[KI-LC] [BoD] Women in Identity's Inclusion Project - call for sponsors

Robin Wilton wilton at isoc.org
Mon Apr 6 13:42:22 UTC 2020

Hi Colin,

I can run this past my colleagues in the  Internet Society Foundation (which has taken over from what used to be the “Community Grants” and then the “Beyond The Net” programmes). They have tended to make  grants of no more  than $30k for  projects  of typically 2 years’ duration.

Thinking of pro bono  alternative routes to the same deliverables, have they approached IDPro???


> On 5 Apr 2020, at 22:23, Colin Wallis Kantara <colin at kantarainitiative.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> I trust we are all staying safe and well.
> The Board and LC have been aware of this project, and Kantara's involvement in it, for a couple of months now.
> In short, WiID wants to develop a Code of Conduct and associated framework for Inclusion. It approached us to help because they don't have a WG development and publishing platform. In February the Board agreed in principle to continue engagement. Since then WiID has been shopping this attached brief around, looking for sponsors for the workstreams. 2 sponsors did in fact step up, but the strings attached in both (pretty much 'here is our policy and we will sponsor it to be logoed by us and become yours' rather than something more community developed) meant that WiID was not so comfortable with the optics. Given the current situation, recently I offered to 'play it forward'.. that we would front the costs of the platform and publishing, with a kind of IOU for consideration in future times. It was gratefully accepted.
> But the thing is, before we get to our part (the latter steps in these 6 workstreams in the file attached) there is research etc needed to deliver the earlier steps.  While they are shopping it to the usual suspects (Omidyar, Gates etc) they are also sharing it with us given our ethics and ethos, to see if our lead organizations or larger ones in the membership, might be interested in sponsoring the research..either with Corporate Social Responsibility budget money or pro-bono if the applicable capability exists in-house.
> Is this of interest? (appreciating you will have to run it past folks internally in most cases). They need to have expressions of interest before the end of the month and hopefully sooner, to keep up the momentum on this.
> Kind regards
> Colin
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