NGO of the Month: TECHO

Welcome to the penultimate edition of fundsforNGOs NGO of the Month feature for 2014. Over the past year we've shared with you some of the leading development organizations from around the world to inspire you to help create a better world. Last month we featured India's Akshaya Patra, an organization headquartered in Bangalore that was ranked as the 23rd best NGO in the World in 2013 by the Global Journal. Read the feature with Akshaya Patra here. For November we're delighted to be able to … [Read more...]

Hungary’s Crackdown on NGOs – Part of Global Trend

WRITTEN BY ADAM PICKERING AND JOHN HOLM On September 23rd, President Barack Obama told delegates at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative that from “Hungary to Egypt, endless regulations and overt intimidation increasingly target civil society.” On one hand, this is a welcome step in the fight against the tide of regressive policies and rhetoric aimed at silencing civil society activism sweeping across the world. On the other hand, it is also a sign of the extent to which civil society in … [Read more...]

The Crowdfundamentals: 11 Steps to Online Fundraising Success

First things first: what exactly is crowdfunding? Ready to take your online fundraising to the next level? Are you working hard to change something in your community and you're looking for people who can support your work? Perhaps you've heard of crowdfunding, but you don't know where to get started. This guide, created by GlobalGiving, is designed to teach you the fundamentals of creating an earth-changing crowdfunding campaign. Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project by raising … [Read more...]

Download a Free Sample Proposal on “Sustainable Livelihoods”

Do you want to learn how to demonstrate an urgent need for support in your next funding proposal? This exclusive Sample Proposal from fundsforNGOs Premium will help you to understand what information donors are looking for and how to position your NGO as an accountable and professional force for good. fundsforNGOs Premium is a comprehensive fundraising solution that will help you to save time and money. It includes an amazing Donor Database with over 5,000 regularly updated donor profiles, an … [Read more...]

Download a Free Guide to the Top Ten Donors for Women

Do you want to discover the leading donors to women's projects around the world? This exclusive guide produced by fundsforNGOs Premium will introduce you to the ten biggest contributors to development projects for women today. fundsforNGOs Premium will help you to raise more funds, discover funding opportunities and attract new donors. With these big savings there has never been a better time to subscribe. Join Premium today and receive all of these great benefits... Donor Database with … [Read more...]

NGO of the Month: Akshaya Patra

Welcome to the latest edition of fundsforNGOs NGO of the Month feature. Each month we share with you one of the leading NGOs in the world to inspire your organization to help create a better world. In September we featured South Africa based Grassroot Soccer, an NGO that uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. Read last months feature here. This month we're joined by Sayani Battacharya from India's Akshaya Patra, an NGO that fights … [Read more...]

EuropeAid Changes Create New Opportunities for NGO Funding

The European Commission's international aid agency EuropeAid has announced a series of changes following the launch of a new strategy that will govern the organization up to 2020. At a time when the world order is changing rapidly and emerging economies like China, India and Brazil are asserting their influence, the strategy demands that Europe must stand together and be an active partner in shaping global change. EuropeAid believes that the revised financial instruments will also enable the … [Read more...]

Strategic Communications for Year-Round Donor Engagement

Online fundraising has come a long way from just having a “donate now” button on an organization’s website; it is now an integral channel for fundraising. In the past year alone, revenue raised through online fundraising increased 14 percent with more than 5.5 million total gifts and nearly $325 million raised, according to the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study. Social networking, in particular, has amplified the peer-to peer fundraising approach. But while online fundraising continues to grow, … [Read more...]

Uncivil Societies: Foreign Funding of NGOs

The International Committee of the Red Cross, Médecins Sans Frontières, Human Rights Watch, Transparency International: to most people these and thousands of other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) sound like outfits whose work should be welcomed and encouraged. But that is not how it looks to plenty of governments. In the last few years, around 20 countries have planned or passed laws restricting the freedom of NGOs to raise funds abroad (see article). Some echo the language of Russia’s … [Read more...]

The State of Fundraising for Women and Girls

Fundraising for prospective institutional donors for women and girls’ programs can be an overwhelming process and many NGOs don’t know where to start. We've gathered up the key facts that will guide your fundraising strategy and help to kick-start your projects. If you're looking for the leading donors of women and girl's projects then a great place to start is the Foundation Centre's Research into recent trends in the sector. It includes figures from around the globe as well as details on … [Read more...]

