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Apply for GE` DA’ (Cohort 3) An African Social Innovators Bootcamp

CALL FOR APPLICATION

The application for the 2022 African Social Innovators Boot camp is officially open.  

Apply HERE

Join leading changemakers from Africa at our rejuvenated boot camp now called GE` DA which means ‘Together Build’.

GE` DA’  is a 3 months intensive professional leadership development program that offers you a unique opportunity to learn how to improve your community by acquiring new skills and accessing funds to solve issues related to sustainable development goals.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

GE` DA’ is a 3 months intensive professional leadership development program for sector leaders working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to sustainable development goals. It is for those who desire to understand how to play in the development sector and want to deep dive into how to build a sustainable social impact organization.

Participants are selected from diverse sectors in development from different countries in Africa and encouraged to lead change boldly. Last year, over 237 applications were received and 45 people were selected to participate.

This year we will be welcoming 100 more. Will you join us?

WHAT NEXT

In this program, we are committed to empowering participants through an immersive learning experience, fostering more collaborations and co-creation while learning from sector experts, peers, and leading development organizations.

After the 12weeks of training, participants will pitch and get funded.

For partnerships & sponsorship, please send an email to partner@donorsforafricafoundation.org or call 09021851964

PROGRAM THEMES

Course modules will cover;

  • Professional Development Training
  • Social Innovation Techniques
  • Resource Mobilization
  • Starting & Scaling
  • A systems approach to solving problems
  • Impact Assessment / Monitoring & Evaluation
  • Resilience & Leadership
  • Talent Management
  • Hybrid Meetings
  • Virtual Mentoring Engagements
  • Group Peer-Peer Sessions
  • Professional Networking Interactions
  • Alumni Engagements and much more

BENEFITS

  • Virtual / Onsite Training
  • Capacity Building Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Professional Development
  • Personal Support from a dedicated in-country manager
  • Post-fellowship support
  • Recognized professional certification in Social Enterprise Management
  • Funding Opportunity
  • Exclusive Invitation to topical growth webinars
  • Remain a valued member of the network for future events and   ongoing activities

OTHER BENEFITS

  • Build professional credibility with this one of a kind, immersive experience
  • Life Skilling – getting comfortable with being uncomfortable
  • Exposure to invaluable professional networks and alumni network opportunities
  • A global family for life!

TRAINING BENEFITS

  • Group Workshops
  • Expert Sessions
  • Cash Prizes
  • Media Exposure
  • Credibility
  • Project/ Funding Referrals
  • Growth Network for Life

APPLICATION RESOURCES AND TIMELINE

  • Applications Open October 1st,  2021
  • Deadline – October 30th, 2021
  • GE’DA’  Start Date – January 2022
  • GE’DA’ End Date  – April 2022
  • GE’DA’ Pitch Competition (2.0) – May 2022

ELIGIBILITY

In order to be considered for this fellowship, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be the founder or hold an executive position within an organization
  • Be available to commit to attending all sessions
  • Applicants must be 21 – 45 years. Younger applicants are welcome if they have a strong application
  • Ability to attend the launch and graduation event
  • Applicant and social enterprise organizations are interested and ready to scale the organization
  • Must be creating positive, direct, and intended impact aligned to one or more of the SDG’s or AU Agenda 2063 / have a strong desire to
  • Make full payment of fee if accepted. Scholarships may be available
  • All applicants will be notified of their selection status by November -December 2021

Apply Here

Statistics

In 2020

  • 232 Applications were Received
  • 45 Social Innovators Selected
  • 10 Finalists
  • 1 WinnerApplication InstructionsPlease note that this program is merit-driven, if you are selected and do not follow through with all program requests, you may not receive your certificate from all local and international partners. Please contact partner@donorsforafricafoundation.org for more.
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5 Elements of a Winning Grant Proposal

Have you accessed a grant before?

Well, if your nonprofit organization hasn’t received or applied for any then you should. I tell most nonprofits that the best way to learn how to apply for a grant is to actually apply for one and this is why.

Applying for grants will improve your technique and expand your ability to write a competitive document. Remember, you are not the only one competing for that money. There are many other organizations like yours with real problems they intend to address and are interested in the same money, hence you MUST bring your A GAME!

