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You Could be Named to GlobalGiving’s 2018 Top Ten!

You Could be Named to GlobalGiving’s 2018 Top Ten!

Last year we launched our first Top 10 List celebrating organizations in the GlobalGiving community that have demonstrated the greatest commitment to learning and effectiveness. As you probably know, GlobalGiving believes people and organizations that Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. are the most effective, and we measure your learning and effectiveness through GG Rewards. This November, we’ll launch our second annual Top 10 List of organizations.

Meet GlobalGiving’s 2018 Disaster Feedback Fellows

Meet GlobalGiving’s 2018 Disaster Feedback Fellows

Ana Yris Guzmán is the co-founder of Nuestra Escuela, a flourishing alternative high school in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Ever since Hurricane Maria hit, Ana is also a disaster relief coordinator.

The hurricane uprooted many of her students and staff. “They lost many things, including family, houses, the basic necessities,” Ana told me earlier this year.

So, Ana is doing what needs to be done for hurricane survivors in addition to her everyday duties. Nuestra Escuela’s hurricane relief projects include a free food program, post-traumatic stress relief curriculum, and a creative cleanup project. The cleanup project is led by a team of Nuestra Escuela students who are transforming hurricane-uprooted trees into school furniture.

“With the support of many people, we can recover,” Ana said.

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

Announcing the 2017 Fail Forward Winners!

Announcing the 2017 Fail Forward Winners!

In this year’s Fail Forward contest, we acknowledged that we all are constantly learning. Failure is one of the key components to organizational growth. This year, project leaders did not just share their stories of failure, but they shared how their organizations grew greater from the experience. Organizations transformed their challenges into successes by listening, acting, learning, and repeating!

Thank you to all the participants this year. We were overwhelmed by your wisdom, growth, and adaptability. Three organizations shared their story of learning through failure particularly well. The 2017 Fail Forward winners are:

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