Registration has opened for the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference!

The Institute of International Education, in partnership with Veni Apwann is proud to host the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals Conference on May 14th and May 15th at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.  The conference is funded by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The 2014 Conference theme is Fund Development: A Key Strategy for Building Sustainable NGOs and the conference will bring together more than 100 professionals from NGOs, civil society, community based and faith-based organisations in Trinidad and Tobago to network, share challenges and best practices in nonprofit management, and hear from experts on how to create a plan for strategic fund development.

NGO professionals attending the 2014 Conference will engage in dynamic conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and unique networking opportunities with civil society peers and donors.  Conference sessions and breakouts will focus on helping organisations:

  • Develop strategic funding plans
  • Identify suitable funding opportunities
  • Craft successful grant proposals
  • Learn how to build strong relationships with funders

In addition, the conference also will explore four areas of nonprofit management that are critical for organisations to successfully raise funds:

  • Financial Management
  • Accountability & Transparency
  • Public Relations Outreach
  • Program Evaluation

Please note, spaces will be limited.  The Conference Registration fee is $300 TTD and registration is open until all slots are full. Download the  2014 T&T NGO Conference Registration Form.  

Visit the conference website at www.iie.org/ttngoconference and stay updated on T&T NGO News by following us on Twitter (Twitter.com/TTNGONews) and Facebook (Facebook.com/TTNGONews).

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Q&A Webinar – JB Fernandes Awards for NGO Excellence: 26th March, 11am-12pm

Q&A Session JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago

UPDATE: Visit http://www.slideshare.net/ttngoconference/jb-fernandes-award-qa-revised to see the Webinar slides and tips.

Do you have questions about the award nomination process? Looking for tips for applying? Want to know what makes for a successful nomination?

Join our Q&A Session for the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago on WEDNESDAY, March 26th, 11am-12pm.

Download the GoToMeeting software to join the webinar via this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/meeting/join/420563205

Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) – a headset is recommended:

Access Code: 420-563-205
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID:420-563-205

NOTE: NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, MARCH 31st.

Download a nomination form and instructions, clicK HERE to ENTER today!

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Key Takeaways: 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO FORUM

The 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO FORUM was attended by more than 50 people representing more than 30 civil society organizations in Tobago.

Here are ten takeaways from the Forum’s opening panel discussion -The Role of Civil Society Organisations – The Way Forward, which featured Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie, Former Independent Senator; Victor Hart, Chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Steering Committee; ASP Collis Hazel, Roxborough Police Youth Club; Neila-Bobb Prescott, Sr. Technical Officer, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI); Juliana Antoine, Manager, Environment Tobago; and Inca Mohamed, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and representative for the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust,

Takeaway #1      Your organization is important, and its work is essential to the development of our communities, the island and our nation.” Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie

Takeaway #2     “Be brave, be bold, don’t be boxed in by dependency.  Remember your organization is not an arm of a ministry of government.” Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie

Takeaway #3     “We see your board of directors as ultimately having oversight of grants and funds, so choose your board of directors carefully.” Inca Mohamed

Takeaway #4     “NGOs must play close attention to transparency & accountability in order to sit at the funding table.” Victor Hart
Action Item: Download the free Trinidad & Tobago Civil Society Accountability Toolkit for more information on practical steps, tools and frameworks that CSOs can use to realise accountability.

Takeaway #5     “Put as much care into crafting your NGO grant proposal as you do in the work that you’re doing on behalf of your organization.” Inca Mohamed

Takeaway #6     “Approach grant writing from an entrepreneurial perspective by thinking about and planning for your program’s sustainability beyond the grant date.” Collis Hazel

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2014 TOBAGO FORUM in The Tobago News!

Tobago News NGO ForumForum for Tobago NGOs
By Thenesa Grant-Caton

NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisations (NGO) in Tobago are being urged to develop more sustainable projects.
Speaking at the T&T NGO Professionals: 2014 Tobago Forum, panel member Acting Superintendent Collis Hazel, from Roxborough Police Youth Club, indicated to the organisations that sustainability was the key.
“What is there that will ensure that we are able to sustain ourselves, that we do not see ourselves dependent on private and public sector organisations, that for some reason or the other we cannot critique them because they are our biggest funders?”
He continues, “We now need to write projects with a sustainable edge, an entrepreneurial edge that are going to take us to another level.” read more
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Agenda & Attendees for the 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO FORUM (March 18th)

Agenda 2014 Tobago NGO ForumThe 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO FORUM is Tuesday, 18th March 2014 and will explore the role of civil society organisations in Tobago and give local organisations an opportunity to network, discuss challenges and share best practices.

The Forum agenda is available for download here.  Nearly 30 civil society organisations in Tobago are planning to attend the 2014 TOBAGO FORUM:

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Q&A with a Donor: Scotiabank Trinidad & Tobago Foundation

Scotiabank Foundation Trinidad TobagoQ. What area(s) of nonprofit/charitable work does Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation typically fund?

A. The Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation supports funding for social programmes primarily focused on youth development in the areas of sport, education, culture and wellness.  Initiatives that support community improvement in these areas are also funded for communities in which the Bank operates. Funding for programmes is disbursed through registered NGOs and organizations.

Q. Can you provide examples of specific organizations and projects/programmes that the Foundation supports?

A. The Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Foundation fulfills its philanthropy works through partnerships with organizations and registered NGOs working with youth and community development in the areas of sport, education, culture and wellness. These organizations include the Scout Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Families In Action, The A.R.R.O.W. FoundationJunior Achievement of  Trinidad & Tobago, The Harvard Club, Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee and United Way of Trinidad and Tobago.
Link to a 2014 press release on the Scotiabank T&T Foundation’s grantmaking activities.

Q. Does the Foundation provide other types of support such as in-kind support (e.g., executive loan programme, financial planning for NGOs, professional workshops for NGO staff, etc.)?

A. Yes. Staff volunteerism plays an important role in the development of the communities in which Scotiabank operates and in creating a brighter future for young people. Volunteerism is supported throughout the year for specific projects and financial management programmes. Annually, there is a dedicated focus on community projects traditionally to refurbish facilities for schools, special purpose homes and community centres.

Q. What are the three most important factors in deciding to provide funding for an NGO programme or project? Read more ›

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Tobago NGOs invited to a special 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO Forum on March 18th!

Tobago NGO Forum 2014The 2014 T&T NGO Professionals TOBAGO Forum will explore the role of civil society organisations in Tobago and give local organisations an opportunity to network, discuss challenges and share best practices.

Convened by Veni Apwann with the support of Environment Tobago, the 2014 TOBAGO Forum is sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust.

The Forum will be held on Tuesday, 18th March 2014, 8:00am – 4:00pm at the Division of Infrastructure & Public Utilities (Conference Room), Shaw Park, Scarborough, Tobago.

Planned panelists for the TOBAGO Forum include Dr. Eastlyn McKenzie, Former Independent Senator; Collis Hazel, Executive Director, Roxborough Police Youth Club; Juliana Antoine, Environment Tobago; Victor Hart, Former Chairman of Trinidad & Tobago Transparency Institute; and Neila Bobb-Prescott, CANARI who will share their perspectives on the role of civil society organisations in Tobago. Read more ›

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