GlobalGiving: Connecting Nonprofits, Donors and Companies

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money they need to improve their communities.

Its goal is to find organizations best positioned to solve problems in their communities and help increase their impact.

Once the application gets approved by the team, the applicants become able to:

  • post a project to promote their project and receive donations;
  • use GlobalGiving’s donor management and communication tools;
  • participate in at least three giving day campaigns each year, with thousands of dollars in matching funds and bonus prizes provided by GlobalGiving;
  • access free training programs and learning tools to help their organization grow and thrive;
  • non-US organizations can get tax-deductible donations for US donors.

Support Categories

  • Categories
  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children
  • Climate Change
  • Democracy & Governance
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Hunger
  • Malaria
  • Microfinance
  • Peace & Security
  • Sport
  • Technology
  • Women & Girls

How to Apply       

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Application submission: Interested applicants can begin their applications via given website.
    • Creating a Page: Share details about your work with potential donors, demonstrating how their donation will make a difference.
  • Once, the application gets approved by GlobalGiving, the applicant will immediately be able to receive donations from his/her network and access GlobalGiving learning tools.

For more information, please visit GlobalGiving.

GlobalGiving Emerging Organization Bonus and Matching Day, May 25th, 2016

GlobalGiving links up donors, nonprofits and companies worldwide by heping registered organizations in accessing the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective.

It is the first and largest global crowdfunding community for nonprofits and works with a mission to catalyze a global market for ideas, information, and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy.

GlobalGiving helps people to achieve funds for their cause and supports nonprofits in order to make them more effective with that money by connecting organizations to resources that help them continually learn and improve.

Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts & Culture
  • Children
  • Climate Change
  • Democracy & Governance
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • HIV-AIDS
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian Assistance
  • Hunger
  • Malaria
  • Microfinance
  • Peace & Security
  • Sport
  • Technology
  • Women & Girls

Benefits of Joining Global Giving

Once the application gets approved by the team, the applicants become able to:

  • post a project to promote their project and receive donations;
  • use GlobalGiving’s donor management and communication tools;
  • participate in at least three giving day campaigns each year, with thousands of dollars in matching funds and bonus prizes provided by GlobalGiving;
  • access free training programs and learning tools to help their organization grow and thrive;
  • non-US organizations can get tax-deductible donations for US donors.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Application submission: Interested applicants can begin their applications via given website.
    • Creating a Page: Share details about your work with potential donors, demonstrating how their donation will make a difference.
  • Once, the application gets approved by GlobalGiving, the applicant will immediately be able to receive donations from his/her network and access GlobalGiving learning tools.

For more information, please visit GlobalGiving.

Resource mobilization for community-based organizations

Community-based organizations (CBO) or Community organizations (CO) have been an integral part of the development projects and initiatives since decades. They are indeed the ‘face’ of community empowerment, by virtue of the fundamental principles of democratic processes, building on the social capital, and reliance on community participation.

Many development projects have CBO formation as a ‘model’ inherent in the project principles, systems and processes. Most commonly, CBOs form, grow and stabilize over the years, during the project period. But once the funding support ceases, which usually is a part of the project costs partially or fully, the CBOs face multiple challenges in sustaining their functions. As a result, many such organizations die out.

 Resource mobilization for community-based organizations

For continued existence, financial self-reliance, and sustainability of the community-based organizations, exploring new avenues for financial support is very important. These organizations must not depend only on the external funding support, as it might be inconsistent, temporary and based on the priorities of funding agencies/ donors rather than on the real need at the grassroots.

In order to devise an innovative strategy for fundraising, the community organization (CO) must first focus on its current activities, prioritize them and then must diversify accordingly. It must first understand its own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities in front of it and also threats to its resources or existence. In order to attain financial self-reliance, access to financial resources may be sought in more than one way.

There may be mainly three approaches to gain access to financial resources: 1. Accessing financial support from other organizations, like foundations, CSR arms, local resources and support, etc.; 2. Generating income by taking up income-generating activities 3. Making use of resources available to generate funds/ other kind of support, like asking volunteers to raise funds, building and utilizing network and goodwill to raise funds.

