All Blog Posts Tagged 'donors' (95)

Afghanistan: How to Oversee Aid in Uncertain Times

From the U.S. Institute of Peace blog The Olive Branch. You can view this post on the USIP web site here.

By Colin Cookman

Last weekend, as many as 7 million Afghan voters are reported to have defied skeptics and …

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Added by Viola Gienger on June 23, 2014 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Crowdfunding opportunity for nonprofits with GlobalGiving - application deadline July 24th!

Hello all,

GlobalGiving is accepting applications for the September 2014 Global Open Challenge. Non-profits from anywhere in the world are eligible to…

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Added by Michael Gale on May 6, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Crowdfunding opportunity for nonprofits - application deadline April 24th!

Hello PCDN friends!



GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $106,108,205 from 377,692 donors who have supported 9,773 projects.



In 2013 alone, we got over $22 millions dollars into the hands of non-profits in 144 countries!



Interested in joining our community?…

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Added by Michael Gale on March 31, 2014 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

40 ways to help your organization survive tough financial times

By Isaac Roy Kyeyune, Director at FIND Partners International in Kampala. (This originally appeared as a guest post on how-matters.org.)

The year 2013 saw trends that are changing resource politics for civil society. These are a wakeup call to not only strengthen, but diversity your…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 28, 2014 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

The global development "players"

"The development landscape has never been more cluttered than it is today," wrote Marc Bellemare in Foreign Affairs last week.

"Oh great, what have I missed?" I thought, as I had already prepared my intro lecture for International Development Communications. The industry exists, fueled by…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 13, 2014 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment

Wanted: Films that illustrate how aid works

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The Social Impact Media Awards, organized by DEEDA Productions, have announced their 2nd annual call for submissions for their juried 2014 awards. Filmmakers and do-gooders, show us your video-based products that portray people grappling with the realities of aid programs on the ground!

SIMA is looking for…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 21, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Moving day: An aid analogy

What does it feel like to be a citizen on the receiving end of international aid? Here’s an analogy to try to help do-gooders understand:

Let’s say you’re moving across town. You have to be out of your old apartment by 5pm that day. You’ve got the boxes already packed and the moving van rented. All you need is some muscle to help you move the heavy stuff. You ask your friend to come over early. The plan is to…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 23, 2013 at 7:49am — No Comments

The Power of No

Imagine not being able to turn away from a problem that you see in this world. You are compelled by a sense of responsibility, passion, and the audacity to believe that you can do something about that problem. You have decided to take the leap and start an organization, an initiative, or a social enterprise.

To do so, you of course need resources. You don’t have them. You have to ask those with money to invest in you.

Imagine sitting across the table from a potential donor,…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 31, 2013 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Not your usual listening exercise: 6000 people's perceptions of aid delivery

A guest post on how-matters.org by Mike Keller, a self-described aid agnostic.

When a friend recently pointed my attention to Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid, a “book” by an organization that I’d never heard of, …

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 24, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments

13 thoughts for aid in 2013

As I was sitting in a year-end retreat, I started jotting down this list of things that the development aid world could use more of in 2013. I offer it as some food for thought for the year ahead.

  1. Aid organizations that are external-facing, employing attentiveness to “taking the pulse” of the customers and partners they serve and the world around them. No more head-down, power-through focus on “our programs”. Time to look up and outside of our own systems, requirements, and…
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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on January 6, 2013 at 11:34pm — 6 Comments

Thoughtful Conversations & Sideways Approaches: The Barefoot Guide Connection

Are there alternatives to the cynicism and disillusionment that pervades in so many organizations that are working towards ‘development’? Where are the people who are interested in creating more grounded, creative, human and humble ways of doing this work?

You can find them here.

When I first picked up and started reading The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change almost four years ago, it was one of…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on December 4, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

How do you tell a compelling story about people in need that doesn’t simplify or stereotype?

I use my How Matters YouTube channel to highlight portrayals of international assistance that inspire more nuanced conversations about the politics of global development and international aid. Frankly though, there’s not enough content to keep that page very active. Very few video-based products show people grappling with the realities of programming on the ground and the stories of grassroots change-makers too often remain…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 14, 2012 at 6:02am — No Comments

What makes a thought leader?

I’ve been called a “thought leader” lately. It’s a lot better than some other things I’ve been called in my life, but still, it’s a label I’ve been trying to understand—so much so that I facilitated a session on it at last month’s Opportunity Collaboration.

When I first heard the term, I did a bit of sleuthing to understand its origin. It seems it comes from the private sector. (Isn’t most of the “latest” aid and philanthropy jargon…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 11, 2012 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

How are international aid projects like U.S. presidential elections?

Yes We Can: The campaign/proposal writing

You have to get lots of people involved. In fact, the more people who share your vision, the better. You tell the voters/donors what they want to hear. Persuasion and hyperbole can be more important than substance. The popular vote/buy-in of the people served may be irrelevant in the end. You’re happy (though thoroughly exhausted) when the campaign is over/proposal is submitted, but the hard work is yet to…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on November 8, 2012 at 7:33am — No Comments

The storm’s a-comin’

I’m quickly writing this post before the 100-mile wide Hurricane Sandy, which has already killed 65 people in the Caribbean, takes the power out in Washington D.C. where I live.…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 29, 2012 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

Don't you talk about my...that way...

“Excuse me. What’s that you’re reading?” the woman wedged next to me in the busy restaurant asked.

Sitting on the table in front me yesterday was Tori Hogan’s new book, Beyond Good Intentions: A Journey Into the Realities of International Aid. (Now available …

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 23, 2012 at 6:59am — No Comments

The Ego and International Aid

He has now stood up at the long table, perhaps hoping that the argument can be won by positioning himself above those with whom he is supposedly vehemently disagreeing.

About what? I’m unsure, as is the normally reserved and quiet junior staff person, who has uncharacteristically burst out laughing at the scene before her.

Her and I both know that what’s being discussed has less to do with the issue at hand, and more to do with these men’s need to be on top.

I recently…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on October 15, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Ideas please! Help shape the next “How Matters Hub”

“For all of us who are in the ‘change the world’ business, we seldom reflect on our own attitudes and behaviours as donors, facilitators, managers, experts, technocrats. Yet we want to see change in the attitudes and behaviours of those we serve?! We do not want to change the power status quo within organisations and amongst ourselves, yet we are telling ‘communities’ to do so?!” ~from a …

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 24, 2012 at 6:41am — No Comments

Development Work: A Labor of Love…and Paradox

We are celebrating Labor Day today in the United States, a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the everyday efforts of American workers. What better day to share my thoughts on a book I’ve been reading on the lives of us, the development laborers?

Inside the Everyday Lives of Development…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on September 4, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Finding Room for Error

A guest post on how-matters.org by Mary Fifield

The power of learning is not just a slogan for many of us working in the non-profit sector. It's the value that undergirds the programs that we help deliver—programs designed to support people in discovering their own talents and skills to better their well-being, their environment, and their society. It's a value that supports our own…

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Added by Jennifer Lentfer on August 28, 2012 at 7:10am — No Comments

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