A project proposal has several components such as project goals, objectives, results, strategies and activities. With so many sections, how and from where you can start the process of developing a project budget.An ideal way of starting to develop a project budget is to look at your project activities. Although the project development process requires you to go back and forth from goals, objectives to strategies and activities and back again, but once your activities are ready, then you have … [Read more...] about How can I start developing a project budget?
In these unprecedented times when COVID-19 continues to spread and to impact almost every individual and organization across the world directly or indirectly, non-profit organizations or non-government organizations (NGOs) are also deeply affected now and in the times to come. As it is not yet clear what the current pandemic situation holds in future, it is important to balance the scale between panic and carelessness. Preparedness is key.Before we discuss how you may ensure the above, here are … [Read more...] about How to manage an NGO in the time of COVID-19
If you are submitting a concept note to an organization as per the call for proposals or if it is a solicited concept note, they will have their templates to be used. If not, you can use the outline and sample template given in this book. But in either case, the outline and template given in this book will help you in putting the concept together, as most of the sections are certainly to be included in a concept note. While the outline can vary depending on the type of opportunity, type of … [Read more...] about What goes into the content of a Concept Note?
Proposals are lengthy documents with various components, comprising of the background information, current situation analysis and the future projections. NGOs are expected to write every part of the proposal carefully with in-depth research, knowledge and detailed planning. In this free guide, we cover information about the various elements of a standard proposal to help NGOs apply for their grant funding.1. Cover PageA cover page is sometimes also referred to as the title page and as the name … [Read more...] about How to easily Write the Various Elements of Your Project Proposal?
Hi, here’s the list of grants that focuses on the Environment & Conservation: DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge Deadline: 19-Jul-21 Applications are now open for the DLR Environment, Energy & Health Challenge to look for innovative solutions that use Earth observation data to support the sustainable management of our limited natural resources and foster human well-being…[more] ClimateScience Olympiad 2021 on Solutions to Climate Change Deadline: 1-Aug-21 The … [Read more...] about May I know about grants that focus on Environment & Conservation?
UN Women in partnership with the European Union is inviting proposals “Promoting Economic Empowerment of Women at Work in Asia –WeEmpower Asia (WEA)” to enhance business opportunities and leadership within the private sector to advance sustainable and inclusive growth. UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between … [Read more...] about Which program is dedicated to the Economic Empowerment of Women in Asia?
Online fake offers of grants and similar scams are widespread across the NGO sector around the world. With so much information reaching them from all sides, it is often difficult for NGOs to identify the genuine grant offers from the fake ones.Below, we are providing important tips that NGOs can use to identify whether a piece of certain grant information is genuine or not.All Grant Programs have an Application Process. Did you apply for it before getting the Grant?If you receive an unexpected … [Read more...] about What are the some of the common signs of a scam to trap NGOs?
Below are the steps you need to take if you think you have come across a scam.Never Ever respond back to a Scam emailAs fraudsters send millions of email messages, they want to make sure if the email addresses they are sending to are real and active. If you respond back even with a “No”, it is evidence enough for them to target you again, another day with a different type of scheme. So, NEVER respond to a scam email. Just delete it.Report to the Agency whose identity has been misusedIf a … [Read more...] about What can NGOs do if they come across a scam?
UN Peacebuilding Fund’s Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative 2021 Deadline: 18 June 2021 The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) has announced the proposals for the Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative which is an expression of the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding. It supports the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality and recognizes the important and positive role young people play in peacebuilding…[more] SVRI: Grant to End Violence … [Read more...] about Could you update opportunities for Sustainable Development Projects?
Yes, we have put together some open opportunities to assist NGOs working for the recovery of societies in need. Submit Applications for ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Aid Program 2021 Deadline: 01-Sep-21 The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT) Foundation is accepting applications for its 2021 Humanitarian Aid Program that provides grant funding for humanitarian organizations across the globe that use the power of aviation to help save lives…[more] USAID: BHA … [Read more...] about I need a list of Humanitarian Aid Grant Opportunities, can you update it?