All three ways can be used innovatively to raise funds or resources for a CO.

  1. Accessing financial support from foundations/ CSR/ local resources or bodies is the conventional and most common way of raising funds. Yet, newer and innovative methods and approaches towards fundraising can make a difference. The CO must make its own cause clear to the donor, explaining what activities it undertakes and what impact it is making on the grassroots level. A well- documented impact report, testimonials; third-party evaluations (if possible) can establish the credibility and effectiveness of the organization.
  2. Taking up income-generating activities is what many organizations have started doing in order to support them to some extent. Such activities may involve selling items at goodwill prices, partnership with other organizations, training programs, and other similar activities. One newer avenue in this regard is eco-tourism, exposure visits, transect walks, and similar tours. Such events enable one to explore and experience the ground realities which are not a part of the daily lives of a normal urban dweller. One very important thing to note here is that such activities must not interfere with the mission, vision and the main functions of a CO. Thus, these must be completely isolated from the main activities of the CO.
  3. Making use of resources available to generate funds/ other kind of support: like asking volunteers to raise funds, building and utilizing network and goodwill to raise funds. Social media can play a very important role here. A very large network of volunteers and goodwill supporters can be built through the use of internet and social media. A well-made and comprehensive website can also play crucial role here. Free web platforms are available these days where websites can be made very easily. Some amount of training and skill-building for CO will be needed to access this very effective medium of today’s age. Volunteers may also be engaged in direct fundraising support apart from other activities of a CO.

Certain events may also be organized for networking and fundraising support with the help of volunteers. Local resources may also be tapped with their help. Some of the local bodies like Panchayats, Zilla Parishads, and Municipalities in India from which support may be sought for fundraising.

8 very simple yet effective tips for donor retention

NGOs are now focusing on donor acquisition strategies, along with resource mobilization and fundraising strategies. But research tells us that the donor retention rates are poor in most cases, at a mere 25%. This means that out of 4 new donors acquired; only 1 continues to be associated with the cause for the next year.

This means that most of the efforts and resources spent for raising resources and acquiring donors go in vain! A high donor retention rate means less resources spent, and more received. So, NGOs need to work on donor acquisition and retention strategies too. Here are some simple but very effective tips for NGO to achieve good retention rates.

8 very simple yet effective tips for donor retention

  1. Know your donors:

Knowing the donors and their intent towards investing in social causes is the first step for true engagement. Some donors might want to engage themselves, my means of volunteers, and participation in the various events of the NGO; while others might be okay with timely reports received from NGOs sans any ‘hands-on’ experiences. So, understanding a donor first will be instrumental for devising engagement strategy.

  1. Real engagement: develop strategy and systems:

Many donors want a real engagement with the NGO, and even with the beneficiaries. It is important to vision a long-term engagement with the donor to make the best out of the relationship. Thus a donation must not be viewed as just one-time transaction, but as a step towards more meaningful relationship. This will guide the NGO to make it inherent in the strategy and develop systems accordingly.

  1. Do it better than others:

No doubt, your NGO and staff are committed and highly motivated to work towards a social cause. But demonstrating your professionalism and ability to make yourself stand out is the key to get noticed by the donors. For example, in case of corporate donors, know which partners are associated with the donor, what they do, and how they are doing it. Display that you are better at your work than your ‘competitors’.

  1. Have a clear communications strategy:

NGOs need to understand the need of more and meaningful communication with the donors. One tip here is to develop a ‘communication calendar’, similar to your project activity calendar or a Gantt chart. Share this calendar with your donors too, and stick to it!

  1. Thank your donors:

Believe in your heart that donors are very, very important. So, you need to acknowledge their contribution and send ‘thank you’s, along with other communications as per your calendar.

  1. Speak a language understandable to the donor:

Understand that your jargons might impress the donor once, but use of jargons and heavy terms in routine communication will make the donor just glance through your communication material, or maybe not even that! Use a language that is understandable for the donors, to make them feel a part of the ‘family’. Send them the information they want to hear, not what you want to share. 

