Empowering nonprofits

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This is the project summary about the U.S. State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund which I won in 2012. The project was about capacity development of environmental NGOs across India. The project team included 10 Fulbright fellows, together they trained 153 professionals from 92 NGOs across the country. The project concluded in 2012.


<ul><li> 1. Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi Winner of U.S. State Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund-2012 Hubert Humphrey Fellow 2009-10 FNELP, 2003-04 </li></ul> <p> 2. BNHS an excellent case study I- the insider I- the victim of mismanagement I the spectator who saw the world pass by BNHS I- want to be the change I wish to see Hubert Humphrey Fellowship made the change possible. 3. USP Environmental nonprofits being the target group Nonprofit trainer A team of Fulbrighters Year long engagement Mentoring phase Collaborations within nonprofits Local collaborators WORKSHOP TOPICS Knowing about own organization Understanding Organizational leadership Building teams Writing grants Managing projects Marketing services Volunteer development Fund raising 4. 8 Workshops Across India 153 Nonprofit Professionals from 98 Nonprofits were trained 13 assignments for mentoring phase Follow up workshop at end of the project 5. Day 1 8.30 a.m. Registration 9.00 a.m. Introduction to AEIF Project 9.15 a.m. Inauguration of the Workshop by Chief Guest 9.35 a.m. How to use Workshop Manual? 9.45 a.m. Ice breakers and self introduction (tea will be served) Module 1: Understanding Yourself and Your Organization 10.30 a.m. Brainstorming on challenges for NGOs (Internal &amp; External) 11.00 a.m. Discussion on resolving challenges 12.00 noon Worksheet on SWOT and PEST Analysis of Organization 12.30 p.m. Discussion on SWOT and PEST 1.00 p.m. Lunch Module 2: Leadership 1.30 -3.30 p.m. Leadership Shadow Exercise, Leader Vs Manager, Situational Leadership, Leadership styles Module 3: Team Building 3.30 p.m -5.30 p.m. Team Building Dynamics Critical Elements of a team Gaining respect and building Trust and Confidence 6.00 p.m. Conclusion and end of the day 6. Day 2 9.00 a.m. Recap of Day 1 and Introduction to Day 2 Module 4: Essentials of Grant Writing 9.30 a.m. Discussion on challenges of grant writing 10.00 a.m. Quiz on Grant Writing 10.45 a.m.. Group Activity on Analysis of Sample Proposals 11.15 a.m. Group Discussion on Sample Proposals 11.45 a.m. Group Activity: Develop grant template for respective organizations 12.15 p.m. Group Presentation on project templates 1.00 p.m. Lunch break Module 5: Public Relations and Networking 1.30 p.m. Experience sharing on Public Relations 2.00 p.m. Presentation on Public Relations for NGOs 3.00 p.m. Media Persons Panel talk 4.00 p.m. Tea break and group discussion with panel 4.30 p.m. Worksheet on Networking map 5.00 p.m. Group Activity: Develop your PR and networking strategy 5.30 Group Presentations Module 6: Managing Projects 6.00 p.m. Brainstorming on challenges for Project Management 6.30 p.m. Overview on best practices of project management 7. 00 p.m. Demonstration of Project Management Tools 7.30 p.m. Wrap up for the day 7. Day 3 9.00 a.m. Recap and Introduction to the day Module 7: Marketing of Products and Services 9.30 a.m. Brainstorming on Challenges of Marketing 10.00 a.m. Listing of products/services, Understanding Revenue Generation Model 10.45 a.m. Development of Marketing Plan 11.45 a.m. Group Presentation Module 8: Volunteer Force Development 12.30 p.m. Experience sharing on Volunteers 1.00 p.m. Essentials of Volunteer Programme 1.30 p.m. Lunch Module 9: Art of Fundraising 2.00 p.m. Brainstorming on fund raising challenges 2.30 p.m. Presentation on Art of Fund Raising 3.30 p.m. Design Fundraising Calendar for respective organizations 4.00 p.m Group presentation on fundraising calendar 4.30 p.m. Match-Making of Resources for Networking 5.00 p.m. Follow up Action Plan (Mentoring Phase) 5.30 p.m. Feedback and Wrap Up 8. Workshop Participation: 70%ofrespondentsmentionedthattheyenrolled fortheprogrammetoenhanceorganizational developmental 17%optedforprofessionaldevelopment. 48%ofrespondentswerefirsttimersforsuch managementtrainingprogrammes. Postworkshop43%ofrespondentsexperienced enhancementintheirskilland 9. MODULES ASSIGNMENTS KnowyourOrganization SWOT Analysis of your NGO Core Competence Analysis of your NGO PEST Analysis of your NGO GrantWriting DevelopingFirstDraftofGrantproposal DevelopingSecondDraftofGrantproposal CompletingFinalGrantproposal SubmissionofGrantproposaltoafundingagency ManagingProjects UsageofProjectManagementToolsinprojectmanagement PublicRelationsandNetworking DevelopingSampleofPressrelease DevelopaPRStrategy ImplementationofPRStrategy FinalizationonNetworkingCommitmentsfrommanagement EstablishingNetworksforyourNGO ActivecollaborationforProjects/Programmmes 10. MODULES ASSIGNMENTS Leadership LeadershipPracticesInventory-ObserverSurvey DesigningofStaffTrainingWorkshop TeamManagement TeameffectivenessSurvey TeamBuidlingExercises VolunteerForceDevelopment DevelopingVolunteerTrainingProgramme(VTP) AnnouncementofVTP ConductingVTP RecruitmentofVolunteers MarketingManagement DevelopingMarketingPlan DevelopMarketingLiterature Leadership LeadershipPracticesInventory-ObserverSurvey DesigningofStaffTrainingWorkshop TeamManagement TeameffectivenessSurvey TeamBuildingExercises 11. MODULES ASSIGNMENTS Fund-raising FinalizationofFund-raisingCalendar Initiatingfirstfund-raisingevent DevelopmentofOrganizationCaseFile DevelopmentofCaseofSupport Developinglistofpotentialdonors/fundingagencies SubmittingLetterofIntent MASTERTRAINERSINITIATIVES ConductingStafftrainingworkshopsbyparticipants 12. Mentoring Phase: 57%ofrespondentsagreedthattheassignments wereinlinewiththeprogrammeobjectives. 43%ofrespondentswereabletocomplete25%of theirassignments 17%submitted50%oftheassignments only4%wereabletocompleteallassignments. Intermsofsatisfactionwiththementoringphase, 41%respondentsrateditasverygood,27%rated goodand18%ratedasexcellent. 13. Assessment of the Overall Programme: 48%-55%respondentsratedtheonline assignmentsandworkshopexperienceandas veryeffective 60%respondentsratedtheguidancefrom faculty,interactivitywithfacultyand workshopmanualaseffective 75%foundchatsessionsneutralorleast effective. 14. STRENGTHS 45%respondentsfoundthe programmecontentinlinewith NGOsectorneeds, 20%feltitwasagood opportunityforprofessional developmentofNGO professionals, 20%foundthefacultyvery effective 15%believedthatthe programmeprovided networkingplatform. WEAKNESS 58%respondentsfeltthatthetime durationoftheworkshopwasshort andthattheydonothavesufficient timetosubmittheirassignments. 26%respondentsfoundthelearning tobeofadvancelevelwhichthey wereunabletocopeup. Asmallpercentagefeltthatthe assignmentsneedscustomization thefacultytoincreasenetworking amongtheparticipants. 15. 9-10August2013,Mumbai AGENDA Presentation by Participants on their work Display of Assignment Manuals Developing Best Practices for Nonprofits Establishing collaborative contacts Speculations on eNGOsIndia operations post project. 16. 39%ofrespondentsagreedthatthe programmehadasmallyetoverallimpacton themaswellasontheirorganization 31%agreedtotakeupgrantwritingseriously 16%agreedtodeveloptheirteams, fundraisingplansandimprovedtheir programmemanagement 14%respondentsdidnotapplythe programmelessonstotheirworksandthus foundnoimpactontheirwork. 17. Oneparticipantreceivedavehicledonation afterusingthenetworkingmapmethod shownintheworkshop 3organizationsdevelopedtheirwebsitesand socialmediaconnections 5participantswrotesuccessfulgrants 1organizationinitiatedstafftraining programmes 15organizationsdevelopedtheirmarketing plans 18. Duetolackoffundsthefollowupworkshop wasnot,howeverthementoringphasewas completedandcertificateswereissuedthe partcipants. Postclosurethe engosindianetwork@googlegroupsand Facebookpagehasbeenkeptactiveby frequentsharingonfundingandcollaboration news. 19. ACKNOWLDEGEMENTS U.S.STATEALUMNIINNOVATIONENAGEMENTFUND PROJECTTEAM PROJECTPARTNERS BNHS </p>