USAID has field offices in many developing countries for providing technical and financial aid for above stated purposes. So, it follows a decentralized approach for tackling the development issues globally. Partnering with NGOs:USAID partners with NGOs to achieve its strategic goals and objectives for providing assistance across the world. It partners with international and local NGOs, networks and groups, and civil society organizations in various ways, for the belief that the complex … [Read more...] about How does USAID support NGOs?
By-law is a rule established by an organization to regulate its activities and manage internal affairs. Well defined and clear set of by-laws provide a clear structure to the NGOs and facilitates in smooth functioning. Along with providing consistency in working, by-laws also help in developing networks with local organizations and government entities. It is important for your organization to have a set of by-laws as they will guide you in operating and managing all your activities. Just like … [Read more...] about How to develop Bye-laws for my NGO?
If you have an army of donors and supporters, can you enrich that connection by taking one step ahead? To do this, converting your one-time donors into regular donors can be a low hanging fruit. Sure, it will not be easy but is certainly an opportunity- it has been found that most people do not give regularly because they were never asked. So, this conversion from one-time to regular must be added to your acquisition strategy. This group is already a member of your community, is aware of your … [Read more...] about How to convert one-time donors into regular donors?
When it comes to making the ask for monthly giving to your donors or prospective donors, the most important question becomes- ‘How to ask’ and not ‘what to ask’. How you put together a monthly giving appeal is the most important aspect of your recurring giving program. Making a compelling ask, reaching out to the ‘warm’ prospects or existing donors, and ease of giving- a sure shot recipe for fundraising success. Here are some tips for preparing monthly giving appeals for your donors: … [Read more...] about How to prepare monthly giving appeals for your donors?
Donor engagement is the latest buzzword in fundraising, and rightly so. Engaging your donors means retaining them for long durations, resulting in a connected donor base and higher lifetime value (LTV) of donors. Here are some tips to keep your donors engaged with the cause and your organization: The more they know, the more they care: Engage donors by sharing more information about your work, the cause, the community, stories from the field, impact stories- all in the form of engaging … [Read more...] about What can be some tips to increase donor engagement?
There can be different channels of fundraising- online or offline. When selecting a particular channel for your organization, consider factors like your goals, key expected outcomes, your budget and timelines, and resources available. The various channels can be: Digital channels: Email fundraising, ‘donate’ pages on websites, campaigns on other platforms, social media like Facebook fundraising, crowdfunding, peer-driven fundraiser pages, and so on. Offline channels: … [Read more...] about What can be the different channels of individual fundraising and what is a multichannel fundraising strategy?
Many studies are being done to understand donors’ motivations and reasons for giving. As nonprofit organizations or as fundraisers, it is important to understand the various kinds of donors, their motivations, their reasons for giving; to figure out ways of engaging them and keeping them connected to the cause. To this end, one must assess where a donor lies in the Donor Fundraising Cycle or Donor Cycle. As per Guidestar, the key steps in a Donor Cycle are: Identification, Qualification, … [Read more...] about What is a Donor Cycle and why is it important?
The data-driven approach in fundraising tends to yield better, informed decision making, help in understanding donors’ capacity and affinity to give, identifying the major donor prospects, and gauging the potential engagement of various groups of donors and supporters. Typically, the kind of data to track to drive fundraising and engagement involves: Demographics (Age, gender, profession, address, and so on); Donation and engagement history; Any preferences around modes of … [Read more...] about How to use data for increasing donations for your organization?
Direct mail fundraising is a mode of fundraising in which printed material and appeals are used as the material to appeal for funds. This material is sent to the prospective donors or general public by way of addressed mail or unaddressed mail respectively. It can include inserts like the case for support, specific information about the cause/s or impact, donation forms, or even thank you cards. Using direct mail for fundraising can be a good strategy for specific target prospective donor … [Read more...] about What is ‘Direct Mail’ and how to use it as a fundraising strategy?
Peer-to-peer fundraising, more commonly known as P2P fundraising is a fundraising strategy that leverages the networks of donors or supporters to raise funds for an organization. This strategy works well for many organizations that have an active base of supporters or donors. It essentially involves equipping the existing donors or supporters to raise funds on your behalf from their networks. You would need to provide them with the relevant information, set goals, assist them in making the ask … [Read more...] about What is peer-to-peer fundraising?
