July 21, 2022

Knowledge Letter - June/July 2022 - Community-Driven Change; Funding the True Costs of NGOs

Community-Driven Change; Funding the True Costs of NGOs

Building trust and shifting practices to support lasting change
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June/July 2022
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Knowledge Letter
Strategies for Social Impact

Powered by the People: Community-Driven Change in Urban Informal Settlements

By Pritha Venkatachalam, Jan Schwier, Keshav Kanoria, Erica Lezama, Amrutha Datla, and Bill Breen

There is a growing recognition across the social sector that community-driven change increases the odds of achieving lasting impact. How can NGOs and funders begin to lean into this approach? Read about how four NGOs working in urban informal settlements in India and Africa approach the work. The mindsets and pathways they have adopted serve as inspiration for funders and NGOs to develop their own community-led approaches.
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New research: Bridging the Gap on Funding the True Costs of NGOs in India

By Pritha Venkatachalam, Donald Yeh, Shashank Rastogi, Anushka Siddiqui, Kanika Gupta, Lahari Shekar, and Roger Thompson

There’s a gap between funders’ perspectives on how much they support indirect costs (“overhead”) and organizational development, and NGOs’ perspectives on just how much funders are willing to support both. Improved communication between funders and NGOs would help to build trust and shift entrenched attitudes and practices. This research along with our assessment guide and tips can support NGOs and funders in this important work.

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Assessment Guide:

How to Build an Organizational Development Plan Toolkit

This toolkit helps funders and NGOs to address the challenges they face in assessing organizational development needs. It was developed in partnership with five leading Indian intermediary organizations: Dasra, the Dhwani Foundation, Samhita Social Ventures, Sattva, and toolbox INDIA Foundation. All have extensive experience advising NGOs on their organizational development needs.

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Launch event: Pathways to Greater Social Mobility for India's Dalit and Adivasi Communities

July 28, 2022 at 4:30pm IST

We are excited to invite you to the launch of Bridgespan’s upcoming report focusing on social mobility for the Dalit and Adivasi communities in India.

At this event, we will share our report findings, discuss the challenges faced by the members of these communities, and look at how funders and NGOs can tailor their efforts to address systemic discrimination.

Speakers include: Bridgespan hosts Riti Mohapatra and Rishabh Tomar; Dr. Anand Bang, joint director at SEARCH and advisor at Tata Trusts; Beena Pallical, general secretary at National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights; Paul Divakar Namala, convenor at Global Forum of Communities Discriminated on Work and Descent; Virginius Xaxa, visiting professor at the Institute for Human Development.

Sign up now to join us. We hope to see you there!

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