Training and Support for Grassroots Organizations

by Village Earth
Dec 19, 2013

Village Earth: Empowering Grassroots Organizations

Village Earth draws upon our networks and over 20-years experience in community- based development to connect you with organizations that have a proven track-record working on the “front-lines” of social and ecological justice. Curently, 14 different organizations have been accepted into our Global Affiliate Program. See Below. 

Amahoro Project Earth Tipi Eco-Friendly Volunteers Empowerng Youth Cambodia Forum for Cumunity Change and Development Jenzera Knife Chief Buffalo Nation Lakota Buffalo Caretakers Cooperative Lakota Lands Recovery Project Living Roots Maloca Sarada Group of Development Initiatives Tasunke WakanAffilateThumbs_51

The goal of Village Earth is to provide a support structure for intermediate and grassroots organizations. The cornerstone of this structure is the ongoing information, training and support we provide. This includes:

Information, Training and Support

The goal of Village Earth is to provide a support structure for intermediate and grassroots organizations. The cornerstone of this structure is the ongoing information, training and support we provide. This includes:

Starting January 2014, Village Earth will be offering our Sustainable Community Development Certificate Program through Duke University’s Department of Continuing Studies.  We expect that this will be a very fruitful partnership in that Village Earth will bring its world-renowned online sustainable community development training program to the academic excellence of Duke University.  We hope that through this partnership we will be able to reach even more community leaders, development practitioners, and others around the world with an interest in increasing their knowledge and skills in sustainable community development.  

Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal sponsorship is a relationship between a pre-existing non-profit/non-governmental organization and one that is not (the sponsored project). Fiscal sponsorship allows the sponsored project to solicit grants and donations through the sponsoring organization, usually for a nominal fee. Since the sponsoring organization becomes legally liable for the use of funds by the sponsored project, they usually create certain conditions that the sponsored project must comply with to ensure the continuation of their sponsorship.

For small grassroots and grassroots support organizations based in countries with low GNP and GDP, there are numerous advantages to having a fiscal sponsor based in the United States. These include:

  • The United States has a relatively strong culture of individual philanthropy, totaling 37 billion dollars in 2008. In the same year, this exceeded official development assistance from the US by 10 billion dollars!
  • The U.S. government gives a tax-deduction to individuals for 100% of all donations made to registered non-profits.
  • Village Earth is also a registered contractor for the United States Government as well as the United Nations making it possible for affiliates to receive grants and contracts from these sources.

Marketing and Fundraising

Village Earth affiliates have access to a number of tools essential for managing and promoting their projects. We also provide the training and technical support needed to fully utilize them. They include:

  • A custom domain name, website and blog to tell the world about your project.
  • Personalized email accounts for your organization’s staff.
  • Assistance creating brochures, videos and other publications needed to get your message out.
  • Promotion on Village Earth’s website and in our monthly e-newsletter.
  • Direct-mail services.
  • Access to our premiere Contact Relation Management (CRM) database.
  • Custom extension on our VOIP telephone and conferencing system.
  • Access to our online video-conferencing system.

Facilitation and Networking

Upon request, Village Earth can provide various facilitation and network services for its affiliates or with the communities it supports. This can include facilitating workshops, mediation support, or networking with stakeholders, technical experts and possible funders.

Research and Advocacy

Village Earth also leverages its networks to advocate on behalf of affiliated projects by conducting research, education, lobbying, media and letter-writing campaigns, petitions, organizing rallies and protests and other forms of direct action.

Project Promotion

Village Earth provides a number of promotional outlets for affiliated projects, as indicated above. In addition, Village Earth reserves the right to promote projects in its materials and publications, including but not limited to the web, e-newsletter, quarterly newsletter, donor letters, etc. Village Earth may refer to projects in donor appeals, but any funds directed toward a particular project will go into that account under MOU terms.


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Village Earth

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
David Bartecchi
Fort Collins, COLORADO United States

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