- 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 plan
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.
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.
- expenses reimbursement
- Invoice payment
- 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.
- 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 expand. We 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.
- 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 built 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 our 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 to have a women focused virtual editathon campaign. It would focus on 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.
Goal By June 30, 2021: Continue to maintain existing community in the United States and support factors of growth
Goal By June 30, 2021: Grow the AfroCROWD User Group
Goal by June 30, 2021: Continue to create a bridge between African and African Diaspora Wikipedians
Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD will hold 10 online events and editathons including a Wiki Commons and Wikidata edit-a-thon.
Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD Will Continue Growth on Wiki Languages of Africa and the African Diaspora
Goal By June 30, 2021: AfroCROWD will be featured in 2 press articles. Wikimedia Movement Awareness, Involvement and Visibility Campaign
Goal By June 30, 2021: Partnerships Development and Outreach Campaign Growth
Known Calendar Items
- 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
- Year end Wikipedia online editathon and celebration with speakers from the Movement
- 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 Reporting
Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.
Between July 2020 and January 2021, we have undergone immense change as a planet, as a Movement, and most certainly in AfroCROWD's case, as a Wikimedia initiative and user group. We began this period under the pall of a destructive and ravenous pandemic that even now continues to consume the earth. Along with it, communities in the United States are reeling from racial and political unrest, which has led to interminable political upheaval.
Add to this tumultuous mixture a troubled environment and climate change, and you will have a better understanding of the themes that molded AfroCROWD's trajectory over the last 6 months. The final seasons of 2020 would not allow business as usual. It has been a time of internal growth, adaptation and expansion outside of norms, even as it has been a time of deeper focus.
AfroCROWD events during this time:
- July 21: Wikipedia Training to Uplift Afro-Dominican History, Partner: Dominican Writers Group
- August 1: Wikipedia BIPOC / Emancipation Week Edit-a-thon, Partners: Global Situation Room, Delite Media, NPR, Young Entertainment Activists, Women in Red
- Clip from this event here via Global Situation room on Twitter
- August 22: Close of the Global Wiki Check In COVID19 time capsule project and 24 hour international edit-a-thon documenting COVID19 in the Wiki community worldwide. Check out our progress in the ongoing images and audio project on Wikimedia Commons.
- September 19: Inaugural WikiCari Festival, Partners: Wikimedians of the Caribbean User Group, Wikimedia Movement Strategy, News On Wiki NOW, Caribbean scholars and friends
- September 23: Began Digital Divide project for Remote Learning, Partners: ISOC NY, Digital Divide Partners, COGC, NYPLA
- October 10: Celebrate Black Women Online campaign
- October 14: NYU LA Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Partner: YEA Impact, NYU LA Activation Hub
- October 28: Movement Strategy Organizer’s Round Table Event
- November 3-6: Virtual Week of Wiki at NYU LA, Partner: NYU LA, Young Entertainment Activists (YEA) Impact
- December 12: Black-Owned Newspapers Wikipedia Edit-a-thon during WikiConference North America, Partners: News on Wiki NOW, Phili Your Black News, Wikimedia Philadelphia
- January 15: Wiki Translate the Environment in Celebration of Wikipedia at 20, Partners: Wikimedians of the Caribbean, News on Wiki, Federated Wiki
Images and outreach
Check out some more of the images and outreach from our events in this period.
Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the first half of your grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application.
Total amount of Simple APG funds spent during the grant period
Grant Metrics Reporting
Metrics, targets and results: grants metrics worksheet here.
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.
This year we celebrated 20 years of Wikipedia, joining Wikipedia editors all over the world in remembering 20 years of the quest for knowledge. It has been a year to remember, not only for the Movement as Wikipedia made the twenty year mark, but for the world as we all continue to experience the continued scourge of the COVID 19 pandemic. While, thankfully, the discovery of vaccines in record time has meant that we are collectively seeing a light at the end of this long tunnel and may soon be able to meet in person once again, there is a lot that we have learned during this season. We have deepened in our knowledge of what is possible as well as in our understanding of the dimensions of the general service of what we do.
This report aims to track AfroCROWD's growth, progress and lessons learned during these developments even as we celebrate making it to the other side of 20 years of Wikipedia!
A new and deeper dimension for AfroCROWD during continued unrest and uncertainty, a time when the value of information and the dynamics and trust in information sources are down, representation in information coverage in traditional sources like newspapers are ever more important. In many cases, local, black-owned newspapers can be overlooked when Wikipedia editors consider credible information sources. Among our projects to highlight this year, AfroCROWD partnered with the News On Wiki Campaign to improve coverage of Black-owned, local and Caribbean newspapers on Wikipedia Co-lead by AfroCROWD’s ED Sherry Antoine.
- Take a look at some of the findings in this post on Medium via Misinfocon.
Please link to one learning story that shows how your organization documents lessons learned and adapts its programs accordingly.
As the COVID 19 Pandemic continues on, we are learning more about how to make the most of video conferencing to improve and enhance the online workshop experience for participants in the face of distractions, Zoom fatigue and other terms that have become so common in this era. We have since developed ways to counter these challenges as seen in our editathons this year, including our week long Black History the Women's History month series which engaged several notable speakers including:
- Nigerian author and award-winning National Geographics photographer Lola Akinmade Åkerström, who joined us from Sweden as we discussed Black imagery on Wikimedia Commons with editors from partner African Women on Board and our friends at Wikimedia Nigeria.
- Alexandria Lockett, PHD, an experienced Wikiedian and assistant English professor at renown HBCU Spelman College in Atlanta, and we joined Stanford and Oregon State University LIbrarians to focus on on Black Women in American History
- ImageNation Cinema founder, Moikgantsi Kgama, joined us in New York to discuss her journey as a pioneer in the Black entertainment industry during our 6th annual Black History Month Wikipedia Editathon in partnership with the world renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture with students and professors from New York University in Los Angeles, a branch of New York University focusing on arts and entertainment.
- addition to these efforts, long-time AfroCROWDers like Wiki coach and AfroCROWDer community organizer, Linda Fletcher, were getting together with friends and members of her community to hold regular Wikipedia gatherings and study hours online to stay connected during the isolation.
In all of these cases, we were able to continue meeting and editing through video conferencing on Zoom and other applications.
- This Learning Pattern touches on some of our lessons learned: Using Video Conferencing Applications for Online Edit-a-thons.
AfroCROWD Program Activities / Impact
Please link to a detailed financial report for your spending during the grant period. This should be in the same format as your detailed budget from your Simple APG application
Please include the total amount of Simple APG funds you spent during the grant period:
- Included in link above.