Anyone who has worked for or served on the board of a non-profit organization (anywhere in the world) knows how hard it is to raise funds. I know for a fact that many NGOs in Jamaica (in every field) are hanging on, living “hand to mouth.” I honestly don’t know how NGOs manage to stretch a meager budget to serve their clients (and they often provide a vital social service). They quite often have to partially finance their work from their own pockets. Those working in the public and private sector would be truly amazed to see how little some of these organizations survive on. Many depend heavily on dedicated volunteers, who work hard with little or no monetary reward. The work of our NGOs is truly remarkable.
It is no different for environmental non-profits like BirdsCaribbean – the largest conservation organization in the region. Everyone works very hard to raise funds for conservation programs—there are never enough funds for urgent projects, much less support to pay the staff needed to carry out the work.
To help your organization become stronger and more effective, BirdsCaribbean is excited to announce that it has secured the help of Mazarine Treyz of Wild Woman Fundraising to conduct a training workshop on fundraising during its 20th International Meeting, to take place in Kingston, Jamaica from July 25 -29, 2015. This workshop will be open to local non-delegates as well as delegates at the meeting from across the Caribbean and beyond.
Mazarine Treyz is the author of The Wild Woman’s Guide to Fundraising, and founder of WildWomanFundraising.com, a popular fundraising resource with 50,000 monthly readers. She also wrote The Wild Woman’s Guide to Social Media, given a 5 star rating by nonprofit About.com. Her latest book, “Get the Job! Your Fundraising Career Empowerment Guide,” was also given a 5 star review by Nonprofit.About.com. Ms. Treyz has co-founded a non-profit and worked in fundraising roles for ten years. She’s raised millions for small, national and international charities via grants, events, sponsorships, crowdfunding, appeals. She’s trained over 10,000 people from 2011-2015 and helped nonprofits raise millions more.
Topics for the workshop include: Fundraising 101, how to write a better fundraising plan, megafundraising with volunteers, finding new donors, keeping your donors, how to write a better year-end appeal letter, how to raise funds with your email newsletter, how to run a crowdfunding campaign, how to get sponsorships, and many more. BirdsCaribbean is conducting a three-question online survey on its website to determine what the key interests would be. If you are interested, please complete it at sites.google.com/site/birdscaribbeanmeeting2015/program/fundraising-workshop
Join us in Kingston in July for a wealth of information, symposia, networking, exciting field trips and bird-watching trips, a photographic competition with superb prizes – and more!