WIKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Inspiring Learning. Enriching Wikipedia.

aka Wiki Education   |   Chico, CA   |  www.wikiedu.org

Mission

Wiki Education connects higher education to Wikipedia, ensuring that the world’s most read source of information is more representative, accurate, and complete.

Notes from the nonprofit

View our most recent 3-year strategic plan at https://wikiedu.org/strategy/

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Mr. Frank Schulenburg

Main address

341 Broadway Street, Suite 408

Chico, CA 95928 USA

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EIN

30-0790695

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

An informed citizenry is crucial to vibrant democracy. Wiki Education provides a structural, long-term solution to protecting the world of facts and building students' information literacy. In this way, Wiki Education is the part of the answer to fake news, misinformation, propaganda, and disinformation. Along the way, Wiki Education works to solve other specific problems inherent in Wikipedia, like improving the content coverage and diversity of editors, and providing students with authentic, effective learning experiences in the classroom and experts with training needed to contribute effectively to Wikipedia.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Student Program

University instructors assign students to write Wikipedia articles, empowering them to share knowledge with the world. Students research course-related topics that are missing or underrepresented, synthesize the available literature, and use our tools and trainings to add the information to Wikipedia.

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics

Wiki Education trains scholars, scientists, and other professionals in the technical, procedural, and cultural practices of Wikimedia projects. Upon course completion, participants are able to channel their unique voices to make the sites more reliable, factual, and equitable for the benefit of all.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of words added to Wikipedia

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Academics, Students

Related Program

Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of words added to Wikipedia by students and scholars in Wiki Education programs

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Academics, Students

Related Program

Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of students supported in Wiki Education's Wikipedia Student Program

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Wiki Scholars and Scientists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of scholars and scientists completing a Wiki Education professional development course

Number of website pageviews

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Student Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The sum of all views to Wikipedia articles edited by students supported by Wiki Education since the student made their first edit

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Wiki Education aims to improve Wikipedia, the world's largest open educational resource, by connecting the editing community with dedicated, interested students and instructors. We engage students and instructors with a serious genre writing assignment that stresses communication, collaboration, research and technical writing. We also train scholars and scientists to contribute their expertise to Wikipedia.

At Wiki Education we experiment, iterate, and gain feedback from stakeholders to improve what we're already good at doing. We also go back to old annual plans and look at what we've piloted and how it has worked out for us. Doing this constantly means we're able to learn from big pushes and projects. Before we started a year-long campaign called the Year of Science in 2016, we as an organization had never attempted a thematic content push, a targeted outreach strategy and a communications blitz all at once. Now, organizationally, we have the experience and knowledge from doing so. We can go on to make new and different mistakes.

We employ more experts on Wikipedia than any organization in the US outside of the Wikimedia Foundation. Our staff is comprised of long-time community members who deeply understand Wikipedia as a community and resource, and many staff have extensive experience in higher education instruction. We have a proven capability to reach out to members of the academic community to fill a demonstrated need for data science or research. We can establish, evaluate, and expand small projects as needed. We are also capable of evaluating and determining where pilot projects don't work--negative results are just as important to us as positive ones.

Since our beginning, we have supported over 58,000 students in over 2,800 college courses successfully edit Wikipedia articles. These students have collectively improved over 75,000 articles and have added over 50 million of words to English Wikipedia. When students edit Wikipedia, they show the world what they know, and they show themselves that they know. They're making a statement. Not just in their contribution, but by contributing. They're looking at what they've learned and they tell the world: “I know this." That's the difference between writing for assignments and writing for an audience. Because of our work, students make the leap from passive learning to an active expression of knowledge. They rephrase and revise their understanding as they work. They put it into their own words, they make it theirs, and pass it on. In the end, they've shared real knowledge with the world. But they've also made that knowledge distinctly their own.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WIKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 4/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

P.J. Tabit

Federal Reserve

Term: 2017 -

Carwil Bjork-James

Vanderbilt University

P.J. Tabit

US Federal Reserve Board of Governors

Ted Yang

Innovation. Executed

Bob Cummings

Department of Writing and Rhetoric, University of Mississippi

Sue Gardner

The MarkUp

Richard Knipel

Wikimedia New York City

Karen Twitchell

Kraton Performance Polymers

Jon Cawthorne

Wayne State University Library System and Association of College and Research Libraries

Meaghan Duff

Mercy Education Partners

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/05/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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