How Students with Dreams are Learning to Become Leaders

How Students with Dreams are Learning to Become Leaders

Art and Global Health Center Africa (AGHCA) is a recipient of GlobalGiving’s 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently, they shared these insights with us.

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Our Students With Dreams (SWD) program provides leadership training, mentorship, and seed funding to teams of college students to address challenges they identify in their communities in Malawi. We believe financial skills are critical. We teach our young leaders how to develop cost-effective, high-impact solutions from limited resources. In 2015 and 2016 we gathered feedback to better support them and the communities they serve.

We used several surveys about:

  • Dreamers’ experiences in the program.
  • Their self-assessment of their leadership and financial skills.
  • Their recommendations on how to improve the program. This included a focus group.

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’’.

Ecuador Earthquake Recovery 100% Matching Begins October 11th!

Ecuador Earthquake Recovery 100% Matching Begins October 11th!

On April 16, 2016, a 7.8 earthquake hit the northwest region of Ecuador and was followed by many aftershocks causing devastating damage. According to the IMF, rebuilding could take 2-3 years and cost billions of dollars.

On October 11, 2016 at 9 am  EDT, donations to Ecuador earthquake recovery projects will be matched 100% to support the immediate relief efforts! 

If you have programs that were impacted by the April 16th earthquake in Ecuador, be sure to post a project that is tagged as “disaster recovery” and mentions the Ecuador earthquake before October 7th to be included in this opportunity. The campaign will last until funds run out or until 23:59 p.m. EDT on April 30, 2017, whichever comes first. For more information, watch the campaign webinar recording here. You can find the full terms and conditions on the leaderboard here.

To date, GlobalGiving has provided $170,000 in funding to organizations through the Ecuador Earthquake Relief Fund.  With this funding, GlobalGiving partners have been able to provide psychosocial support to adults and children, safe areas for children to play, health kits, clean water, shelter, and more. Even though it has been six months since this devastating earthquake, organizations have let us know that support is still needed for rebuilding and recovery. GlobalGiving is committed to supporting our nonprofit partners invested in communities impacted by disasters, like the earthquake, and committed to long-lasting relief.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the GlobalGiving team at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.

 

2016 Fail Forward Contest

2016 Fail Forward Contest

Ashlee Cox is a current Program Team Fellow and author of this blog post. 

Bill Gates’ first company failed to sell any products, JK Rowling was initially rejected from twelve publishers, a young Amitabh Bachchan was turned down for a job at All India Radio, and staff from 2015 Fail Forward contest winner Sumando Manos Foundation spent four years attempting to find  a solution to malnutrition in a remote Argentinian village.

What do all these success stories have in common? When they failed, they failed forward.

Failure is a word that many of us shy away from, but failing forward is a practice that allows you to examine, share, and critically think about how you can build upon your failures to fuel future success for your organization. As the 2016 Fail Forward Contest approaches, we want to change the way failure is perceived and encourage you to share your Fail Forward stories!

Time for Year-End Fundraising!

Time for Year-End Fundraising!

It’s that time of year again – time to plan for year-end fundraising! This is a critical period for your organization to increase its donations as more than one third of donations in the US happens in the last six weeks of the year! We are here to make sure you make the most of this important time for fundraising.

Why is Year-End Fundraising important?

More than $7.8 million was donated through GlobalGiving in just 31 days last year! Why? December is the final month for donors to make tax-deductible donations for the year, and many corporations use charitable gift cards as a holiday gift to their employees. GlobalGiving has the most visitors to our site in the last quarter of the year, so it is a perfect time to attract new donors to give to your project!