To ensure the best use of donor funds, we carefully choose the organizations we support. There are many valuable programs addressing poverty and inequality around the world, and we select ones we are able to work with efficiently. To make sure our small funds can have the largest impact, we have developed the following set of criteria:
- Is the organization working in one of the poorest countries in the world or with one of the most underserved communities?
- Is the organization locally recognized as an NGO or as a US-based non-profit?
- Is the organization committed to the cause of poverty alleviation? Is there a strong and trustworthy leader for their staff?
- Is it possible to visit this organization? Are they open to visits and questions for the purposes of monitoring and evaluation? Are they secure in their location, both in the country’s stability and the land rights to the building/space they occupy?
- Does the organization’s proposed project help to lift people out of poverty or break the cycles of poverty that have affected this community?
- Is the project manageable? Does the organization have limited resources and support? If we did not help with this project, would their needs go unmet?
- Does the proposed project fall within the SMART development goals? (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound)
- Will the proposed project have an impact on a significant number of people?
- Does the proposed project fall within our means? If not, can we connect the organization to any other resources or funders?
Given this, we are not able to support every project proposal that comes our way. We do our best to evaluate all proposals and seriously consider those that fulfill all or most of our criteria. We must first perform a field visit and site evaluation before fully committing to support any organization.
Do you know of a project or organization in need of support? Submit a proposal or present your questions to us with our email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more on our work, see our brochure.