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Letter: How NGO donors can help ‘bake a difference’


LettersHow NGO donors can help ‘bake a difference’

Readers discuss how donors can better help non-profits achieve their potential, the government’s green tech ambitions, the waste-charging scheme, and the nightlife campaignPhilanthropyLettersPublished: 11:30am, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

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My civil society organisation recently played host to a potential new funder, a global financial firm spreading its philanthropic wings. Its mission? To support grass-roots organisations that uplift marginalised children.

Its representatives were directed to us by a foundation with which we’d previously collaborated. Their visit was a welcome opportunity for them to understand our work and conduct due diligence.

One particular interaction stood out during this visit. Someone from the team inquired: “Why are you seeking funding for a single project? Why not ask funders to support the organisation as a whole?” I could have hugged him; this was music to my ears.

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