Fiorella Macrobio’s team raised more than $8,000 from 67 donors in 20 days in the March 2018 Accelerator. She talked with GlobalGiving about crowdfunding in Panama.
A: The Accelerator was an excellent opportunity to discover new capabilities within our own team. We saw some of them change their way of understanding the funding process, and begin to notice that innovative and creative ideas can generate excellent results in short and long terms.
A: You definitely need to open your mind, and learn from the experts, because sometimes you’re doing this for so long, that you can forget that things change, and you can’t really know it all. You have to be open minded enough to be capable to try new things, new methods and new approaches that you may even think they won’t work.
A: We discovered that some cultures are different, and work in different ways, so the same approach can’t be used in every case, but this is sometimes a trial and error process, and having a handful of different fundraising resources and tactics is helping us succeed much faster and with less errors.
A: The Accelerator process is a really good opportunity to work on team work abilities, too, because we understood pretty fast that this goal couldn’t be achieved by the project leader alone. As project leaders, we must inspire our team, keep up the good spirits, and cheer for every single dollar they can come up with. Support every new idea your team generates and give them time and space to develop new strategies and methods.
Featured Banner Photo: Dance Education Project for 60 At-Risk Children by Fundación Gramo Danse
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