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...]

Botin Foundation Scholarships to Visual Arts Artists

Deadline: 30 April 2014 Botin Foundation is calling grant applications for study, research and individual projects in non-the oretical artistic work. Grants period is 9 (nine) months. In case of grants involving relocation, period can be extended. The scholarship amount for the artists who do not need any change of residence is €16,000 and for those who need relocation in a country other than their country of residence is €24,000. These amounts include trips, accommodation, maintenance, studio … [Read more...]

The Vodafone Foundation

At the heart of Vodafone’s Foundation is the belief that our mobile communications technologies can address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges around the world. The Foundation aims to to utilise innovative mobile technology to mobilisie social change and improve people’s lives. To achieve this objective the Vodafone Foundation invests in the communities in which Vodafone operates and is at the centre of a network of Vodafone's global and local social investment … [Read more...]

Top Ten Corporate Fundraising Tips

Robin Toal shares his top ten corporate fundraising tips, having raised funds and managed projects with international partners including HSBC, Microsoft and Google. Know your facts: The majority of CSR and corporate giving projects are overseen by professionals keen to achieve the best return on investment they can for their money. Whether it is the number of children supported or women trained, they want to know exactly what you will spend any money on, how, why and what difference will … [Read more...]

Crowdfunding Opens Doors for Grassroots NGOS

Indiegogo, one of the world’s leading crowdfunding platforms, has introduced new features that will enable NGOs to leverage the power of the website for the first time. The site has already raised tens of millions of dollars for campaigns around the world, but up until now the Indiegogo has only offered services in the English language and in US dollars. The expansion of their services include new currencies, languages and localised homepages that are set to empower a whole host of NGOs from … [Read more...]

Free Mango Guide to Preparing and Implementing Budgets

Every NGO and every project needs to have a budget. A budget describes the money that an organisation plans to raise and spend for a set purpose over a given period of time. "Failing to plan is planning to fail." The budget plays an important role in every stage of NGO work: planning new work, raising funds, implementing activities, monitoring work and evaluation. The programme cycle and the financial cycle go hand in hand. Writing a budget involves answering a number of questions, … [Read more...]

CHANGING Markets Award: Opportunity for winning Funding for NGOs

Deadline- 1 September 2013 All eligible participants are invited to participate in CHANGING Markets Award which aims to identify companies ("Champions for Green and Inclusive Markets") that are successfully building their business case around environmental considerations and creating real impact at the Base of the Pyramid (BoP). The goal of this program is to focus on sharpening business cases and profiles and on promoting a productive exchange of experience. Finalists have the opportunity to … [Read more...]

A List of International Corporate Foundations and Grants Programs for NGOs in Developing Countries

Corporate agencies have welfare programs to provide financial support for various community development projects as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). But many of these programs are limited to those areas where these corporates are active and those where they think there is high potentiality for their products and services. However, there are some international corporates which offer grants to NGOs without taking into consideration their commercial interests. In general, these … [Read more...]

The Coca-Cola Foundation

Objectives: The Coca-Cola Foundation is Coca-Cola’s philanthropic arm. It was founded in 1984 as an American Charitable Organisation. Its main goal is to support the implementation of projects that improve health in communities. The Foundation invests mainly in community projects and has 4 priority areas: water, fitness, recycling, and education. Additional funding is available for organisations working on HIV/AIDS prevention and sexual education projects in Africa and Latin America. Areas of … [Read more...]