The West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in partnership with STAR-Ghana Foundation has trained 24 staff from 12 organisations of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) members under Giving for Change project (GfC) within the southern zone of Ghana on how to mobilise funds to facilitate developmental projects.
The four-day (11-14 May 2022) training workshop in Aburi, Eastern Region of Ghana sought to build the capacity of members of the CoP to improve upon their methods of fundraising leveraging tools and platforms that were available to them.
The meeting also served as an opportunity for the CoPs members to reflect on their workplans and track the progress of their ongoing activities.
As part of the meeting, a team from WACSI took participants through communication in local fundraising.
The team gave a detailed submission on how credible pitching and effective communication strategy can lead to the successful implementation of a project. Gervin Chanase, Programme Officer with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Unit of WACSI stressed the need for organisations to pay a lot of attention to planning, preparation and effective pitching.
As part of efforts to rationalise fundraising and encourage transparency, an IT and software development company, Penplusbytes developed a giving platform dubbed “Yen so mu Bi Giving Platform”.
According to Penplusbytes, the platform would keep track of all donations in cash and monetise in-kind contributions to be able to measure inflow percentage. According to them, this would offer feasible projections for accomplishing funding targets.
GfC project is a five (5) year project under the auspices of STAR Ghana Foundation in partnership with WACSI seeking to transform how “development is done” by recognising the importance of domestic resource mobilisation in driving development.
The project seeks to offer technical expertise and match funds to organisations that meet requirements for the pro-philanthropy initiative.
Frank Kwaku Amoateng, Results and Learning Manager for STAR Ghana Foundation, said his outfit was ready to engage and support CoP members to implement their projects.
He urged the organisations to make use of the opportunities available to them.