Most NGOs want to increase their core funding as it is flexible and carries fewer restrictions than project funding. While not the solution to every problem, NGOs that boost core funding can improve sustainability, flexibility, and project quality. Core funding is financial support that covers basic “core” organizational and administrative costs of an NGO, including salaries of non-project staff, rent, equipment, utilities, and communications. It is essential for the long term financial … [Read more...] about What is Core Funding and How to get it?
Many of us have experienced this all too familiar tale: You find the perfect grant funder, they have supported similar work in other bordering countries, they share the same ethos and values, they have big fund of money to spend in your field, but the foundation doesn’t accept unsolicited enquiries. After the initial gasps of frustration, your mind probably turned to confusion as to why the funder won’t take at least a letter of inquiry, especially as you believe your organisations would fit … [Read more...] about How NGOs can approach a foundation that does not accept Letters of Inquiry?
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 low in most cases, at a mere 25%, meaning out of 4 new donors acquired; only one continues to be associated with the cause for the next year. It means that most of the efforts and resources spent on raising resources and acquiring donors go in vain! A high donor retention rate means fewer resources spent and more received. … [Read more...] about How can NGOs ensure donor retention for-getting year on year funding from the same source?
At a time where Instagram claims to have one billion users worldwide, not having a profile for your NGO is a chance missed at reaching a wide audience and marking your digital and social existence. Hence, it proves to be a useful tool to share your vision, mission, impact, appeal for donations, call for volunteers, keep in touch with donors and raise awareness. Non-Profits are often catch up with core functions such as program management and fundraising to put dedicated efforts into softer, … [Read more...] about Instagram for NGOs: How media for social change can help in brand building
As an NGO, you often need to write a case study. It could be either to document a report, doing a research, developing a proposal or simply because you have come across an exciting incident relating to your work and you would like to capture it in words for sharing it with others. Although a case study can be about anything, or we can write it in different styles, NGOs often look for a proper format to present a story. Through this short video, NGOs can quickly get the answers to the … [Read more...] about The simplest ways for NGOs to write a Case Study
NGOs should update themselves to cope with changing fundraising techniques and methods as the strategies that were effective a decade back cannot be put to use today. As an NGO practitioner, you might be well accustomed to raising funds through proposal writing, door to door collections, corporate partnerships, direct calls etc. Still, these days there is a growing trend to organize special events for fundraising. This video will give you a basic idea of organizing special events to raise … [Read more...] about How to organize Special Events to raise funds for your NGO?
A sustainable NGO is an organization that plans before. First of all, if you are about to set up an NGO, make sure to build a strong argument for why such an organization is needed. An NGO's future depends on its capacity to address a community's real problems and collaborate with other actors and agencies working within the area, which may strengthen your organization's impact. Accordingly, the first rule for sustainability is to have a clear vision consistent with existing needs. It is vital … [Read more...] about How NGOs can develop a sustainability plan for their organization?
Fundraising for a young NGO presents several challenges you should be aware of to move your first steps towards a future of success. First of all, you have to understand that without a track record of successfully implemented projects and budget correctly administered, it is difficult to gain international agencies' trust and massive secure funding for projects. Rather than feeling frustrated, it would help if you considered this time fascinating because you are yet to demonstrate what you can … [Read more...] about What are the possibilities of funding for a new NGO?
Imagine a world where every person volunteered for just a few hours a week? Where every one of us dedicated just a small proportion of our time to supporting people in need. How many lives could we change? How much better could we make the world for every single one of us? The value of volunteers to NGOs is indisputable. They enable organisations to increase their capacity and achieve more than they would otherwise. To help inspire you to volunteer, we’ve created this video of the top ten … [Read more...] about NGO Careers: Towards a lifetime of Volunteering
Goals and objectives form the most crucial part of a project proposal, and one should pay great attention while framing them. Setting the goal is often the first step towards developing a proposal as it lays the foundation for the project. Next in the process is defining objectives that would help in achieving the goal. Well-drafted goals and objectives facilitate developing an articulate proposal that has high chances of getting funded. Thus, program Managers should not overlook both of … [Read more...] about What are goals and objectives in a project proposal and How can NGOs write them effectively?