Empowering girls and women in Kenya is not enough. As a responsible small nonprofit, one of my goals as Executive Director is to see that young women are brought into positions of power in our organization. At present, our board consists of members who are under 40 years old, most of whom are women around 30 years old.
While Global Giving has and continues to help us raise the funds needed for the girls and women in Kenya, we cannot rely upon them alone. We have a dynamic team of women who planned and executed a fundraiser on Feb. 12, 2013. Their skills at marketing, social media, and planning events are extraordinary.
I believe that too many nonprofit organizations rely on the same people to sit on different boards. I believe that they can rely too heavily on older people with “contacts” who will bring in the large donations. And that is probably true. But if we are to survive and raise a philanthropic nation, we must encourage the young. We must give them the opportunities to sit on boards, know how a 501©(3) works, and listen and incorporate their “out of the box thinking.” We do that at One Village at a Time.
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