Below are a few tricks and tips you must consider when preparing for your next application and we will be expanding on this at our upcoming working webinar themed ‘Get Ahead’. Do check it out.

1.Understand the amount of work that goes into the writing process

Grant writing takes time and the first key towards writing a winning grant is to pay attention to the amount of dedication and hard work needed in drafting a convincing proposal. The same effort paid in finding the right opportunity should be the same level of precision required in grant writing.

2. You must be meticulously thorough and address all the grantor’s requirements.

Often, the problem with an ineffective grant proposal isn’t the quality of the writing, the reputation of the requesting organization, or the worthiness of its stakeholders and community. Instead, what often diminishes a proposal’s effectiveness is a failure to thoroughly address the expectations of the grantor.

It is VERY important that you review the grantor’s requirements and ensure your organization meets them.

3. Establish how your organization is specially equipped to meet the community and the funder’s needs

Never assume that your potential funder will be familiar with your organization’s mission, the scope of activities, populations served, and unique programs. Whether you do a concise (very concise!) “about us” section at the beginning of the proposal, or whether you decide to weave specific information about your organization throughout the proposal, your brand and your value must come through. How?

 

4. Keeping your data and resources for the grant application well-ordered and easily accessible

Do you have a checklist of all that is required to be submitted for the varied applications you are putting forward? Do you know all that is required? Are they easily accessible?

5. Ensure you are thoroughly vetted and reviewed before submission.

You should treat your grant proposal as you would any important document. Just as you would your annual report, letters to donors, or any other communication that leaves your organization and lands on another’s desk, establish an editorial review process.

Grant writing isn’t like other types of business writing. It has its own language and “rules.” Have someone – or many people – work with you during the production of your proposal to ensure that the final product is as near-flawless as possible.

Download apps that allow ease of this process and our program  Get Ahead will  share several platforms and apps you can ap

If you have questions or inquiries, please feel free to email us at donorsforafrica@gmail.com  

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8 Donor Retention Action Strategies + Practical Tips

 

The fiscal year end for many donors and corporate organizations, is in June/July?

What does this mean for you and your nonprofit? and how do you ensure you attract and don’t lose any of your new and existing donors? (Learn How to fund your Nonprofit Here)

How do you tie up every loose end so you don’t leave money on the table?. (This will be discussed in details at the upcoming FREE Webinar. Register Here)

For many nonprofits, long-term sustainability and donor retention is important  and although most donors are well-intentioned, they may just be too busy to consistently fund your organization.

What strategies can you implement to retain and access new ones?

Create a List

You need to first understand your current realities. Who funded you last year? This could be friends or families, companies or grants accessed etc. Do you have an existing database? If you do, then contact them to find out why they did not give to you this year and what you can do better. There is an art to asking and we will touch on this in our upcoming webinar.

Contact Your Most Consistent Donors or Partners

Now you have a list, begin to contact those who gave consistently. I know it may be difficult to engage past sponsors, so here is something that may help; do a live role play with your team or volunteers, develop a script and practice so people feel more comfortable and ask  expected questions afterwards. Don’t forget to send a heartwarming letter  or an inspirational quote to leave  people feeling inspired.

Send a We-Miss-You message:

This can be sent to people you called but didn’t reach. Remember in our How to Fund Your Nonprofit Class, we spoke about ”having an abundance mindset”. So assume in your tone and language your donor simply has forgotten or has just not got around to it due to the busyness of daily life.

Send specific email blasts targeting your donors:

Now if you don’t have an email listing and regular newsletters, this may be foreign to you. It is important that you make this message about your donor. So a tip would be to simply write “Did you forget you made this possible?”  Then you insert success stories from your community.

Call donors who promised to pay but are yet to:

In our Inner Circle ( you can still join us here), I shared a story about how a fortune 500 company in the UK, consistently followed on a $10 service /product someone was interested in. If a firm as big as that could be persistent, what are you worried about? You are worried about sounding pushy? Ok na!