  1. Share stories:

The donors are overwhelmed when they get to know what change their contribution is bringing about. Remember that most donations come from the ‘heart’, that is the donor’s desire to do good. Share stories, case studies, success stories to delight, encourage, and engage the donor.

  1. Ask for feedback:

The best way to find out areas of improvement is to ask for feedback. Ask your donors what they like, what they don’t, and how they would like you to improve. Obviously, taking feedback very seriously and acting on it is imperative thereafter.

How Indian NGOs can mobilize funds through CSR: A guide

Many Indian companies have been contributing to the society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arms and foundation since their inception, like Tata group, Aditya Birla group, among many others. So, CSR is not an entirely new concept in Indian context. But the Companies Act 2013 has put CSR in the forefront, with a ‘comply or explain’ mandate, for companies that have more than 5 crores INR as net profit for a year.

How Indian NGOs can mobilize funds through CSR: A guide

This mandate has thus opened new doors for Indian NGOs, and has provided a huge opportunity to be tapped. But not many NGOs have been able to take advantage of this, and thus many still do not have access to CSR funds, because of a number of reasons like lack of initiative, little understanding of the scenario, no network, etc. So, here is a step-by-step guide for NGOs on how they may mobilize CSR funds:

  1. Understand the Clause 135 of Companies Act 2013:

In India, clause 135 of Companies Act of 2013 governs the CSR, and was passed on 29th of August 2013. NGOs need to understand the applicability of the clause on companies, its details, permitted themes for intervention, etc. To give a snapshot, the CSR provisions in the act apply for companies with an annual turnover of 1000 crores INR or more, and with more than 5 crores INR as net profit for a year. The act mandates spending of at least 2% of the average net profit in three consecutive years on CSR activities. The themes are also well-defined, along with what will be and what will not be considered expense on CSR. NGOs may ask a legal consultant to understand the act better.

  1. Statutory requirements for NGOs:

Most of the corporate donors donate only to those NGOs which have certificates like 80G registration (Provides 50% Income Tax exemption to the donor), 12A registration (Tax-free income for NGO), apart from NGO Registration certificate. It is in best interest of the NGO to get these registrations done to increase the chances of receiving funds. Foreign companies may donate funds only if the NGO has an FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) registration. Ensure that your NGO has all the documentation in place, and do not forget to renew these every year.

  1. Map and understand the corporate donors in your area:

Map the existing companies in your area. Start by understanding their profile, preferences and policies. Try to find out whether they are already undertaking some activities under CSR. And finally, fix a meeting with the CSR team or HR.

  1. Start building a network:

NGOs need to step-out and explore the various possibilities for funding. Events are being organized by many agencies devoted for CSR. Online and offline campaigns are going on year-round. These events provide a very good platform for active participation, networking with prospective donors, and building relationships. These may result in fruitful associations in long run.

  1. Keep documented evidence ready:

Apart from the legal documents, corporate donors also look for authentic evaluation reports, impact data, and third-party evaluations to ensure that NGO is credible, and is doing outstanding work in its field. Make sure to keep the documentation up-to-date.

  1. Look for resources required:

Indian companies are willing to provide support to NGOs in terms of funding, and also in terms of volunteers for the projects. This will also give them a ‘hands-on’ experience of the NGO sector.

  1. Ask for feedback from your current donors:

Your current donors can help you in improving your systems and processes, but only if you ask for their feedback. Make it a routine activity to ask them for feedback for your processes, communication, engagement strategies and every new thing you implement.

  1. Set expectations right:

It is very important to set the expectations right, since the beginning itself, in terms of requirement of resources, activities under the project, intended outcomes and impact. While it is important to aim for a positive impact for the target community, NGOs must let the donor know that timelines also matter a lot. Social change is certainly not an overnight process, and many other factor come into play in this context. To quote the Head of a renowned Indian CSR foundation, donors need to know that ‘Social development is not a low-hanging fruit, rather it is a seed to be sown which will gradually be grown into the tree of desired impact in the years to come!’

