Grants:Project/Rapid/Western NC's 2nd Holocaust preservation Edit-A-Thon

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Western NC's 2nd Holocaust preservation Edit-A-Thon
This is Western North Carolina's 2nd 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 dateApril 19
end dateApril 19
budget (USD)$1105
grant typeindividual
contact(s)•• We have a user group:
organization (if applicable)• Applying as an Individual - We hope to establish a joint bank account for our user group later in the year
website (if applicable)North Carolina Triangle Wikipedians

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Project Goal[edit]

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 Plan[edit]


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 second 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. This will be coming on the back on a lecture at AB-Tech by Dr. Walter Ziffer a Holcaust Suvivor, who has worked in the past with our school to preserve the history of the Holocaust and past Edit-A-Thons.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? < Myself, Kasey Baker (user Kayz911) and Frank Jones (user frankcjones) will be participating in this event if funded. We are both expereinced editors and have a long track record of running events like these. The last of which was in November of 2018 in Asheville. We also hope to put this out to our user group in our strong user group for those who wish 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 under budget and we had a tremendous turnout of over 50 people and hundreds of edits (see link for more details: I was approached by our professional development department (many of who attended the event), to set up a follow up event and make this a regular annual edit-a-thon at AB-Tech to expand those who use Wikipedia and edit more articles after our last event. We were very excited about that, and although have smaller expectations this semester, we expect a strong turn out and edits from this edit-a-thon both this semester and the next semester.


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 20-25
  3. Number of new editors 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved 20
  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). I have a strong buy in from our school's PR staff, professional development department, my department and community. We hope to have a holocaust survivor attend our event, but due to his advancing age, I cannot guarantee this. We, unfortunately, cannot support financially anything for this project, and 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.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount. As I can not guarantee as many participants as a previous semester due to my course load, I am curtailing my current grant to compensate for this. I will be pulling a direct number from my prevent grant as we learned a lot from our last grant and came in under budget (seen here, for a detailed actual cost. I expect in the fall semester to when I apply for our next event to return to the previous number if not more.

1. Food/snacks catering Drinks/snacks/plates/cups/forks (supplies etc): $450

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 was approximately for two nights previous $135 x 2 nights equal $270. Total travel expenses and lodging estimate asked to ensure travel costs is: $700

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


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I can see the funding has been approved, but I still wanted to add my name in support for this event. I participated last year and it was a great opportunity to begin making connections with students in Asheville. This reminds me of the events we were hosting at UNC several years ago which fostered the community there today. Frankcjones (talk) 12:56, 20 March 2019 (UTC)