2020 has precipitated the need for small grassroots NPO's to find new and innovative ways to continue their work. Like them, BBS is also innovating with the creation of a new fund that will make small operational grants to our vetted NPO causes network. These can include gardening tools for a school project in Madagascar, teaching aids for a school in Uganda or library books in Afghanistan. This project fund focuses on small asks that can make a big impact.
This year the non-profit sector has faced unprecedented economic and operational challenges resulting from the on-going health and economic crisis and in particular small NPOs are struggling. BBS receives continual requests to help provide for critical fundamental items that are required for them to continue to support their constituents and fulfill their mission. Malaria nets, teaching aids, gardening tools, and learning tablets are examples of the items that there is an urgent need for.
Based on feedback and priorities identified by the various projects we support globally, BBS is taking a two-pronged support approach with this project. First, to create a fund that will fulfil asks by the NPO's that directly supports their daily operational needs. Secondly, to develop and deliver learning sessions and a mentorship program for NPO's that addresses the learning priorities they've identified including crisis communication strategies, problem solving and leadership skills.
Providing for some of the practical needs directly supports achieving long-term missions. As an example, the irrigation pipe will water the fruit tree saplings at a special needs school in Thailand. The fruit will feed the students and additional produce will be sold at market as a new revenue stream to support the school. The learning program will help build each teams' leadership capacity and ability to adapt, problem solve and plan for future challenges and opportunities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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