goal of philanthropy is to provide aid to those in need as effectively
and inexpensively as possible. With finite resources and
needs, understanding the need, developing strategies and creating
the best plan for the available resources are all vital to
accomplish one’s philanthropy This is especially true when
engaged in cross-border philanthropy. Cross-border
more complex issues than do domestic philanthropy; language barriers,
complex geo-politics, and cultural
differences are just some of the
problems that face donors. However, the opportunities for making
change internationally even with
modest contributions abound. With
so many daunting challenges and issues facing the world, it is imperative
that every dollar given
be maximized to provide the ultimate benefit.
In light of these enormous challenges and opportunities, how can
make sure that their contributions are carried
out in an accountable manner? Our philosophy and services provide
a framework of how
your organization can ensure that your international
philanthropy effort in Africa is maximized to achieve optimum results.
Framework and Approach
Accountability is the basis for effective philanthropy work in Africa.
What do we mean by accountability? Accountability means
following question “To whom is my organization responsible as
it makes grants or develops projects across borders?”
to this question should reflect a commitment to the following components.
These components that form our framework
and direct our approach should
serve as the cornerstone of embarking on any philanthropic mission
and are especially critical in
executing cross-border philanthropy.
Mission and Purpose
Formulating your vision, mission and goals in order to effectively distribute
funds to those who share your goals should serve as the
first step in any endeavor.
Taking the time to set and communicate strategic goals will allow the donor
and the receipent organizations
to more effectively collaborate towards a common
goal and it also provides individuals a sense of a higher purpose thus motivating
It is critical to establish a governance structure that will provide
oversight in all matters especially fiduciary. Establishing policies
standards to guide the implementation and day-to-day operations
to ensure financial resources are being efficiently employed.
Cross-Border philanthropy often succeeds and fails based on the partnerships
between the donor organization and the receipient
organization or individual.
Finding and establishing relationships with organizations and individuals with
ethical standards and the
competency needed to carry out the objectives of the
philanthropic endeavor is of vital importance.
It is necessary to provide a mechanism giving input and receiving feedback for
stakeholders. Often times, what we see and what those
on the ground see are two
different things. Therefore it is necessary to manage all stakeholders involved
in order to determine if the
goals of the mission are being met or if tactical
changes need to be made in the delivery model of the mission.
Implementation and Operations Management
Establishing policies and standards to guide the implementation and day-to-day
operations to ensure financial resources are being
efficiently employed. to assure
positive impact through your grant making and also effectively managing operations
respect to the people and communities affected by your interventions.