2023:Program/Submissions/Funding Wikimedia projects for an oolong time: A conversation about the Wikimedia Endowment - BGWDCC

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Title: Funding Wikimedia projects for an oolong time: A conversation about the Wikimedia Endowment


Phoebe Ayers

Phoebe is an academic librarian, specializing in computer science and engineering. She is a former WMF Board of Trustees member, current Wikimedia Endowment board member, and member of the Wikimania steering committee. She’s a long time editor in English Wikipedia, Commons, and Wikidata, has led many edit-a-thons and trainings, organized many Wikimedia events, and spoken widely about the Wikimedia projects. She’s a fan of citations.

Amy Parker

Amy Parker is Director of Major and Planned Giving at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she’s responsible for major gift fundraising strategy, including legacy giving and the Endowment Campaign. She previously held fundraising leadership roles at the Smithsonian Institution, The New York Public Library, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Immediately prior to joining Wikimedia, Amy lived in Hong Kong and worked as an international fundraising consultant. Phoebe Ayers is currently a trustee of the Wikimedia Endowment. From 2009-2015 she was a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. She is an editor on English Wikipedia, Wikidata, Commons and meta; and co-authored a book about Wikipedia called How Wikipedia Works. She is also an academic research librarian at MIT, specializing in computer science and engineering.

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Type: Lecture

Track: Governance

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 45 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The Wikimedia Endowment is a permanent fund whose mission is to provide a safety net to Wikimedia projects into the long term future. In this session, a Community Trustee of the Wikimedia Endowment Board and a member of the fundraising team will share an introduction to the Endowment – what it is, how it works, and how it will help ensure the future of Wikimedia projects – followed by questions and discussion.

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Description/Objectives: Explain how endowments work Share the history and background of the Wikimedia Endowment Provide an update on the Endowment’s governance, grantmaking, and future plans Answer questions about the endowment and its role in supporting Wikimedia projects

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

The Wikimedia Endowment’s purpose is to protect Wikimedia projects for the long-term future. Its fundraising, governance, investment, and grantmaking strategies are all future-focused.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand