Grant application: 'I Love To You': Critical Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

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Status: Completed

Personal information

Please tell us a little about yourself. If you are uncomfortable with posting any of the requested information publicly, please contact the Grants Committee for assistance.

(1) What is your name? 

Monika Sengul-Jones

(2) What is your email address?

(3) Do you currently reside in the United States? If not, please specify your country of residence. 


(4) Are you requesting this grant on behalf of an organization or group? If so, please provide the name of the group. 


Description of purpose

Please tell us a little about the project or activity for which you are requesting funding. Please provide enough detail to allow us to evaluate how your request aligns with our charitable mission.

I am organizing a critical edit-a-thon at the University of Washington with Amanda Menking, a doctoral student in the University of Washington Information School. I am a graduate student at UC San Diego in Communication and Science Studies. I am currently a Visiting Graduate Researcher at the University of Washington in the Department of Communication.

Event details: Title: 'I Love To You': Critical Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Date: February 14, 2015, 9:30am - 1:30pm

Purpose: This event aims to address the gender gap on Wikipedia through a community-building conversation and hands-on editing session. The four-hour event will bring together dialogues in feminist theory that serve to address missing voices on Wikipedia with an editing session. The event is open to the public. Outreach efforts will be most concentrated at the University of Washington and will include classroom visits, social media and listserv publicity, personalized invitations to graduate students, faculty and staff, and paper flyers.

The organizers are members of the Cascadia Wikimedians User Group, which is an affiliated sponsor. Cascadia Wikimedians have volunteered to participate in the event and assist with the hands on component of the edit-a-thon.

Current affiliated sponsors: UW Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, UW Information School, UW Research Commons, UW Communication Department, and the Cascadia Wikimedians User Group.

Twitter: #ilovetoyouedit (under construction)

(5) What is the purpose for which the funding will be used? 

Funding will help us offset the cost of childcare and refreshments. A detailed budget is below. We are prioritizing childcare in our budget to ensure that care work, a burden which often falls on the shoulders of women, does not impede participation in the event.

(6) How does this purpose align with our mission? 

The Wikimedia Foundation has prioritized addressing the gender gap among English-language editors in order to achieve the Wikipedia vision of an engaged, diversity of contributors to help improve articles and content. Supporting 'I Love To You': Critical Wikipedia Edit-a-thon is an opportunity for the Wikimedia Foundation to align with an outreach project that seeks to addresses the gender gap in a critical and generative fashion. Our event will provide both a training session which draws on existing Wikipedia educational resources and energies, which may invite new participants, and will be a community building conversation about how to address systemic bias beyond individual contributors.

One practical avenue we will suggest during the event to counterbalance systemic bias is making contributions using the Countering Systemic Bias Open Tasks List and/or the WikiProject Feminism page.

Grant financials

Please tell us a little about the funding you need. To expedite review of your application, please provide as much detail as possible.

(7) How much funding do you need? 


(8) When will you need funding? 

By March 15, 2015. We will pay out-of-pocket for our event costs on Feb. 14, 2015 and seek reimbursement within 30 days.

(9) What specific costs will the funding cover? 

This request is for $250 to offset the cost of refreshments and childcare. The remaining funds are currently being secured through partnership and sponsorship efforts.

Full budget break down is below:

Estimated number of participants: 30 COSTS (Item, Number of items, Per piece cost, total estimated) Snacks Chocolate pretzels (Trader Joe's)6 at $3.29 Total $19.74 Coffee (Starbucks carriers) 4 at $12.95 Total $51.80 Apples (Trader Joe's) 4 at $2.49 Total $9.96 Kettle corn (Trader Joe's) 7 at $2.99 Total $20.93 Composible glasses 2 at $10 $20 Staffing costs for an a Saturday event $50 Printing posters/signs 40 at 0.75 Total $30.00 Childcare* Cost per hour ($20) at hours (4) Providers (2) Total $160.00 GRAND TOTAL $352.43

  • Childcare costs are estimates from a local, licensed and insured agency. Estimate is for one provider per four children. Final cost may vary based on number of children. Participants will be asked to indicate their need for childcare through an event RSVP by 1/20/2015.