16 Powerful Tips to Boost your Online and Offline Fundraising Efforts

This guide offers you some tips that have worked for some organizations and will surely help you to maximize your funding efforts.

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.

Fundraising forms the most important activity of any NGO to sustain and continue their efforts for social wellbeing and development. Many experts consider it to be the backbone of the nonprofit sector, which is very true, as continuous flow of funds ensures NGOs to perform effectively. Raising money is indeed a challenge, but with some help and practice you can boost up your fundraising efforts.

This guide offers you 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.

Planning is the key and that’s why do not wait till your project comes to an end

16 Powerful Tips to Boost your Online and Offline Fundraising Efforts

Section 1: Tips for enhancing conventional methods of fundraising

  1. Plan 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 enough time to submit application to various donors. As different donors have a funding cycle, you will not want to miss any opportunity and therefore keep enough time. You can engage team members in the fundraising exercise and allocate responsibilities for taking up different roles for example; some one can conduct donor research, while the other can develop proposals. Planning ensures that you don’t miss any deadline and all correspondence with the donor is done on a timely and proficient manner.
  2. Diversify your donors: Well if you are still stuck with traditional donors, it high time you diversify your donors. There are several new donor mechanisms in place viz. virtual funding platforms, crowd funding, CSR, individuals etc. Keep an eye on such funding windows as there is a huge potential to get funds from them. This will surely help you in engaging with multiple donors thereby enhancing your chances of funding.
  3. Share your success and impact stories with donors: Donors like to know how you have utilized their money, therefore share with them impact stories. Sharing information motivates them to support your cause in the long run. You can let the donors know that their money is being used to improve lives and with their continued support can bring about a positive change in the society.
  4. Pay special attention while writing your proposal: This is one of the most important steps towards ensuring donor engagement and receiving money from donors. The proposal should provide information on what you intend to do, what are the objectives, key activities, how will it help the cause, how much money you need etc.. As there are several organizations applying for funding, you need to develop a strong case to avail the fund. Writing a proposal forms the most important part of the fundraising plan, as it is the proposal that will decide if you will get funded or not. Some points to be kept in mind while drafting your proposal:

– Use simple and effective language to explain your proposal. Avoid using jargons and don’t be too verbose.

 – Do not make the proposal too academic by using too much facts and figures. Use facts at only relevant places eg. Describing the issue/problem and how you intend to solve it.

– Have a human pitch to your proposal, which simply means the proposal should show that your care about the issue. However do not make it overly emotional.

– Follow the guidelines, format and instructions properly.

– Clearly mention about the sustainability aspect of the project and your exit strategy from the project site.

– Make a detailed budget reflecting how you will be utilizing the funds.

– Ensure that your share relevant documents with the donor agency.

– Avoid making spelling and grammatical mistakes, so share the proposal with your colleagues and get it checked thoroughly before submitting.

  1. Face to face meetings always result in better results: These days people emphasize on new methods of fundraising like use of internet, telephone and crowd funding but no matter how much technology progresses, face to face meetings are the best way to raise funds. These interactions are the best way to communicate with donors about causes you care about  and also help you to understand donors view point and their interest. Once you get the chance to speak with a donor representative make the most of this opportunity. Some of the points to remember when meeting donors are:

– Ensure that communication is done by a person who knows about the donor agency and has good communication skills. This is your first interaction and therefore you will surely not want to ruin it.

– Introduce your organization and the work you have done in the past. However, do not waste time in narrating long stories, be precise and to the point.

– Avoid asking questions for which answers are available on their webpage and guidelines.

– Listen to them patiently as suggestions by them can help you in improving your proposal.

– Once the call/meeting comes to an end thank them for giving time, this can be done by sending them an email, immediately after your meeting or call. If they have asked for some information, provide it immediately without wasting time.

