As nonprofit fundraising is a worldwide endeavor, we’re looking to highlight some campaigns – both big and small – helping people around the world. We’re starting with Central America and South America.
Voluntario Global is a nonprofit program based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They have created a network of community centers and institutions throughout Latin America. Their core effort is to create opportunities for young people in marginalized areas, helping to provide travel funds, as well as to assist community centers and social service organizations.
So far in 2016, Voluntario has raised enough funds for 5 grants to support students. It drew on a core group of donors but they also reached out through a Facebook campaign and its website. One student traveled to Vallegrande, Bolivia where he learned about and worked with their agricultural traditions. Another student traveled to Xalapa, Mexico and worked with an organization providing assistance to the poor in the area.
Heartland Alliance, a leading anti-poverty organization, works in the USA and around the world to alleviate the effects through a variety of services in four core areas: health, housing, jobs and justice. In Mexico, it began an aggressive web and Facebook campaign called “I’m Changed.” Young entrepreneurs from different Mexican states campaigned to raise funds for social projects.
This allowed five students to travel for six days of training at the Instituto del Progreso Latino in Chicago, IL. There they studied how to design projects to address social change and poverty reduction, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. The “I’m Changed” campaign used the voices of the students to reach potential donors in a variety of online platforms.
Amizade is an international service learning program for students. Each student can participate in various projects based on their academic studies and professional interests. In April 2015, students participated in a Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange (MPIE) in Santarem, Brazil. Located at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajos rivers, students worked in partnership with local health students and healthcare professionals.
To participate, each student raised funds through a variety of social networks, as well as Amizade’s webpage. Another facet of the fundraising efforts is selling cards from a partner nonprofit, CEOLI, that provides occupation therapy for disabled persons. Selling the painted cards generates funds to support both organization’s programs.
Sustainable Bolivia is a nonprofit organization in Cochabamba, Bolivia that provides human and financial resources to support 36 partner organizations. Many of these organizations have been able to continue to operate but have lacked the capacity to expand programs and service delivery. Volunteers wanting to increase their community impact began using online fundraising platforms to generate additional funding. Many were able to double and even triple their impact with these organizations.
For instance, one spent a month at an organization that helps children with physical disabilities. She was able to raise funds for the organization to purchase chest supports and wheelchair cushions. Another raised funds to begin a dance program for the Educar es Fiesta which serves children. A donor matched the funds so that the program was funded for three years.
We Run Lima 10k
We Run Lima 10k is a race that attracted a great deal of attention for the children of Conayaca Huancavelica, in central Peru. Race organizers enlisted the help of the country’s president to support the race by participating. The race generated funds for the construction of safe play spaces in the small town.
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