Grants:WM US-NYC/Kick start/Report
Description of actual activities:
The Kick Start grant has been largely spent on chapter infrastructure costs and a one-time event fee. Wikipedia Day 2010 was held on Sunday, January 24 at New York University and was hosted by from 1 to 7pm.
What lessons were learned that could help others succeed in similar projects?
We found that the tried and true modified unconference model went especially well for the event.
What impact did the project have on WMF mission goals of Increased Reach, Increased Quality, Increased Credibility, Increased and Diversified Participation?
The single event we hosted through Kick Start had over 60 attendees. The crowd considerably varied from a small portion of new users to groups of experienced editors. We gave those interested participants a chance at an inside-look behind Wikipedia and its volunteers. The chapter gave editors an offline medium to share and emphasize the fact that Wikipedia is not just an editing community but a community of editors.
Detail of expenditures:
The Chapter roughly spent about 35% (over US$500) of the grant on either infrastructure or the single event fee. Those expenses consisted of
- US$52 on banking fees in 2009
- US$101 on internet domain registrations in 2009
- US$1800 office space, $300 per month for January 2011-June 2011
- US$600 office space, $100 per month July 2011 - December 2011
- US$1151 legal registration as 501(c)3, a United States based non-profit organization
Total - 3704
Amount underspent in US Dollars:
As of this report, we have underspent the grant by about US$970 (estimated at 65% unused).
Will you be requesting re-allocation of remaining grant funding?
No, because we have not yet completely fulfilled the goals of the initial request.