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Online Dialogue: Fundraising for Human Rights: Lessons-learned and practical advice

Event Date: 
January 18, 2012 (All day) - January 24, 2012 (All day)

Join New Tactics and other practitioners for an online dialogue on Fundraising for Human Rights: Lessons-learned and practical advice. Protecting and promoting human rights is valuable and important work. In order to do this work, organizations need financial resources. Although there are many funders that recognize the value in financially supporting human rights efforts, many organizations struggle to find enough funding to support their work.

This dialogue is an opportunity to bring together human rights practitioners, fundraisers, funders and others to discuss essential questions around funding human rights work.

Where is the money for human rights? Acquiring financial resources for human rights work can be a confusing and complicated endeavor. It can be difficult for human rights organizations to find the right funders that share their interest and vision. It can also be difficult to find information on specific requests for proposals, deadlines, funding cycles, requirements, etc. Human rights funders also face big challenges; the economy has had a devastating effect on foundations and other funding institutions. Funders are struggling to balance the need for support and the available resources.

How can funders collaborate with human rights organizations more effectively? What does successful funder/recipient collaboration look like? What roles do human rights groups have to influence the policies and practices of funders? What role do human rights funders have in influencing each other's policies?

What are the components of a sustainable funding strategy for human rights work? How do we measure the impact of human rights work? When is it worth the effort to seek out small foundations and when is it better to approach larger funders/institutions? How do you know when your work is sustainable?

Join us on January 18 to meet others interested in this topic, learn new ideas, and share your experiences!

Our featured resource practitioners committed to help lead this dialogue include:

Jesse Wrenn - Senior Program Office for the American Jewish World Service, United States
Sara Federlein - Foundations Officer for WITNESS, United States
Alix Dunn - Co-Founder of the Engine Room, Egypt
Shalini Nataraj - Vice President of Programs for the Global Fund for Women, United States
Jane Barry of Linksbridge, LLC is an activist and author, specializing in the intersections of peace, security and gender, United States
Maureen James - Fundraising and Outreach Coordinator for the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), Canada
Rajasvini Bhansali - Executive Director of the International Development Exchange (IDEX), United States
Vincent Ploton - Institutional Development Officer for the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), Switzerland
Anne Travers is an independent fundraising consultant, specializing in development strategies for progressive causes, United States

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