Send out progress reports:

This is pretty clear and I will expatiate on the impact and success stories recorded simply from practicing this. Remember to register. It’s FREE

Build stronger bonds:

Relationship building in the nonprofit sector is an art. It takes skill and consistency. Who is on your target list? Do you know what a target list  is and how to work it? Our Inner Circle members recorded mind blowing testimonials simply by implementing a relationship management strategy. So can you.

Do you have a Donor Acquisition and Management Strategy?

For those who may not be joining the Inner Circle, consider participating in our upcoming training called Get Ahead where this will be discussed in details! Please see information below-you can register your interest. Thank you all so much for reading . For inquiries, please send an email to donorsforafrica@gmail.com.

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Meet our Top 10 Finalists for the SIBC Pitch Competition

Congratulations to our top ten finalists who made it to the Social Innovators Bootcamp Final Stage Competition.

This process was rigorous, detailed, and grueling but we are glad to announce that every one of you is a winner and deserves an accolade.

Also, we appreciate all our judges who made this possible.

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Meet our 28 Social Innovators who made it to the next stage!

The Social Innovators Bootcamp started this year in January with selected innovators from around Africa who received immersive training and coaching for three months from different experts around the world.

Now, we are excited to announce our 28 innovators who are set to receive the grand prize.
We are blown away at your outstanding commitment and dedication to the program and we celebrate your efforts in pursuing your dreams.

We look forward to celebrating the next phase of your journey.

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Revenue Ideas For Your Nonprofit

Donors for Afric

 

For all non-profit organizations, there is a need to come up with innovative ways of raising revenue every year since you require the financial resources to fulfill your mission. As you read through the ideas provided, please remember one clause; these revenue sources as they are correctly called MUST align with your organization’s mission.

They are usually classified as related income in your accounting book and you need it to fuel your mission before the grants come.

You need it to deepen your impact and sadly, If you don’t get earned income soon, you will be left behind.

So, here are some ideas;

  1. Fees for Service

Did you know that 48% of funds raised by nonprofits come from fees for service? How?

Facilitate training, leverage what you know. Sell information to a school-one they would need. Plan conferences and training programs. Push past your fears and be creative.

I have been asked quite often, what happens when I receive a commission for referring people or businesses to purchase a product and I get a commission, can I accept it?

Yes, you can. However, you must advise the organization or individual paying you to note it as ‘referral donation’ rather than use the word commission.

  1. Corporate Sponsorships

Corporate sponsorships remain a crucial part of our income generation funnel. It is when a company commits money or resources to a nonprofit event or program in exchange for specific promotional benefits and many businesses striving to balance profit with purpose through sponsorship, get to achieve that.

Your responsibility is to show them the value of working or collaborating with your organization to solve a social problem. The question is after varied attempts, how do you write a winning proposal or engage the right strategy to continue to access these funds?  Do check out several DFA programs that teach the how.

  1. Grants

Most nonprofit organizations get funding through diverse grant programs. Although a longer strategy that takes time, it does help fund your activities especially if your cause is genuine.

So how do you access grants? First, be clear about what types of grants you need and then the duration. How long are you willing to wait. Find the right opportunity and then put forward a strong application. As much as I would love to say ‘that’s it, the truth is you have absolutely no control over grants this is why I encourage you to learn how to write winning grants.

Briefly, nonprofit organizations require funding sources in order to run their day-to-day operations. The contributions made act as the organization’s revenue and must be reported financially.

This is why you should REGISTER FOR OUR COURSE  HERE so we can share more ideas and tell you what you need to know.

We value your comments! Feel free to ask questions, suggestions or leave feedback.

Contact Us: Donorsforafrica@gmail.com

 

 

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Chidi Koldsweat, Founder, Donors for Africa Foundation featured on NBC, CBS & FOX News

In a recent interview with NBC, CBS, and FOX, our founder Chidi Koldsweat shared the key solution in getting many Africans out of poverty.

At Donors For Africa our work is centered around breaking cycles of poverty. We amplify the work of Donors and help them scale up their impact ensuring their solutions reach more people.

We work with the private sector to design CSR activities that align with the UN Global Compact Goals.

This interview centers on the importance of technical expertise in accelerating the SDGs and getting millions of Africans out of poverty. More nonprofits need to collaborate, merge projects and campaigns, and focus on the biggest rewards – IMPACT!

