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Introducing GlobalGiving Disaster Feedback Fellows

Introducing GlobalGiving Disaster Feedback Fellows

GlobalGiving is offering an opportunity for ten disaster relief and recovery practitioners to become GlobalGiving Disaster Feedback Fellows. The purpose of the Disaster Feedback Fellowship is to build a community of practice among disaster relief and recovery organizations that collect community feedback and implement changes to improve their work.

Disaster Feedback Fellows will have the opportunity to spend one week in Washington, DC learning from each other, promoting their projects to an audience of peers and funders, and speaking at and attending the 2018 Feedback Summit on October 4-5, 2018. This Summit will bring together leading thinkers, practitioners, funders, and researchers to talk about closing feedback loops in aid, philanthropy, and government. We want to feature your important work among this group, regardless of your experience or knowledge of the topic. For those newer to collecting and using feedback, we will cover your tuition to attend a one-day Feedback Crash Course on October 3. This interactive workshop will equip you with the knowledge, skills and tools you need to listen and respond to feedback from the people you seek to serve.

Disaster Feedback Fellows will spend their first day in Washington learning from each other, as they share their experiences navigating their work in a post-disaster environment. The second day will be all about helping you grow your network and your work, as we provide opportunities for you to tell your stories to new donors or media outlets. Following their week in DC and with the support of GlobalGiving, the 2018 Disaster Feedback Fellows will help drive feedback learning and peer exchanges within their own communities and the greater GlobalGiving community.

We are looking for people with a range of experiences collecting and using feedback – from expert to novice! – so that we can learn and grow with each other.

Fill out this short form by July 20 to apply! As always, feel free to reach out with any questions.

The Benefits

  • Ticket to attend the Feedback Summit on October 4-5, 2018 ($600 value)

  • Full tuition to attend the one-day Feedback Crash Course on October 3, 2018 ($400 value)

  • A $10,000 grant to cover your travel and accomodation for one week in Washington, DC

  • Opportunity to speak about your organization’s work in front of funders and peer organizations

  • Connection and collaboration with other nonprofit partners carrying out disaster recovery work

  • Opportunity to be featured in GlobalGiving’s social media, Learn section, and/or donor newsletter

  • One-on-one in-person fundraising and content support from the GlobalGiving team

  • Opportunity to apply for additional funding for ideas sparked during this experience (either related to community feedback or collaborative projects developed from contacts you made during the week)

The Requirements

  • In-person presence in Washington DC the week of October 1-5, 2018

  • Participation in the two-day Feedback Summit on October 4-5, 2018

  • Participation in the one-day Feedback Crash Course on October 3, 2018 (either as a participant or a trainer – we know some of you are already experts in this topic!)

  • Ability to speak about your organization’s work to a larger audience (either as an individual, on a panel, during a webinar, or as a table leader)

  • Creation of one blog post about the work that your organization is carrying out related to community feedback

Using Slack at GlobalGiving

Using Slack at GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is constantly looking for resources and tools that our team can share with our partners to help your organization more easily achieve your mission and goals!

One resource we have recently been reviewing is the Slack tool. Slack is a digital workspace that allows your team to connect more easily and efficiently and is currently the fastest growing workplace productivity software in the world. Currently, GlobalGiving uses the Slack platform to easily coordinate across teams and limit the amount of emails we send as an organization. It has been an invaluable tool for our team!

Why Slack?

Slack organizes your organization’s work so that you can focus on what’s important and streamline your priorities. If your team spends several hours each day in your email inbox or uses email to organize your To-Do list, then you may benefit from Slack as a way to improve your workflow management and the way you organize priorities.

Advantages of using Slack:

  1. It’s a better way to organize teams around priorities as opposed to email or using spreadsheets.
  2. It can save the entire team time and keep tasks organized.
  3. It lets you build a custom workflow for your needs, with an extensive list of other software products that can be integrated with Slack.
  4. It can reduce the cost of training new hires, and better organize daily conversations.
  5. It enables your team to integrate new technologies into your work.

Isha Vidhya’s Participation in the Feedback Loop for GlobalGiving

Isha Vidhya’s Participation in the Feedback Loop for GlobalGiving

Isha Vidhya was a recipient of our Feedback Fund. Recently, they shared these insights with us.

Constantly improving the quality of education imparted and the infrastructure has always been one of our top priorities at Isha Vidhya. In order to assess the satisfaction of the students and parents on Isha Vidhya matriculation schools, Isha Vidhya participated in a feedback program called ‘Feedback Loop’ that’s offered by one of the world’s renowned fundraising platforms Globalgiving.

We employed a few college students on a part-time basis to interview 280 students and 20 parents spread across three (Villupuram, Dharmapuri, and Salem) of our schools. Data collected was entered into a database and results were analyzed.

Survey results and plans of action

Creating Wealth Among Kenyan Youth

Creating Wealth Among Kenyan Youth

Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) has been a GlobalGiving partner since 2010. They have participated in storytelling for multiple years and designed their project from that process. Recently they shared their insights with us. 

Eunice, 23 years old, resides in Kiambiu and works as a hairdresser and beautician. She was one of the vocational training students for VAP’s 2014 cohort. Soon after completing her course, she was referred to Emma’s salon for a job placement as a hairdresser.

Her greatest joy is the fact that she doesn’t create a living for herself but for her sibling as well. ‘’I always wished to do hairdressing but I didn’t have the money to pursue my dream. In Mrembo salon, I learned both beauty and hairdressing and it has been of great help in my life. I’m now earning some money, I get paid on commission. I don’t earn a lot but the little I get covers my upkeep, pays my rent, and I help out a little bit with my family especially my little brother who I help with school fees. I would like to have my own salon and a beauty shop and currently I am saving towards that’’.

Karuna Trust: What’s Lost in Translation in Conversations About Youth Dreams

Karuna Trust: What’s Lost in Translation in Conversations About Youth Dreams

Karuna Trust is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently, they shared these insights with us.

As part of our work with partners in India and Nepal, Karuna Trust collected stories from the beneficiaries of the projects we’re supporting. It helps demonstrate the tangible change that the projects can bring to young people and their families. So we were excited to receive funding from GlobalGiving to try their storytelling method with two of our education projects – the Amaravati Hostel and Green Tara Trust. After discussing with our partners and GlobalGiving, we agreed to focus on exploring the hopes and dreams of young people. We wanted to find out what their ambitions were for their future, what they imagined their lives to be like, and what challenges they were facing. We hoped to create a picture where we could see form the results what extra support the young people might be requiring and this would help us to refine our work further.