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Learning to Measure Success – Guest Post from MindLeaps

Learning to Measure Success – Guest Post from MindLeaps

MindLeaps has witnessed many success stories in our years of working with vulnerable youth in Rwanda. Students have entered our program with poor behavior, low self-esteem, and an inability to focus. Just six months later they seem like totally different children. They are confident, eager to learn, and have minimal behavioral issues. While qualitatively recognizing the change that has taken place in our students’ lives is important, this alone is not enough.

Evaluating students’ progress:

One of the critical elements of MindLeaps’ methodology that makes our work successful is our monitoring and evaluation system. Each dance class taught at MindLeaps is taught from a highly structured curriculum that strategically targets two cognitive skills: memorization and language. It also targets five non-cognitive skills: teamwork, self-esteem, discipline, creativity & self-expression, and grit (commitment).

10 Tips for Accelerator Participants!

10 Tips for Accelerator Participants!

Creamos is a new partner of GlobalGiving having just finished the September Accelerator program. Creamos aims to improve women’s lives in Guatemala through various income-generating and welfare initiatives that foster self-esteem, physical health and financial independence. They raised the most money in the Accelerator campaign and they have shared the following insights with us. 

Here in Creamos we are a small team of five. Before the accelerator program, none of us had any experience in crowd funding. We had so many questions entering the campaign – Where do we start? How are we going to ask people for money? How are we going to balance the campaign with our actual work?

How to Write a Successful Microproject

How to Write a Successful Microproject

Marc Serna is a current GlobalGiving Ambassador for Cameroon. Our amazing Ambassadors are individuals working on our nonprofit partners’ teams that apply to represent GlobalGiving in their respective countries for a year. They foster and grow their nonprofit community through activities such as hosting workshops, meet-ups of local GlobalGiving partners, and conducting visits. Marc shared the following insights with us. 

In late 2014, Reach Out Cameroon gave our first try of the microproject tool. We wanted to pay for the special education of a little child, Thelma, the daughter of one of the young entrepreneurs whom we support. Thelma happens to be deaf and her education was too expensive for her mother. Today she is on her second year, and Reach Out has written and funded more than 10 microprojects. We want to share what we learned while doing it.

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’’.

Thanks for Your Feedback!

Thanks for Your Feedback!

Here at GlobalGiving, we strive to Listen to, Act on and Learn from your feedback.  So we are very grateful for the 750+ responses we received for the Project Leader Quarterly Survey this May!  This survey has given us important insights into what you think of GlobalGiving and how we can better support the wonderful work that you do.

One of the questions we asked is what kind of improvements to the website would you like to see.  Thirty-three percent of you said creating project appeal templates to email donors outside of project reports is your top priority, while 20 percent of you would also like to be able to embed videos in project reports.  We hear you!  We will be working with our team to implement these features so you can better communicate with donors and show them the importance and impact of their support.

We also asked what training topics would be most beneficial for your organization.  Eighty-three percent selected “Reaching potential donors on GlobalGiving or on social media,” while over 50 percent of respondents would like trainings in managing donor relationships and communicating with existing donors.  It is clear that donor recruitment, management and retention are topics that you are interested in!  We will be sure to put together more trainings on donor relationships in the future.