We are working closely with many Donors to show them how with current funds they can drastically scale up their work much more than they currently have.

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So You Want to Do Good?

So You Want To Do Good?

This program is a two days training which runs once every year. The program answers all the questions about starting and launching your nonprofit organization from scratch to finish. It covers ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW.

It is a program that teaches nonprofit leaders how to tackle the challenges they face in their organizations when they start and provides them clarity on how to solve these problems. The courses taught are specially designed for nonprofit organizations to scale up and thrive.

The training entails the following but not limited to:

  • How to Craft a Nonprofit Strategy⁣
  • How to clarify your mission and vision statement and identify what has impeded your growth.⁣
  • How to Master your Financials
  • How to design a Fundable Program⁣
  • Monitoring & Evaluation⁣
  • Board Identification, Selection, and Engagement⁣
  • Designing an Effective Volunteer Programs.⁣
  • Increasing your Visibility
  • Structuring for Effective Leadership
  • (Funding Prerequisite)
  • Legal Expectation (Tax / the Nigerian law),
  • Organizational Management
  • Resource Mobilization
  • How to Effectively Design, Monitor, and Evaluate your Programs
  • What do Funders lookout For?
  • Basic Introduction to Grant Writing
  • Building your Profile in Development & Accessing
  • International Opportunities & Fellowship.
  • And many more!⁣

As a bonus, all participants will receive⁣ the following:

  • Marketing Templates
  • Presentation/Slides⁣
  • Recordings⁣
  • Other useful templates and engaging resources.⁣

At the end of the two days of training, a  certificate is awarded to all participants.

Interested in joining this program? CLICK HERE  to join the waiting list and be the first to know once it opens.

Follow Donors For Africa Foundation on all social media platforms to get the latest information for available training applications and opportunities.

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2020 End of the Year Checklist For Your Nonprofit

 

The end of 2020 is in sight and your nonprofit should focus on finishing year-end responsibilities.

Are you not quite sure what it entails? No problem. 

Read below the important year-end checklist to make sure you do not miss any important end-of-the-year details.

1. Get your finances in check: 

It is time to look at your inflow and outflow. Where did the bulk of your income generation come from and where did the bulk of your expenses go? What do you need to cut low on next year and where do you need to focus more attention on. Did you file your year-end annual returns? Have you paid your tax and that of your employee where necessary? Did you have a grant budget and what were the success rates?

 

2. Board Leadership: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

An organization is only as good as the leaders who head the mission. It’s time to evaluate the board of directors, Executive committee members, and any other team in 2020.  If you are unhappy with the performance of any of your board or team members then now is the time to voice your concerns. Keep in mind during evaluations that you must act in the best interest of your nonprofit and its mission. Also, if anybody is retiring or resigning, you should be in the process of looking for the right candidate for the position.

 

3. Make an Annual Report

If you did not create a mid-year report, well sorry! If you have not been thinking about an annual report, the time is now. We cannot overemphasize the importance of an annual report. You will need it for several opportunities along the line so do NOT overrate the importance.  One of the most important parts of your annual report is the description of your accomplishments. I really hope you kept a detailed list this year, as you will need it.

 

You will need to make a list of all your implemented successful programs, donors, and a section on where your revenue has come from and been spent. Use graphs to make your report look more organized and to break down the information for readers. Pictures, videos are also a great tool to tell better stories.

 

If you are a procrastinator, the process of compiling an annual report will be difficult. As you can see, the amount of information necessary for a report is substantial but I encourage you to start. Do not forget to mention future collaborations and partnerships your organization is looking to explore and who can be contacted to discuss these opportunities. An annual report is also a strong marketing tool. Just as an addition, it is important to also explore other formats that your annual report can be disseminated in and find what bests represent your brand.

 

4. Your Nonprofit Strategy for 2021:

Now is the BEST time to get started. Do not wait for 2021 to come up with a plan. Strategizing for the new year is the best way to hit the ground running without waiting. You are clear about who you need and what you must do to get on their radar. Schedule your nonprofit strategy session today.

If you are interested in a group high-level executive session for nonprofit founders and executives, send an email to chidi@donorsforafricafoundation.org and we will be in touch.

This slot is open for 20 nonprofit founders only.

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