Changing Perceptions And Realities For NGOs in Africa

Africa is a land of great contrast. On one hand it contains many of the most underdeveloped nations in the world. On the other, it's one of the richest places for young workers and consumers. The later has propelled the continent into a path towards success, despite lingering perceptions of the regions fragility. Consider for a moment, 6 out of 10 of the world's fastest growing GDPs are located in Africa. Also consider the fact that the country is currently leap-frogging many traditional … [Read more...]

How Can NGOs Meet the Challenges of Ethical Spending?

Worldwide humanitarian aid contributions in 2013 were at their highest level for five years, putting the sector’s aims and practices under the spotlight. According to analysts Global Humanitarian Assistance, donations from government and private bodies totalled $22bn (about £13bn) – up nearly a third on the previous year. With such large amounts of money involved, there is obviously a pressure for humanitarian and development NGOs to show transparency and accountability in their aid flows. … [Read more...]

What Every NGO Website Needs

Over the past 15 years, Expression has created websites for both very large and very small NGOs. We’d like to offer some advice to NGOs wanting to create a new site or wanting to redo or revitalize their current website. Your site needs to look good Yes, we’re putting this as #1 on the list because it’s THAT important. Let’s face it, you are competing vs other NGOs for the web public’s attention and you need to stand out. We use to hear from smaller NGOs: “I don’t want our site to look too … [Read more...]

Posting Tips for NGOs using Facebook and Twitter

  The most common question we're asked is simply, what should we post about? Of course, what you’ll talk about on social media will be determined by your organization’s overall topic…however, here are a few general rules to follow: RULE #1 – Avoid the bullhorn. Do not talk about your organization and its goals on every post. People will get bored and stop reading your posts. The golden rule is 3 to 1, which means that you should talk about yourself (or your org) only once every 4 … [Read more...]

From NGO to social business: Why and how

Leaders of development and aid organizations talk a lot about changing donor models, value for money, operational efficiency, new technology and changing business models. And many believe that being aware of them mitigates the need for serious changes. It doesn’t. The international development and aid sector is undergoing major changes and many organizations need to update or adapt the way they work. Many leaders I speak with are considering moving the business model from that of a … [Read more...]

Scholarship of the Month: Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year

Welcome to the first ever edition of fundsforNGOs Scholarship of the Month feature. We're delighted to be joined by an organization that has been consistently at the forefront of the social entrepreneurship  movement, the Schwab Foundation. Annually, the Foundation select 20-25 Social Entrepreneurs from a pool of applicants through a global “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” competition as well as providing a series of other solutions for its awardees. We've been joined by Katherine … [Read more...]

NGO of the Month: Grassroot Soccer

Thank you for joining us for the latest edition of our regular NGO of the Month feature. We're committed to sharing with you some of the very best non-profit organizations in the world to inspire you and your NGO onto greater heights. Last month we featured the brilliant One Acre Fund whose innovative work supplies smallholder farmers with the tools and financing they need to grow their way out of hunger and poverty. Read the August Edition of NGO of the Month here. For September we're … [Read more...]

How to Build an Audience on Social Media

Guest article by Alain Cote of Expression Web Solutions. No matter what your end goals are for your social media strategy, chances are ones of your intermediate goals is to build (or increase) your followers base. There are 2 main ‘methods’ of getting new followers: organic or paid. Organic Reach “Organic reach” refers to what most people think of when they think about getting new followers: you add an interesting post to your page…then a new person happens to land on that post … [Read more...]

Today’s Top Ten Human Rights Funders

The past few years have been notable for the dramatic rise in visible protests and social uprisings around the globe. Events from the Arab Spring in the Middle East to Occupy Protests in Europe have sprung up in nearly every corner of the globe as people are increasingly taking to the streets to voice their dissent at issues ranging from economic disparity to freedom of expression. These movements have created a surge in demand for donors that can support Human Rights projects. In response, … [Read more...]

Fundraising Evaluation and Analysis

Fundraising Analysis WHO should be using data to drive fundraising strategy? If your organization has limited resources and if your organization is working for an important cause (which should be everyone!), you should be looking at data. With limited resources, you need to use resources as efficiently as possible.  If working for important cause, data can help to maximize effectiveness to generate more funds for your work WHY should we use data? Data analysis is using the … [Read more...]

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