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Open Actions XML -- Funding Proposal for 2009-2010

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Request for Funding


Social Actions seeks $90,000 USD to support the development of the Open Actions XML Schema through December 2010. We welcome financial support and donations in kind at all levels, from a $5 per month contribution to complete funding at $90,000.



About Social Actions


Social Actions is a nonprofit initiative committed to making it easier for people to find and share opportunities to make a difference on the issues they care about. Our projects include the Social Actions API, an open source database of philanthropic actions from 60+ sites including CanadaHelps, Kiva, Idealist, Global Giving, GiveIndia, and Greater Good South Africa; the Social Entrepreneur API, the first open database of information about social entrepreneurs who have won fellowships and awards from social enterprise funders; and Open Actions XML, an open standard for publishing up-to-date information about online and offline actions and their anticipated impact in XML.


About Open Actions XML


Open Actions XML is an open standard for publishing up-to-date information about online and offline actions and their anticipated impact in XML. Open Actions XML independent of any particular aggregation. Social Actions views the development of a versatile XML schema for publishing information about online and offline actions and their anticipated impact as a critical component of the philanthropic web.






Expected Impact






The 2009 - 2010 budget will be used to fully develop Open Actions XML across two key areas:


Partners - Increasing the number of organizations who publish or consumer Open Actions XML feeds


Content - Expanding the data points featured in the Open Actions XML schema




For the remainder of 2009 and throughout 2010, Social Actions will provide leadership in the development and maintainance of Open Actions XML, facilitate a monthly conference call, and curate a distributed discussion. As additional funding is secured, Social Actions will assume full responsibility for the following:


  • Providing technical maintenance and support in the development of the open standard
  • Enhancing the Open Actions XML data specification and embedded taxonomies
  • Identifying and distributing baseline analytics on which to project future goals
  • Publicizing Open Actions XML via mainstream and social media
  • Building relationships with current and potential publishers and consumers of Open Actions XML feeds
  • Enhancing the Open Actions XML website, FAQ, and additional online resources
  • Convening and facilitating regular conference calls with Open Actions XML partners
  • Conducting 1-on-1 follow up with Open Actions XML partners as needed
  • Curating the Open Actions XML disucssion(recruit and welcome new members, initiate and participate in discussions)














Resources and Links






The following budget covers the eighteen month period, July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010. All figures are in U.S. Dollars.


Description  Monthly Amount for 2009 - 2010
IT, Admin, and Communications Services (Server, Community and Productivity Software, Phone, Connectivity, Fiscal Sponsorship Fees)
$850 $15,300
Open Actions XML development and staffing $3,500 $63,000
Travel, promotional, and miscellaneous expenses $650 $11,700
Total $5,000


As of October 1, 2009, Open Actions XML is 0% funded for the period July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010.


For more information


Peter Deitz

Founder and Executive Director, Social Actions

peter@socialactions.com, (415) 425-7482


Christine Egger

Founding Team Member, Social Actions

christine@socialactions.com, (248) 787-4917


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