The goal of philanthropy is to provide aid to those in need as effectively and inexpensively as possible. With finite resources and
growing needs, understanding the need, developing strategies and creating the best plan for the available resources are all vital to
most effectively accomplish one’s philanthropy This is especially true when engaged in cross-border philanthropy. Cross-border
philanthropy offers 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 independent donors,
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.


Non-Profit: Framework and Approach

Accountability is the basis for effective philanthropy work in Africa. What do we mean by accountability? Accountability means
answering the following question “To whom is my organization responsible as it makes grants or develops projects across borders?”
the answer 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.


1. 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
individuals.

2. Governance
It is critical to establish a governance structure that will provide oversight in all matters especially fiduciary. Establishing policies and
standards to guide the implementation and day-to-day operations to ensure financial resources are being efficiently employed.

3. Partnership Development
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.

4. Stakeholder Management
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.

5. 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 activities with
respect to the people and communities affected by your interventions.

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