  1. Keep your financial statements and audit reports handy and available: One of the best ways to enhance donor support is through clearly stating your financial details and making it available to the donor. This will make your more accountable and credible Questions are increasingly being raised about how to make NGOs more accountable for the funds they receive and how to enhance their effectiveness and performance. This enhances your credibility in front of the donor and will make you look more professional and credible to the donor thereby increasing your chances of getting funded.
  2. Maintain a congenial relation with your existing donors: You need to maintain a good rapport with your existing donors as well. Submit all the reports, financial documents and updates with them in a timely manner. It is important that you involve them in your organization and acknowledge them for their support. Developing long term relation with the donors will certainly increase the likelihood of repeat funding.

Section 2: Tips for enhancing online fundraising efforts

With the growing use of internet globally, you should also strengthen your online fundraising efforts. Here are a few quick tips that can enhance online donations for your work.

  1. Go mobile: As more and more people use smart phones, the use of laptops and desktops will reduce considerably for internet search. In such a scenario it is advisable that you make your website mobile friendly. This way you can reach that group of donors who are active on their mobile phones all day long. Besides Google search is also configured to prefer mobile friendly pages and apps.
  2. Make sure to have a donate button visible all across the website: When you start online fundraising it is important that you add a donate button and place it appropriately on the page. You should make it visible to the people who visit your webpage so that they can easily locate it and donate an amount towards your cause. Make sure that button stands out this can be done by either making it bright, colorful or bold. Some organizations also integrate the donate button on all pages of the website, this is done so that the visitor can hit the donate button anytime while navigating through your website. Develop a page that has a strong story/ case which would compel the donors to support your cause.
  3. Share your impact stories on your webpage and monthly newsletter: You can attract more donors by regularly updating your website. Many organizations also send monthly updates to all their donors stating the new events and activities undertaken for a particular cause. This helps you to stay connected with your donors.
  4. Provide donors options: While making your donation page, make sure to provide donors with multiple options to support your cause. These options can be in the form of ways to support your cause like: in kind donation, volunteer support etc.. or you can provide giving amount options example : 5$, 10$, 50$ etc.. This would ensure that interested donors not only provide money but also get associated with your organization for a long period. Research also reveals that giving amount options leads to improved donation.
  5. Use compelling imagery: Visual images always create a long lasting impact on humans and therefore use images that compel the donors to support your cause. It is very important to select images wisely because you want the donor to get a clear message from the image without having to read the details. Use relevant imagery that clearly indicates to the donors what you are raising funds for. Remember not to clutter the page with too many images, use only few images that convey a strong message.
  6. Use statistics to show results: many organizations have improved their fundraising performance through the use of data. You can use charts, graphs and figures on your donation page to represent important information for donors. You can show the current status through a status bar representing how far you have reached towards achieving your goal. You can also use data to show how money from donors has impacted lives.
  7. Make sure to secure online transactions: Financial transactions have become commonplace on the internet, but people still like to know that you’re taking the appropriate precautions to ensure their information is secure. Financial safety and security is one of the major turnoff for a potential investor/donor. Ensure that the payment gateway used is authentic and has additional security protocols such as secure pages and 128 bit encryption. This can be a confidence booster for many investors.
  8. Make the process of payment easy: Do not complicate the process of donation. Make the forms easy to understand and ask for information that is relevant. Complicated payment mechanisms and lengthy forms deter donors. Try to make payment process simple and then take the donor to pages where additional details are required.

Acknowledge your donors: Another great tip for both conventional and online fund raising is acknowledging your donors. Send thank you messages, share the names of your supporters in blogs, web pages and newsletters, this motivates donors to continue their support. Some leading organizations also send gifts to the donors as a thank you gesture.

Incorporating the above mentioned tips in your fundraising effort will surely boost up your performance and will help you engage with many donors. Just remember that these tips can help you in improving your performance and if you don’t get immediate results do not lose hope but instead keep trying and integrate the above-mentioned tips in your routine.

