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Letter

Help! How can I convince funders to build community in a post-Soviet country?

5 August 2021
Regi

Dear Regi, How can we find foundations that are ready to fund activities in a post-Soviet country? We want to build a society with more initiatives, more qualitative education, more solidarity with poor peoples, more unity between the West and East, or an agricultural system in full respect with nature, and so on… How do we make ourselves attractive to funders? Sincerely,Post Soviet Dear Post Soviet Have you ever heard of George Soros? Just saying, …

Letter

Help! I’m being bullied by an ex-colleague

8 July 2021
Regi

Dear Regi, I’m being bullied by an ex-colleague, who incidentally has left the organisation in breach of their legal contract. If I speak out about the situation, it will create more drama for the wider circle, but I’m starting to crack by not speaking. Sincerely, Disgruntled Former Colleague Dear “I Have A Disgruntled Former Colleague”, I think it’s fair to speak out about the drama: this is philanthropy, not Days Of Our Lives, and we …

Letter

Help! How can I get core funding for my start-up nonprofit?

6 May 2021
Regi

Dear Regi, I am a Trustee of a nonprofit in East Africa, which began with generous support from foundations and benefactors. That core funding enabled the creation of a service which many other not-for-profits, international agencies, and local governments here find very useful; however, our funders are unwilling to pay for more than the direct cost of the work we do for them, which means our core capital is being spent down. In the private …

Letter

Help! How do I convince funders to make endowment grants?

8 April 2021
Regi

Dear Regi,  I am an old timer in the foundation world, so I am intimately familiar with the inherent power imbalance in the funder-grantee relationship. I want to know how we can interest more foundations in making endowment grants to their flagship grantee partners – a ‘share the wealth’ campaign if you will. We know that an important building block towards long-term sustainability of nonprofits is an endowment. We also know that many of the …