What We Do
FundsforNGOs is a social enterprise and online initiative with the goal of increasing the sustainability of NGOs across the world. We accomplish this by providing online resources for NGOs to increase their awareness and access to donors, resources, and skills. We use technology to spread knowledge from our experienced fundraising experts to NGOs around the world and increase their capacity.
FundsforNGOs is not a funding organization. We do not provide grants. We also do not fundraise or write proposals, but provide the resources NGOs need to learn how to provide these services themselves.
FundsforNGOs believes that no intervention can be successful unless the implementing organization has sustainable resources to work over a longer period of time. By presenting funding opportunities from around the world and providing tools supporting organizational growth, we hope to play our part in creating a better world.
Why We Do It
NGOs around the world face unique challenges in attracting and maintaining resources for their programs. Although development funding has multi-billion dollar annual disbursements, many barriers prevent NGOs from successfully vying for these funds. Announcements of funding competitions are fragmented all over the web and difficult to identify; competition is tough and the application process arduous; and many NGOs simply do not have the capacity or technical know-how to effectively go after funding opportunities. These challenges can be especially pronounced for newly formed NGOs, grassroots NGOs, and NGOs from the developing world. So how can NGOs spend less time worrying about fundraising and more time changing the world?
This was the founding concept for FundsforNGOs – to help reduce fundraising barriers for NGOs and practitioners at all levels, sizes, and sophistication. We started in 2008 providing a trickle of users with free alerts on funding availability. Now our website consistently generates millions of page views and we have grown also to create free resource guides on topics such as writing proposals, capacity building, donor networking, using technology and social media, etc. Even more recently we created FundsforNGOs Premium for further support with training webinars, sample proposals, a database of global donors, and much more.
Who We Are
Sameer Zuhad is the Founder and CEO of FundsforNGOs. He carries a rich experience of working in India, Nepal, Kenya, and the United States with both grassroots organizations as well as international agencies, including the United Nations. He has trained, educated, and empowered thousands of NGOs using innovative online technologies.
Sameer’s experiences working with grassroots-oriented community organizations as well as international agencies in India, Kenya, USA and Nepal drives his desire to work for sustainable civil society development. Through creating FundsforNGOs, Sameer digitally empowers thousands of NGOs at all levels in over 150 countries.
Erik Detiger is the Managing Director of FundsforNGOs. Erik brings his two decades of experience working in the field of international philanthropy and fundraising to FundsforNGOs. He has worked with the United Nations, INGOs and grass-roots organizations in Europe, Thailand, Nepal, Tanzania, India, and the United States.
Well versed in project management and fundraising, Erik has led development projects in health, education, humanitarian relief and human rights, raising well over $150 million from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutions.
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