Seven Qualities of a Successful Fundraiser

In this era of globalization and digitization of everything, methods and ways of fundraising are also transforming from conventional to very innovative and creative ones. A successful fundraiser needs to be dynamic, innovative and creative to get into the swing of fundraising. A dynamic and effective fundraiser is an asset for the organization. If you have a fundraiser in your organization, or you are planning to hire one, it will be worthwhile to ensure s/he has the following attributes. If you are into fundraising, here is a check-list of what can make you a successful fundraiser:

  1. Passion, confidence and creativity:

You believe in the cause you are supporting, or are raising funds for. So, you ‘ask’ confidently as you believe how your donor’s money can transform lives. You are creative and constantly willing to learn about new ways of connecting with people, asking what you need and why.

  1. Story-telling craft:

You know that people love hearing beautiful stories of transformation in the lives of people, rather than just problems they face. While it is important to explain the cause, it is actually the hope of ‘bringing about the change’ that makes a donor tick.

  1. You know what to ask for and for what:

You understand the cause and the work of your organization completely. You are aware what resources are required, and for what purposes. If it is not just money and you need other resources as well, like expertise, you are well-aware of the plans and strategies. You can answer the donor’s queries about how you are going to make use of the resources you ask for.

  1. Humility and honesty:

You are humble while sharing the work and successes of your organization, and also acknowledge the efforts of the entire team that is making it possible. Honesty is one quality you vouch for, and are not afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I will get back to you about this’ in case of any doubts. You know it is better to be honest rather than misrepresenting facts or providing wrong information.

  1. You understand the donor:

You undertake meticulous research about the donors you are approaching, and understand their requirements, portfolio, and business values too. Prior to approaching a donor, you conduct a detailed planning exercise with mapping of potential donors, and then approach them. You also know how to make a business case for your proposal, while making it meet their expectations and fitting into their business ideologies.

  1. Belief in networking:

Being into fundraising is a 360 degrees engagement, and it entails reaching out to people who matter, and building good and strategic relationships with them. You understand the importance of networking and maintain regular and meaningful communication with donors and prospective donors too.

  1. You’re a go-getter:

You set goals for yourself and your team, with focus on end results. While you know that it is not just your efforts which will bring in the funds but many other factors also come into play, you acknowledge the fact that fundraising is a skill to be acquired, and you diligently work towards mastering it!

Apply to GlobalGiving Today: An Online Fundraising Platform for Social Entrepreneurs & Nonprofits around the World

Deadline: 24 July 2015

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money they need to improve their communities. It offers a secure and trusted platform to receive donations; connects you with new individual and corporate donors around the world; and provides non-profits with the tools, trainings, and resources they need to upgrade their fundraising.

Non-profits and Social Entrepreneurs will have to mobilize supporters to raise $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors during this time. Then the project will get an opportunity to earn an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website. There will be additional awards for the projects that raise the most funds and from the most donors.

Cash Prizes

  • Top three (3) projects that raise the most funds will also receive supplementary cash bonuses from GlobalGiving of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
  • The project with the greatest number of unique donors will be awarded a bonus of $2,000.
  • For at least one day during the Challenge all donations of $25 or more (up to $1000 each) will be matched at 15% till the total matching grant of $5000 on each day is used up.
  • The matching funds will not count towards to the $5000 threshold. Also, the project with the most unique donors at 11:59pm EST on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 prize. The project with the most funds raised on Bonus Day will also receive a $500 prize.

Other Benefits of Participating in the Global Giving Challenge

  • Exposure to a new community of online donors: The GlobalGiving website is a destination for online donors interested in furthering causes and communities all around the world. If your project earns an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website, there is high chance that your project will be exposed to the donors around the globe. Other benefits are Opportunity to participate in regular/ongoing marketing and fundraising campaigns and challenges, many of which offer matching funds or bounty awards, opportunity to engage your donors in different ways, and much more!
  • Training from GlobalGiving’s expert online fundraising team: The experts will provide training, tools and tips during the challenge to help you learn how to harness the power of crowdsourcing and online fundraising to further your cause.
  • Full online giving capability and fundraising tools: Your project will have a personalized landing page, viral communication tools, personalized widgets, email templates, and the ability to communicate directly with donors through the GlobalGiving website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be a registered non-profit organization (charity, nonprofit, or NGO that is implementing programs) in the US [i.e. 501(c)3] or its home country.
  • The organization should be committed to updating donors at least every three months on the progress of the project it lists.
  • The organization’s staff must have the ability to communicate with GlobalGiving in English, including translating documents. All organizational documents must be provided in English.
  • The organization should not discriminate in selecting its beneficiaries.
  • Organization should have ability to mobilize online supporters to raise funds for its work.

