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Wikitongues

Every language in the world

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.wikitongues.org
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Wikitongues

EIN: 47-1463955


Mission

7,000 languages are spoken or signed today, but 3,000 could disappear in a generation, erasing half of all cultural, historical, and ecological knowledge. To reverse the trend of language extinction, Wikitongues safeguards endangered languages, expands access to critical linguistic resources, and directly supports grassroots revitalization projects on every continent.

Ruling year info

2015

Cofounder and Executive Director

Mr. Daniel Bögre Udell

Co-founder & Co-director

Mr. Daniel Bogre Udell

Main address

175 Pearl Street Floors 1-3

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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EIN

47-1463955

Subject area info

Cultural awareness

Languages

Linguistics

Historic preservation

Bilingual education

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Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

7,000 languages are spoken or signed today, but more than 3,000 languages could disappear in a generation, erasing centuries of cultural, historical, and ecological knowledge. Language extinction is not inevitable: with the right resources, anyone can reclaim their ancestral language and teach the next generation. However, institutional support for language revitalization is scarce, creating a resource bottleneck that prevents the global majority from keeping their cultures alive.

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?

Language Documentation

Through our Language Documentation programs, we maintain and publish free templates for linguistic documentation and provide free archival services to grassroots language projects. Our templates include a protocol for creating video oral histories in any language and initiating the process of lexical elicitation, the basis for creating mother-tongue phrase books and dictionaries. Our free archival services include metadata management, file storage, and the option to back up mother-tongue content at the U.S. Library of Congress. Language documentation is critical for language revitalization; since 2014, we have safeguarded materials in nearly 700 languages, or 10% of every language on Earth.

Population(s) Served

We maintain free resources for launching your own language revitalization project by evaluating your language's health, identifying your community's language needs, and developing a measurable plan to implement those needs over time. Through our Language Revitalization Accelerator, we give annual grants, training, and in-kind support to the leaders of new revitalization projects. By 2025, this program will help reawaken at least 75 endangered languages.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

J.M.K. Innovation Prize 2021

J.M. Kaplan Fund

Affiliations & memberships

Wikimedia Affiliate 2017

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 language revitalization projects that achieve measurable growth within a year

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

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Language Revitalization

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of languages for which videos, dictionaries, and other materials and resources are archived

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Language Documentation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wikitongues was founded in 2014 as an all-volunteer effort to safeguard the sum of linguistic diversity. Though we operationalized in 2021, this metric remains volunteer-driven.

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.

Wikitongues is building a world of global equity between peoples: where everyone has the resources and the right to speak their language, teach their language, and keep their culture alive. To reverse the trend of language extinction, Wikitongues safeguards endangered languages, expands access to critical linguistic resources, and directly supports new and early-stage language revitalization projects. Simply put, we work to preserve linguistic resources
like videos and dictionaries, and support the growth of community-led language projects.

Since 2021, our core program has been the Language Revitalization Accelerator, a funded fellowship that helps community leaders identify and implement their language needs. Each year, we distill the successes of our Accelerator fellows into a free toolkit for rising activists, crowdsourcing a streamlined approach to language revitalization. In parallel, we support the grassroots creation of linguistic materials, like oral history videos and dictionaries, by publishing documentation templates, hosting online and in-person training sessions, and offering free archival services to anyone seeking to preserve an endangered or under-resourced language.

Language revitalization is measurable. Over a generation, as an endangered language community grows its population of proficient and native speakers, that endangered language is reawakened. On a global scale, then, the trend of language extinction can be measurably slowed, and eventually reversed, by supporting the creation of new revitalization projects for a majority of endangered-language communities; that is, making language revitalization accessible for all who want it. As a social process, language revitalization has universal themes, like community organizing and education, but tactics change from culture to culture. Therefore, our goal is to give language leaders what they need to design culturally appropriate solutions for their communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

Wikitongues
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.55

Average of 0.36 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.8

Average of 1.5 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 2% over 7 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Wikitongues’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $46,694
As % of expenses 25.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $46,694
As % of expenses 25.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $226,714
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 96.5%
Other revenue 3.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $180,190
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 70.2%
Professional fees 8.8%
Occupancy 2.2%
Interest 0.3%
Pass-through 16.6%
All other expenses 1.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $180,190
One month of savings $15,016
Debt principal payment $1,369
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $196,575

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 10.8
Months of cash and investments 10.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.5
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $161,541
Investments $0
Receivables $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 39.2%
Unrestricted net assets $98,195
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $98,195

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Cofounder and Executive Director

Mr. Daniel Bögre Udell

Daniel Bögre Udell is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Wikitongues, which supports language revitalization projects on every continent. He has an MA in Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research and a BFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He speaks English, Spanish, Catalan, and Portuguese, and is learning Hebrew.

Co-founder & Co-director

Daniel Bogre Udell

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 12/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Frederico Andrade

Daniel Bögre Udell

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Kamal El-Wattar

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/18/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.