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Evaluating our Youth Philanthropy Program

Evaluating our Youth Philanthropy Program

The Center for Arab American Philanthropy is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

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Since its inception, our Teen Grantmaking Initiative (TGI) has focused on empowering high school youth to become leaders in their community. This year we implemented a new curriculum in partnership with YouthRoots, a youth development organization based in Colorado. With the new curriculum came a shift in our programming, which saw us focus more on the development of youth as strong individuals. We invested in their personal strengths and passions and used philanthropy as a tool to aid in the process.

How a Village in India Taught their Local Government to Listen

How a Village in India Taught their Local Government to Listen

Sarathi Development Foundation is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. They recently shared these insights with us.

Jamalpur is a small village of 70 families in Uttar Pradesh, India. No one there has a toilet. This is the story of their year-long struggle to get more resources from the government. It is a good illustration of the power of persistence and the role that a NGO can play in facilitating feedback loops.

Their village was not invited to be part of the annual government planning process in 2015, and so they were offered anything they wanted. The women self-help group there worked with our trained volunteers on a community goal. In August of 2015 they decided to put toilets in every house and eliminate open defecation.

The women and our volunteers visited government authorities and put their request in writing. Why should they be denied assistance, just because their village was overlooked by the government planners?

Government authorities were impressed with their collective request. They assured them the government would do something.

One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

Accountability Lab is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

In April of 2015, twin earthquakes in Nepal killed over 8,000 people and displaced almost 3 million more. Accountability Lab and Local Interventions Group mobilized our youth networks into what we called Mobile Citizen Helpdesks. These helpdesks of 5 to 10 volunteers worked with communities across the 14 worst affected districts to gather immediate feedback from victims on the relief efforts, and close the loop on the disaster response.

CACE: When the people you serve start wanting something else

CACE: When the people you serve start wanting something else

Center for Amazon Community Ecology (CACE) is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

Angelina family artisans 450 pxWe promote conservation and sustainable livelihoods by building stronger communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The Fund allowed us to ask local artisans we work with in the Ampiyacu about their economic realities and dreams. How does making more crafts help them achieve their goals?

In 2015, we sent Peruvian videographer Tulio Davila to talk with 18 artisans over two weeks. He asked about:

  • sources of family income
  • expenses
  • assets
  • education
  • personal and family goals
  • handicraft production

What we learned:

Income range, dependency

We have a better sense of the upper and lower range of income in the village and how important selling crafts is to many families. CACE appears to be the major craft buyer from some artisans but a minor one for others.

Our goals reflect their goals

We had assumed artisans wanted to sell more. We asked them to describe their goals for one year and five years and set personal craft production targets. They showed us how many more crafts our organizations would need to sell if artisans met their goals.

Sarathi: Connecting local needs with local government

Sarathi: Connecting local needs with local government

Sarathi Development Organization is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. This is a summary of how they close the feedback loop between local people and local governments.

This organization gathers information about what local people need and facilitates its flow from village level to the government in Uttar Pradesh, India. Sarathi begins by mapping out shared community goals over 5 days.

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