Historical records suggest that the term Non- Governmental Organizations (NGOs) came in to use in 1945. The term was coined during one of the conferences of The United Nations, as a measure to distinguish organizations from inter-governmental and member organizations. Though the term NGO received recognition only after 1945, studies suggest that several organizations were actively engaged against slavery, racism and women suffrage during the late eighteenth century.Source: … [Read more...] about What is a Non-Governmental Organization?
Phishing emails are one of the most common ways to dupe NGOs with false promises of grant money offered by unknown individuals. Here are some tips on how NGOs can avoid falling into phishing email traps.Do not expose your email: Online scammers hunt for your emails everywhere. Unfortunately, these scammers even pay some individuals in poor and developing countries to collect emails and put them in a database targeted for these scams. If you wish to stop getting phishing emails, avoid posting … [Read more...] about How NGOs can avoid falling for phishing emails?
Over the last few years, social media has emerged as an important medium of communication globally for reaching out to a vast audience. Currently there is a plethora of social media sites and applications that are being used by diverse organisations. The main purpose of using social media is to connect to a large audience spreading across the globe, within fraction of a second and spread your message.Just like any business house or academic institute, NGOs can also take advantage of social media … [Read more...] about How Social Media is helpful to Enhance NGO Visibility?
A recurring giving program is a donation program wherein your donors can set up an automatic debit of a chosen amount on a fixed frequency- biweekly, monthly, quarterly or annual. A recurring giving program can help you generate a steady revenue stream, less dependence on a few big donors, and build an engaged and connected donor and supporter community. To set up a monthly giving/ recurring giving program for your organization, here is a step by step guide: Define your goal: Be … [Read more...] about How to set up a Recurring Giving Program?
Monthly giving can be a lifeline for a non-profit organization. It means a recurring donation program where donors give a set amount on a monthly basis/ or a set frequency. This usually entails automatic giving systems in place where donors can sign up to automatically donate a predetermined amount on a chosen frequency. These regular giving options can help organizations have an ongoing steady stream of income and depend less on large donors, have more autonomy and financial sustainability. … [Read more...] about What is recurring giving and what are its advantages?
Here are the five key steps of planning an Individual Fundraising strategy for your organization: Goal - Defining a goal- how much do you want to raise, what will you do with the funds raised, what are the funds needed for, or what impact they will bring about? Target audience - Who are you going to reach out to seek funds? Will you follow a targeted approach or a more general appeal? Who will give and why will they give? The case for support/ Cause - What cause or campaign are you … [Read more...] about What should be the steps for planning an Individual Giving strategy?
Certain key aspects to keep in mind before planning Retail Fundraising Strategy: Understand your audience- who are your donors and supporters, identify them and segment them into groups to understand their characteristics, to be able to plan your approach and communication channels, which is a key part of your strategy. Define what types of Retail Fundraising or Individual Fundraising will work best for your organization- e.g. cash gifts, online fundraisers/ digital giving, recurring … [Read more...] about What are the key things to keep in mind before planning Retail Fundraising?
The ability to raise funds from a big number of individuals would take a lot of preparation, planning, and effort in the beginning but it has a lot of advantages. Firstly, this essentially means less dependence on big donors that in turn means sustainable, resilient organizations. Secondly, an increased focus on individual donors can be an opportunity to generate more awareness about your cause and impact, initiate conversations, and also build a deeper connection with your donors and … [Read more...] about What are the advantages of the Retail Fundraising Model or Individual Fundraising?
Retail Fundraising or Individual Fundraising is the term for fundraising from a large number of individuals. This method of fundraising is receiving a lot of attention from charities everywhere as an untapped or lesser utilized opportunity. There can be several types of Individual Giving, including- cash donations, recurrent giving or regular donations (with any frequency- monthly/ biannual/ annual), legacy gifts/ will, payroll giving, and digital giving like online fundraising campaigns. Many … [Read more...] about What is Individual Fundraising/ Retail Fundraising/ Individual Giving?