Application Procedure

Applications can be made online through the website. If the organization is registered outside United States, following documents should be ready to upload in application. Program materials must include:

  • Letter of reference
  • Certificate of government registration
  • Founding document (with dissolution clause) such as Constitution, Articles of Association, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Charter, By-Laws, Trust Deed
  • Financial documents (2 years of financial statements and a current year budget)
  • Disbursement information
  • Names of senior staff and board members
  • If the applicant organization is registered in the United States, information should be uploaded in the application
  • IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  • Program materials
  • Disbursement information
  • Names of senior staff and board members

For more information, please visit GlobalGiving Open Challenge.

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Resource Alliance Offers 50% Bursaries to Attend International Workshop on Resource Mobilisation Asia 2015

Deadline: 1 June 2015

The Resource Alliance is currently inviting eligible candidates to apply for bursaries to attend the International Workshop on Resource Mobilisation (IWRM) to be held from 24-27 August 2015 in New Delhi, India. The workshop focuses on providing comprehensive training in all aspects of resource mobilisation and sustainable fundraising techniques. A limited number of bursaries will be provided to the eligible candidates to attend the IWRM Asia 2015 and receive mentoring support to put their learning into practice.

The Resource Alliance is committed to building the fundraising capacity of the non-profit sector worldwide.

Bursary benefits

50% reduction in four-day delegate place at the IWRM Asia 2015 that include:

  • Three nights full-board accommodation and meals at the Piccadilly Hotel, New Delhi only for resident delegates
  • Access to the full IWRM programme, including Masterclass/Fundraising Clinics and all social and networking events for both resident and non – resident delegates
  • Gala dinner for both resident and non – resident delegates

Programme Sessions

  • Opening plenary
    • From Gandhi to Google
  • Masterclasses (6 hours)
    • Creating a world-class communications plan to drive your fundraising
    • Developing a donor-centric fundraising strategyResearching institutional donors and writing winning proposals
    • Corporate Fundraising, Bridging the Empathy Gap
  • Fundraising Clinics (3 hours)
    • Building a fundraising operation – key steps to recruiting individual donors
    • Major gift fundraising: How to get started in countries where this concept is still new
    • Getting ready for the e-Revolution
  • Big Hall Sessions (1 hour)
    • Emotion raising: How to recognise and manage emotions to promote your fundraising
    • From good to great
    • Essential ingredients of success-leadership in fundraising
    • Ten critical mistakes non-profit and civil society organisations make
  • Workshops (2 hours)
    • A new model for regular giving – bringing fundraising innovation to market
    • The leadership challenge – setting the conditions for successful organisations
    • Be human! Make the ask
    • Fundraising without a budget!
    • The magic of the moment-leveraging events as tools for fundraising
    • Media is the message-make media work for you
    • Friendraising: How to use social media to acquire supporters, donors and fundraisers
    • Best of social media campaign and many more.

Eligibility Criteria for IWRM Workshop 2015

  • Applicants can be the
    • Heads of civil society organisations/ NGOs and institutions who are responsible for the sustainability of their organisations
    • Directors and board members who are responsible for ensuring that their organisations have adequate resources
    • Programme and project cordinators who are also responsible for mobilising, managing and accounting for project finances and other resources
    • Directors of fundraising, development and communications
    • Fundraising, marketing and grant officers/managers
    • Representatives from government institutions and ministries with the responsibility of mobilising, managing and accounting for finances and other non-financial resources
    • Representatives from trusts, foundations, and charity networks interested in learning more about the fundraising sector
    • Representatives of commercial organisations operating in the charity fundraising sector
    • All those whose job involves mobilising, using and accounting for resources and managing their donor relations
    • Individuals who want to build their careers in fundraising
    • Resource mobilisation and fundraising consultants.

