Dr Saumya Arora

About Dr Saumya Arora

Dr. Saumya Arora is a development professional with cross-disciplinary experience in project management, resource mobilization, donor relationship management, community mobilization and project execution at the field level. She is currently working towards building fundraising and resource mobilization capacity of community-based organizations, apart from developing functional linkages with donors across the world.

Leadership qualities essential for modern NGO professionals

NGO and development sector professionals work in difficult and challenging circumstances. With limited resources and constantly changing, complex and dynamic situations, an NGO professional has to be on toes all the time to adapt to the environment. Working in this sector demands dynamic personalities, leadership qualities and management aptitude and skills. Do you have it in you to be a coolheaded, agile, highly professional and motivating leader? A leader can be a leader in his/ her own … [Read more...]

How can your Volunteers help you in raising funds?

As a non-profit organization, you might have come across many passionate individuals, ardent supporters and advocates for your cause, who have supported or continue to support your organization. These people devote their time, knowledge and passion for your cause as ‘volunteers’. Volunteers have been instrumental in achieving many organizational goals, by helping an organization do good for the underprivileged communities. You might have involved volunteers for various purposes, like … [Read more...]

Fundraising follow-up with donors

All of us know that donor communication is very important for the non-profits of today. To retain donors and convert one-time donors into recurrent ones, to also encourage them to feel like a part of the cause, and to spread the word within to their kith and kin, the importance of donor communication is well-established. But what does communicating with donors mean? Is it a thanks note, an appeal to donate again, or an update, or is it all of the above? What makes a donor tick? There can be … [Read more...]

Weekend Volunteering for Company Employees

There is an increased awareness and sensitization about volunteering work these days. The spirit of ‘giving back to the society’ is growing and spreading across people from all walks of life. It paints a very positive picture of the society as a whole, wherein everyone can contribute towards the society in a meaningful and sustainable way. Non-profit organizations offer innumerable opportunities for civic engagement for the greater good. Additionally, many companies and employers even have … [Read more...]

How does USAID support NGOs?

What is USAID? United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a US Government Agency that is responsible for administration of all foreign civilian aid. It was established in the year 1961, and is headquartered at Washington DC. The mission statement of USAID is to ‘to partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing the security and prosperity of the United States’. The main purposes of USAID aid and assistance are disaster … [Read more...]

How to set up 501(c) 3 non-profit in United States and what are its advantages?

Lot of passionate individuals, or groups of people wish to contribute their lives for a good cause, and many of them either join a charitable organization, or start their own. But, establishing and running an organization is not an easy task. One must first be confident and convinced, must have enough support in terms of technical, programmatic, and legal support to start a nonprofit. If you are a nonprofit organization, and you wish to acquire a 501c3 status in United States, let us understand … [Read more...]

How can NGOs participate in Crowdfunding?

As the name suggests, crowdfunding is a way of raising funds (funding) from a large number of donors (crowd) by mediums like internet, social media and mobile phones. Lot of social enterprises, start-ups, and even nonprofits are successfully raising funds by doing crowdfunding campaigns. How NGOs can make their crowdfunding plan and how to actually implement it, here is a short and simple guide about the process and steps to plan one: Planning the campaign: Every successful activity has … [Read more...]

What is Succession Planning and Why is it Important for Your NGO?

Non-profits have so much to worry about these days, like finding funds, acquiring and retaining donors, core work, projects and activities. Being occupied with so many things at once does not let the non-profit organizations ‘think’ like an organization sometimes. People working at non-profits end up feeling that they have much more to look for outside the organization, rather than inside it. Management pioneers have stressed on the need to develop strategic thinking, developing and nurturing … [Read more...]

How to make your first contact with the corporate donors

Making your first contact with the corporate donors can be tough and intimidating. The corporate culture differs a lot from the nonprofit world. Many-a-times, nonprofits need to make a lot of efforts to reach out to a corporate, to make them listen to what they have to ask for, and to tell them why they stand out by the good work they do. Being able to schedule a meeting with them is a good indication for the potential collaborations or seeking corporate funding or sponsorship for your … [Read more...]

What is Peer-to-peer Fundraising in Nonprofit World?

Peer-to-peer fundraising or P2P fundraising is getting a lot of attention by nonprofits these days. Although crowdfunding and P2P are being used interchangeably, it is important to note that the two are different. P2P fundraising is a specific type of crowdfunding, wherein you can leverage your supporters and advocates to raise funds for your non-profit. It helps you reach a large number of audiences and donors, with added advantage of increased network, as it is the network of your supporters … [Read more...]

Using videos for storytelling

With the advent of internet and social media, plus a surge in the number of people having mobile phones, communication is getting easier, faster and more accessible for everyone. Clicking pictures and recording videos is so easy these days, with a click on your mobile phone. Visual storytelling is a way to tell your story through videos. Videos have always been an unparalleled method to get the viewer experience your world. So many NGOs are focusing on ethical photography and videography in … [Read more...]

How NGOs can raise non-financial support for their cause

Non-profits need resources to run themselves. These resources are not limited to financial resources. If properly planned and sought, non-financial resources can also play a crucial role in the growth and development of a non-profit organization. What are these non-financial resources that NGOs must look out for? How can they raise these resources? Some of these questions are answered here: What are non-financial resources? There are many. Some examples are: In-kind gifts and … [Read more...]

Career Options in International NGOs: How can you make an impact?

Recent trends show that an increasing number of people are getting interested to work in the development sector. International NGOs offer the best opportunities for such people. NGO domain is a very vast and varied one, and one needs to find out which cause he/she relates with, which domain in particular would one want to work in, before exploring this arena to work. Undoubtedly, the international NGOs offer a huge scope for learning and gaining experience in the sector. Also, if someone wants … [Read more...]

How to undertake strategic planning for your NGO

Someone has rightly said that without a plan, a goal is only a wish. In the context of your NGO also, it holds true. Despite having a mission and a vision, an organization might be going on a path to nowhere, as these are very broad statements, and do not provide a clear direction, or do not ‘steer’ the organization. To have a clear and actionable plan, it takes a lot of churning of ideas and experiences sharing among all the key stakeholders, which will direct the board to have a strategic plan … [Read more...]

How to establish Effective Governance in Your NGO

The term ‘governance’ comes from Greek verb κυβερνάω [kubernáo], meaning ‘to steer’. Every institution, be it public, private, or third sector, needs governance to function. There are formalized forms of governance, and the most formalized one is the ‘government’. NGOs also need good governance for effective functioning, growth and sustainability. The principles of good governance hold true in the dynamic environment the NGOs face today as the issues of accountability, transparency, … [Read more...]

Twitter for Good: 9 steps for NGOs to get on Twitter

Believe it or not, Twitter is revolutionizing communication as we know it. The freedom and power of 140 characters is taking the social media by storm every day. Daily we come across various things which are ‘trending’ on social media, and Twitter has major role to play there. For NGOs, many are on social media and Twitter too, but few have been able to tap the potential of this platform. Researches and user studies show that Twitter users raise much more funds online than those NGOs who … [Read more...]

7 tips for creating successful partnerships with NGOs

This is a time for collaborations, partnerships, scales and thus revolutionizing the social development milieu. Especially in the wake of corporate social responsibility and sustainability concerns finding their ways into corporate strategies across countries and geographies; the state, the private sector and the ‘third’ sector are collaborating across spaces to lead to a better, converging picture in this context. NGOs are looking forward to this shift, and so are the corporates. But finding a … [Read more...]