So here are a few tips for creating successful partnerships with NGOs:Find the ‘cause’ your company is going to support and then choose:In your boardroom discussions, your company’s strategies are decided, and CSR strategies are no different. Once you are clear about what cause aligns with your business values, do your research and find your potential partners.Look for an alignment of mission, vision and values:An NGO with aligning vision and core values, with professional staff and expertise is … [Read more...] about How to create successful partnerships with NGOs
Fundraising is one of the most important tasks for an NGO. Donors’ funding will ensure that your planned activities take place and that your organisation can pursue its main long-term goals. As such, to select the right candidates for a fundraising team is of utter importance. The main aim of this short guide is to advice NGO members on how to advertise a fundraising job vacancy, how to shortlist and select the right candidates, and how to manage the created team to improve the overall … [Read more...] about How to Identify, Manage and Motivate Fundraisers for Your Organization?
Here is what the sector experts and trends as observed over the last few years reflect.Sectors attracting more funding:With global changes taking place around the social, political and environmental issues, and giving preferences of individuals and donor agencies, the sectors that attracted more funding over the years are bound to shift. The last two decades saw a huge amount of funding in the health sector, HIV/AIDS and related areas, and then gradually education, skill-building and livelihoods … [Read more...] about What areas of work will attract Large Funding for NGOs?
Here is a video that offers some tips that have worked for some organizations and will surely help you to maximize your funding efforts. To help you in various methods of fundraising we have divided the guide into two sections; the first section deals with tips to help with conventional fundraising methods while section two deals with tips to enhance online fundraising. … [Read more...] about What are some online and offline fundraising tips for NGOs?
Most often fundraising efforts of organizations go futile because of improper planning and lack of effective fundraising strategies. No matter how effectual an organization is in implementing field projects, they generally have to struggle when it comes to raising funds.Section 1: Tips for enhancing conventional methods of fundraisingPlan well in advance: Planning is the key and that’s why do not wait till your project comes to an end. Start planning at least a year in advance, so that you have … [Read more...] about What are the tips to boost funding efforts?
Yes, entries are now open for the 2021 African Fact-Checking Awards, the longest-running awards program that honors fact-checking journalism by the media in Africa. Journalists and journalism students across the continent can enter the awards, now in their eighth year. They received a record number of 192 entries from 27 African countries in 2020 and expect this number to rise again this year. In the student category, the entry must be an original piece of fact-checking journalism first … [Read more...] about Is there any opportunity that gives preference to fact-checking journalism in Africa?
Yes, With the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) has launched a new Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators (SG-NAPI) program to strengthen the capacity of African countries lagging in science and technology. The new program is aimed at young scientists who are getting established in their country or about to return home to an academic position. Under this scheme, grants are awarded to promising high-level … [Read more...] about African countries are lagging in science and technology, is there any grant available that focuses on the same?
Hi, you must apply for The TED Fellowship program because it has the potential to catapult your career forward. The program offers TED’s power to articulate and amplify the vision of TED Fellows. They support the individual capacity-building required to take the global stage. They equip TED Fellows with public speaking and media training, professional coaching, educational programming, and peer support. They connect TED Fellows to a global network of peers and industry leaders because the … [Read more...] about Why should I apply for a Ted fellow?
Donor relationship management (DRM) is the process in which an organization strengthens the relationship with donors to enhance donor engagement and donor retention.Most often NGOs hire fundraising officers or consultants to take care of resource mobilization, but neglect the area of donor retention or relation building. You don’t have to hire any expert to manage your relations with Donors, all you need is a clearly defined plan and possess effective communication tools. With the advances in … [Read more...] about What is Donor Relation Management?
Non-profits have so much to worry about these days, like finding funds, acquiring and retaining donors, core work, projects and activities. Being occupied with so many things at once does not let the non-profit organizations ‘think’ like an organization sometimes. People working at non-profits end up feeling that they have much more to look for outside the organization, rather than inside it. Management pioneers have stressed on the need to develop strategic thinking, developing and nurturing … [Read more...] about What is Succession Planning?
Funding Information Small Grants are defined as requests for $234,800 (USD) or less. Large Grants are defined as requests for more than $234,800 (USD). The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. They support research on subjects ranging from complexity, evolution, and emergence to creativity, forgiveness, and free will. The vision is one of infinite scientific and spiritual … [Read more...] about How much is John Templeton Foundation offering in its latest grant?
