathon and celebration with speakers from the Movement

2021

  • January: Wikipedia Day
  • February: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Annual Editathon + Potential online campaign centered around WikiProject African Diaspora
  • March: Collaboration with Art + Feminism
  • May 25th, Africa Day Campaign
  • June 19: Caribbean Day and Juneteenth
  • (Month TBD: French Language Editathon targeting French speakers in New York)
  • (Month TBD: Partnership with Open West Africa for the Africa Challenge)
  • (Month TBD: German AfroCROWD Edit-a-thon potentially online as well)
  • Link to your strategic plan, which includes the upcoming funding period.

AfroCROWD will continue to seek to increase awareness of the Wikimedia and free knowledge, culture and software movements among potential editors of African descent. AfroCROWD events and activities will engage existing contributors and new contributors in building community and in content creation with the aim of bridging the multicultural gap in editorship and content coming from and regarding Africa and the African Diaspora through meetups, online editathons, webinars, online talks, social media outreach, community engagement, and partnerships with cultural grassroots groups in our target groups and GLAM and educational institutions.

AfroCROWD is looking to continue to partner with more groups working on the gender and diversity gaps.

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.

Midterm reportEdit

Program storyEdit

Please tell or link to one program story that showcases your organization's achievements during the reporting period. This can be another meta page, a blog post or any other source that tells your program story.

Program ProgressEdit

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Spending updateEdit

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Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:

  • XXXXXX.XX USD/Local currency

Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

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Final reportEdit

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Learning storyEdit

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Programs ImpactEdit

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Spending updateEdit

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Grant Metrics ReportingEdit

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