Eligibility Criteria for IWRM Asia Bursaries

  • Applicants must represent a non-profit organisation based in Asia with an annual budget of less than USD200,000.
  • Applicant organisations should not propagate political or religious doctrines.
  • Applicants should have an understanding of the English language.

How to Apply?

To apply for a bursary place please download the application form and return it to IWRM Asia via email.

For more information about IWRM Asia bursaries, please visit IWRM Bursary.

For more information about IWRM Asia , please visit IWRM Asia.

Take forward your Fundraising Mission: Apply to GlobalGiving Today

Deadline: 24 April 2015

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money they need to improve their communities. It offers a secure and trusted platform to receive donations; connects you with new individual and corporate donors around the world; and provides non-profits with the tools, trainings, and resources they need to upgrade their fundraising.

Non-profits and Social Entrepreneurs will have to mobilize supporters to raise $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors during this time. Then the project will get an opportunity to earn an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website. There will be additional awards for the projects that raise the most funds and from the most donors.

Cash Prizes

  1. Top three (3)projects that raise the most funds will also receive supplementary cash bonuses from GlobalGiving of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively.
  2. The project with the greatest number of unique donors will be awarded a bonus of $2,000.
  3. For at least one day during the Challenge all donations of $25 or more (up to $1000 each) will be matched at 15% till the total matching grant of $5000 on each day is used up.
  4. The matching funds will not count towards to the $5000 threshold. Also, the project with the most unique donors at 11:59pm EST on Bonus Day will receive an additional $500 prize. The project with the most funds raised on Bonus Day will also receive a $500 prize.

Benefits of Participating in the Global Giving Challenge.

  1. Exposure to a new community of online donors: The GlobalGiving website is a destination for online donors interested in furthering causes and communities all around the world. If your project earns an ongoing spot on the GlobalGiving website, there is high chance that your project will be exposed to the donors around the globe. Other benefits are Opportunity to participate in regular/ongoing marketing and fundraising campaigns and challenges, many of which offer matching funds or bounty awards, opportunity to engage your donors in different ways, and much more!
  2. Training from GlobalGiving’s expert online fundraising team: The experts will provide training, tools and tips during the challenge to help you learn how to harness the power of crowdsourcing and online fundraising to further your cause.
  3. Full online giving capability and fundraising tools: Your project will have a personalized landing page, viral communication tools, personalized widgets, email templates, and the ability to communicate directly with donors through the GlobalGiving website.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant organization must be a registered non-profit organization (charity, nonprofit, or NGO that is implementing programs) in the US [i.e. 501(c)3] or its home country.
  • The organization should be committed to updating donors at least every three months on the progress of the project it lists.
  • The organization’s staff must have the ability to communicate with GlobalGiving in English, including translating documents. All organizational documents must be provided in English.
  • The organization should not discriminate in selecting its beneficiaries.
  • Organization should have ability to mobilize online supporters to raise funds for its work.

Application Procedure

If the organization is registered outside United States, following documents should be ready to upload in application

  1. Program materials
  2. Letter of reference
  3. Certificate of government registration
  4. Founding document (with dissolution clause) such as Constitution, Articles of Association, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Charter, By-Laws, Trust Deed
  5. Financial documents (2 years of financial statements and a current year budget)
  6. Disbursement information
  7. Names of senior staff and board members

Applicant should review and indicate agreement to each of these items – GlobalGiving Terms & Conditions, Anti-terror Certification, Non-discrimination Policy, and Due Diligence Affidavit.

If the applicant organization is registered in the United States, information should be uploaded in the application

  1. IRS Employer Identification Number (EIN)
  2. Program materials
  3. Disbursement information
  4. Names of senior staff and board members

Applicant should review and indicate your agreement to each of these items – GlobalGiving Terms & Conditions, Anti-terror Certification and Non-discrimination Policy.

For more information, please visit GlobalGiving Open Challenge.