Please go through the eligibility criteria if you are willing to apply for the Rainforest Journalism Fund: Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers, or filmmakers; staff journalists, as well as freelancers of any nationality, are eligible to apply. Applications must be received in English. What is Rainforest Journalism Fund? The Pulitzer Center is inviting proposals for the Global Audience Rainforest Journalism Fund Grants Program. The … [Read more...] about What are the eligibility criteria to apply for Rainforest Journalism Fund?
Transparency and accountability are core values deeply embedded in an NGO. Since NGOs exist for carrying out voluntary work, it is expected that their actions demonstrate honesty, responsibility and answerability.According to Transparency International, "Transparency is about shedding light on rules, plans, processes and actions. It is knowing why, how, what, and how much. Transparency ensures that public officials, civil servants, managers, board members and businesspeople act visibly and … [Read more...] about Why are the concepts of transparency and accountability important for NGOs?
Here is a checklist of policies and other management systems necessary for NGOs to run effective organizations and mobilize resources for development work. Organizational Chart for your NGOEqual Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Statement in NGOsLeadership Succession Plan for your NGOHuman Resource Management System for NGOsJob Descriptions for NGO StaffPersonnel PolicyCommunications PolicyComputer PolicyProcurement PolicyFixed Assets PolicyFinance PolicySource: … [Read more...] about Can you give me a list of management policies used by NGOs?
Yes, The Techstars has launched a call for proposals for the Eastern Pacific Accelerator Program, this program focuses on innovations in the maritime industry. The history of breakthrough technology is the history of people, teams, and partners working in sync to achieve their goals and scale their ideas. By bringing together ambitious founders and corporations, Techstars enables innovation through creative, powerful relationships. Benefits Access to Techstars resources for life; … [Read more...] about Does any open Accelerator Program focus on innovations in the maritime industry?
The 2021 Planet Award is for news media reporting and/or initiatives that effectively provide young audiences (people ages 13 to 24) with information and hope for saving the planet. The Global Youth & News Media aims to strengthen the linkages between young people and news media through three kinds of actions: honor news media that truly serve the young, promote media literacy through a journalistic prism and amplify the journalism of young people. They work to strengthen engagement … [Read more...] about What is the 2021 Planet Award all about?
Yes, please go through these latest Education Grant Opportunities for NGOs, Nonprofits, and Individuals: Spencer Foundation: Small Research Grant on Education Deadline: 1-Jun-21 The Spencer Foundation is seeking applications for Small Research Grant on Education. Their goal for this program is to support rigorous, intellectually…[more] Microsoft accepting Proposals for AI for Accessibility Grants Program Deadline: 30-Jul-21 Microsoft is currently accepting proposals for the AI for … [Read more...] about Could you update the latest Education Grant Opportunities for NGOs, Nonprofits, and Individuals?
What is core funding?Core funding is usually defined as financial support that covers basic “core” organizational and administrative costs of an NGO, including salaries of non-project staff, rent, equipment, utilities, and communications.Why is core funding important?Core funding is important for the long term financial sustainability of an NGO and its effective functioning. There are many important long-term benefits of core funding to consider:Improving project quality.Help reduce staff … [Read more...] about How to Get Core Funding?
Before developing your program idea into a concept note, it is worthwhile to invest time and energy into conducting proper research. Research plays a vital role in enriching your concept note and brings depth to your writing too. Typically, you might need to put in some research on the following aspects:Context setting and needs assessment: It would mean using primary and secondary research to build the context, to define the problem and to establish the need for the solution that your program … [Read more...] about How to research ideas before writing the Concept Note?
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is seeking applications for a cooperative agreement from qualified entities to implement the Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens – Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN) program. Through in-country institutions, detect and characterize unknown viruses with zoonotic and epidemic/pandemic potential along high-risk chains of transmission to provide data that is publicly shared so that other partners can use them for risk mitigation, … [Read more...] about Which USAID funding seeks to assist Africa, Asia, and Latin America?
Hi, The One Young World Scholarship identifies, promotes, and connects the world’s most impactful young leaders to create a better world, with more responsible, more effective leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of people’s lives in a way never seen before. In the face of the pandemic, young people have demonstrated their motivation and capacity to meet local and global health challenges. Whether by caring for patients on the frontlines, providing health awareness … [Read more...] about Which Scholarship connects the world’s most impactful young leaders?