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Kofi Dzidzinyo

How to find serious donors to support local communities' development ?

Gestion de projet de développement

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  • December 25, 2012
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  • Cheri C.

    Cheri

    Cheri C.

    Founder & CEO of Partner Cafe-Bridging the Gap Across Sectors/Outreach & Eligibility Specialist at Neighborcare Health

    Become familiar with what is going on (planning) in your city and State. Find out what where you can build partnerships among several community organizations because together working as a team you will be able to connect to decision makers and those who are looking for bright ideas...networking is only as good as your use of the network...just knowing people can't help if you are not willing to ask for help..you'd be surprised how willing people are to supporting community development if you are able to show them how that effort is going to have a positive impact on a large segment of the community...talk to those who are there...bring in local representatives...see what is on the federal government website in terms of block grants and opportunities....serious donors are looking for serious projects that have long-term outcomes....they want to be inlcuded in the process and should be brought to the table....

    Recently I began a "Partner Cafe" built on the "Conversation Cafe Model" where a group of people come together and discuss what they have, what they want, what they need, what they can and cannot do, ask how, ask what and be able to have meaningful input...no overhead powerpoint presentations...but good old fashioned face to face conversations where they are able to be transparent and hear fresh ideas...build on what is already there...many times we feel we have to reinvent the wheel when all it needs is some fresh oil...see if the problem is in insufficient space, technical knowledge, staffing or outdated software being used....I have found that when the group of nonprofits sat down and began talking and asking for support, they found that what they needed had been there all the time only it was at the nonprofit around the corner..

    You should always build from the outside in as you create a firm foundation...look at the significance of what you are trying to accomplish by bringing in the community and "listening" to what they have to say...see who is willing to give you their time, who is willing to volunteer and build support and what and who is already in the area..perhaps joining forces could catapult you to where you want to go a little sooner because you have the benefit of building a relationship with an organization that is already established and in need of new ideas to address new issues affecting the community.

    We live in a wonderfully diverse and multicultural global community...build from that...start where you want to end up...no one can be everything to everybody...but as human beings we automatically share basic needs and I am sure we dream similar dreams so map out how you can bring solutions...I always say that if a nonprofit is really doing its job meeting a need, they should always be trying to work themselves out of a job..the emphasis must be on fixing the problem and moving on to the next challenge..never being satisfied to just maintain the status quo...

    Have a blessed day!

  • Kofi  Dzidzinyo A.

    Kofi Dzidzinyo

    Kofi Dzidzinyo A.

    Gestion de projet de développement

    Thanks for your answer. I am volunteer (missionary) and on way to manage a bible translation project and community development with Wycliffe in Togo. I have a plan to access the community and work with people by involving them in the project so that they can work easily if I am not with them. May be the project will begin very soon and I have prepare many things include the finance of the project. I will use what you share and thank to God, I have participated in some trainings that gave me that ability. But where can I find serious donors? Our project is very important and we are going to work with about 15000 people. I think the impact is very important. Who can support the work? I am togolese and is it easy to find people to support. Thanks.

    AKD

  • Cheri C.

    Cheri

    Cheri C.

    Founder & CEO of Partner Cafe-Bridging the Gap Across Sectors/Outreach & Eligibility Specialist at Neighborcare Health

    Send me as much information as you can. My church partners with a mission in Uganda and I know there are others who may actually be interested in partnering with you...there are also several places you can go online...I sent you one link http://foundationcenter.org...there is a lot of information on this site but it is worth you taking the time to go through it...it connects you with funders but more importantly it has teaching tools and information that you can use when forming your nonpofit, your board members, help with volunteers and major funders...but you are going to have to pray for patience and set aside some time to research this entire site. here is a link to top funders that is on the site http://foundationcenter.org/findfunders/topfunders/top100assets.html....but I cannot say it enough...please study the site so that you get the most out of it...let me know how else I can help and many blessings to you as God opens doors...pray for divine connections and partnerships...pray for the right people to cross your path...and pray for protection from seen and unseen enemies....

  • Cheri C.

    Cheri

    Cheri C.

    Founder & CEO of Partner Cafe-Bridging the Gap Across Sectors/Outreach & Eligibility Specialist at Neighborcare Health

    If you are working with wycleff jean...there should be little trouble
    raising money....because it is a religious endeavor you may come against
    some obstacles....but give me some time to sift through what you are
    doing...being more detailed helps....asking for money needs to have
    outcomes attached to it...what is it for...who will it serve...what will it
    do...what timeframe...can it become self- supporting....will it educate
    people....all of these things matter when you want someone to invest in
    your idea...project...mission..

  • Kofi  Dzidzinyo A.

    Kofi Dzidzinyo

    Kofi Dzidzinyo A.

    Gestion de projet de développement

    Thanks very much. I am preparing my January newsletter but I will prepare another document with the maximum of informations and send you very soon. I will search in the site. I am working with Wycliffe and you can have informations about Wycliffe Global Alliance on www.wycliffe.net but I am affiliated to Wycliffe Togo. Soon i will need your email to send you the informations. Thanks ! Happy new year !

  • Cheri C.

    Cheri

    Cheri C.

    Founder & CEO of Partner Cafe-Bridging the Gap Across Sectors/Outreach & Eligibility Specialist at Neighborcare Health

    You can also find me on linkedin a great source for networking without the trivia of facebook...my email address is cherid615@gmail.com...have agood rest of your day and I look forward to receiving the information.

  • Kofi  Dzidzinyo A.

    Kofi Dzidzinyo

    Kofi Dzidzinyo A.

    Gestion de projet de développement

    Thanks! Mine is agoudzatse.kofi@gmail.com.

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