One of the core objectives of fundsforngos.org is to assist organizations with information about various sustainable strategies for long-term organizational development. As local NGOs in developing countries persistently face fundraising problems, it becomes necessary to empower them with new information tools that will help them meet the challenges of their own financial sustainability.
Continuous submission of proposals and seeking of donors can create a stereotypical image of your organization, but it can also lead to frustration and pessimism, leading to loss of confidence in your own good work when you are unable to raise funds for your organization. However, it is also a fact that fundraising most of the times is not within our control. Let us not forget that decisions are mostly made by donor agencies, if they want they will offer the grant, not the other way round where you think it is necessary to have a grant for a community development project and you get it.
Nevertheless, as we are attached to our roots, we continue with our work to serve the poor and the needy. To overcome the challenges of financial sustainability for an NGO, one of the proven ideas is to offer micro-level healthcare services in a limited manner to the community.
Healthcare is a need everywhere and it is known to all of us that knowledge can prevent a lot of health problems and if this knowledge is offered to communities for a small cost, it can lead to a win-win situation. Of course, the revenue may not be as big as the grants we are all used to, but it will definitely contribute towards long-term sustainability of the organization and it will also add extra power to our joy of doing what we always love to do: serve the poor and the needy.
Here are some ideas that can be implemented with some investment of money and skills. If your organization has previously implemented a health project, then you have an added advantage. If you are in the process of implementing such a project, you can take these ideas as long-term sustainable strategy that will not only continue providing services to the community, but also help your organization grow financially even when the donor agency has withdrawn support.
Besides, if implementation of these ideas meets with some success, there is strong likelihood of attracting donor agencies in the future.
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Get some Community Health Training First: Community health is nothing more than the health of the communities with whom we work. Although it is a part of public health, it has more emphasis on…(click here to read more)
After training, do some Community Health Research: An effective community healthcare project will work only when one’s own knowledge meets with the existing health problems of the community. It is important to identify community health problems…(click here to read more)
A Village Health Center at your NGO office: Now it is time to arrange some space that will work as the village health center where people can come and seek basic healthcare services. The health center needs to have clean place with basic…(click here to read more)
Health Microinsurance Schemes for the Poor: One of the most practical problems one can face while implementing a user fee-based healthcare service to the community is that many poor people would seek healthcare in credit because…(click here to read more)