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Establishing the true meaning of leadership and governance has never been more important for society, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation is championing this cause across Africa. Founded in 2006 by Sudanese-born businessman and billionaire, Mo Ibrahim, the Foundation is guided by a firm belief that leadership  and good governance are critical to Africa’s development. Unlike most large philanthropic organizations, the Foundation does not offer grants, and instead, runs the following four initiatives focused on delivering on its mission to ‘define, assess, and ultimately, enhance governance and leadership in Africa.’   Continue reading…

How can you tell when a donor is ready to give more to your nonprofit organization? Before you think this never happens in African organizations, think again. If you’ve been able to build strong relationships with your donors, there are specific signs to look out for that show that they might want to give more to support your work. Existing donors may be prepared to give more, but most times organizations don’t know which ones to approach. If you have kept your donor data organized and up to date, this can be a reliable means to determine which donors you may want to upgrade to a new giving class. Once you have assembled all the data, look for these four indicators to help you approach the right donors the next time you need increased support or partnership to accelerate the impact of your work: Continue reading…

In 1997, Kofi Annan became the first United Nations (UN) Secretary-General to be appointed from within the organization and the second UN Secretary-General of African heritage. His ten-year tenure left a legacy that fundamentally, development and security can only thrive where the rule of law and the respect for human rights exist. In 2001, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the UN and Kofi Annan for “their work for a better organized and more peaceful world”. Shortly after his tenure ended, Annan founded the Kofi Annan Foundation in 2007 to continue his work towards a fairer, more peaceful and developed world.

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Do you know that YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world after Google? With a smaller budget, your nonprofit can reach more people on YouTube than traditional media. An estimated 24,000 nonprofits worldwide use YouTube to connect, share impact, and push campaigns. In Africa alone, 38 percent of nonprofits, including Foundations like the Tony Elumelu Foundation and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation utilize YouTube. Learn how to build a global audience network and increase your organization’s YouTube subscribers using these ten proven techniques specially tailored to suit nonprofits proposed by Ben Relles, Head of Comedy, YouTube: Continue reading…

Assembling a board for a nonprofit or foundation can be challenging. The process comes with tough choices on who to select and what makes the person a great fit. That’s because the board itself is faced with making big decisions about the financing, strategy, and direction of the organization. Before you approach a potential board member, here are five criteria to consider: Continue reading…

In the current digital age, closing the literacy and education gap is critical for Africa’s growth and development. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically Goal 4, campaigns for collaborative solutions in tackling challenges associated with access, awareness, funding and inclusive programming in literacy and education. Across Sub Saharan Africa where literacy rates are at 76 percent, governments, civil society, and the private sector are working together to address these challenges. In celebration of International Literacy Day on September 8th, we recognize four African organizations working to increase literacy levels and inclusive education on the continent. Continue reading…

According to the African Development Bank, three out of five people in Southern Africa live on less than a $1 a day. Poverty levels are further exacerbated by complex development challenges in the region like HIV/AIDS, youth unemployment, malnutrition and gender inequality. Several development agencies, civil society groups, nonprofits and foundations in the region have funded and implemented policies and programmes to curb these trends and improve livelihoods over the years. One notable organization, working to create an enabling environment for policy changes since 2005, is Southern Africa Trusta grantmaking organization with a vision for a well-integrated and poverty-free region. Continue reading…

Finding grants to fund development programmes has become increasingly challenging in Africa. One important reason for this is that there are more grantseeking organizations than there are grantmaking organizations across the continent. Because of this, having a unique value proposition (mission and impact) and being able to do more with less (innovative and sustainable programme design) have become major factors for funders. So whether you are just starting your nonprofit organization or have been at it for a while, here are six key elements that, according to U.S.-based Foundation Center, will keep donors and grantmakers interested in funding your work: Continue reading…

Life as an orphan or widow is difficult in Nigeria with only a few social services catering to millions experiencing societal stigma and marginalization. The work of indigenous philanthropic organizations like the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation is critical as it works to improve the lives of orphans and widows and eventually reduce the associated stigma. We recently sat down with the Executive Coordinator of the Foundation, Mrs Foluke Ademokun, to learn more about the Foundation. Continue reading…

Looking for tools or apps to help power your nonprofit? Explore our list of digital tools to find the right tool to share your story, make your organization more efficient, and reach a wider audience. Continue reading…