The third-party impact evaluation study on the empowering grassroots reveals the following information about trainee organizations
Have dedicated fundraising teams
Increased their LFR activities over the years
Organisation published their annual reports
Organisation expanded their donor base
Leverage funding from individual donors
All the organisations improved their governance process and strengthened their organisational functions.
Stories of Changemakers
Baikunthapur Tarun Sangha (BTS) a grassroots NGO based in West Bengal working for the riverine coastal areas of Sunderban in areas of education, WASH, Livelihoods, Healthcare and Bio farming. They were facing the challenge of dwindling support from foreign donors post the 2009 financial crisis. The team from BTS attended various workshops on Local Fundraising and got acquainted with multifaceted ideas to strategize their fund-raising avenues and techniques. The training improved their sense of dignity in raising funds and helped them understand the power of proper documentation and organisational process setting. The BTS team has since improved their relationship with external stakeholders and surrounding community. They have increased their donor base, including corporate donors, despite being almost 100 km away from Kolkata City.
Baikunthapur Tarun Sangha (BTS)
Kankura Masat Social Welfare Society is located in South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal, among the country’s 250 most backward districts (out of a total of 640) according to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj in 2006. They were facing several challenges related to organisational growth with limited number of donors most of which were individual donors and coupled with limited documentation skills. After successfully completing the Local Fundraising workshops, KMSWS team has improved their fundraising skills considerably. At present they organise around 6 fundraising events every year. They conduct small fund-raising events as well in the form of rallies, drawing competitions etc. They have also received in-kind donations from corporates like Snapdeal in the form of books and stationery.
Kankura Masat Social Welfare Society (KMSWS)
Shiksha is based in Gurgaon, it has the goal of providing education to underprivileged children through free education centres, targeting students from 4 years to 16 years. They were concerned about the continuity of their work when they lost support from a major corporate partner due to shift in the partner’s focus. The training programme on Mobilising Support helped them in communicating their impact to stakeholders better. They learnt the art of influencing decision makers (donors, media and governments) which helped them in influencing policies and actions at local level. Today they enjoy good local stakeholder connections and become stable in their operations.
Zenith Education and Welfare Trust is located in Malwani, Mumbai, it runs an English medium school for poor children. They were struggling with raising funds and resources to manage the school. The training programme and workshop on Local Fundraising and Leadership helped them in improving the management skills of the team and improve fund management processes. Their internal belief in their fundraising abilities increased as they learnt new ways to raise funds, design fundraising events and increase donor acceptance. Over the years, they have also been able to improve their engagement with external stakeholders by leveraging collaborations with 11 nearby schools to pool resources.
Zenith Education and Welfare Trust
Those who want to bring in any change, need to understand that credibility is important at all levels. Be it in approach, behaviour, intent or action. Only then one will be able to mobilize support. The learning from CtGA remains relevant today as well as tomorrow.
Kalappa Lakshmaiah, BMV Trust, Bangalore
Programme like Mobilising Support gave us the right direction to scale up our initiatives and effectively channelize our energies for creating change & impact. Instilled professionalism in pursuing our passion with a purpose.
Janki Vasant, Founder Samvedana, Ahmedabad
My journey was personally great. I felt like my ideas were validated and encouraged a lot. I could discuss my challenges which was a huge weight off and I used to get really good advice. As far as the activities are concerned, CtGA helped me plan them more efficiently.
Aaina Lohia, Chapter Leader, CtGA Youth Program