Register today for the 2013 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar!

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Registration has opened for the 2013 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar!

Join leading local NGOs, CBOs and civil society organizations for a nonprofit strategic communications seminar at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad on May 15th and learn how to:

  • Create a strategic communications plan for your organization
  • Effectively craft and package your organization’s story and brand to help advance your NGO’s mission
  • Leverage social media to reach and build meaningful organizational relationships with donors/grantmakers, volunteers, media and other key stakeholders

Call for Nominations: 2013 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in T&T

2013 JB Fernandes Award NGO Excellence Trinidad TobagoNominations are being accepted for the 2013 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago!

The nomination deadline has been extended to April 1st and the winning organisation will receive $5,000 US and be honoured at the 2013 T&T NGO Professionals Seminar on May 15, 2013!

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Vision on Mission Wins the 2012 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence

Vision on Mission’s CEO, Wayne Chance and Chair, William Latchman with Luisa Fernandes of the JB Fernandes Memorial Trust

Vision on Mission was named the 2012 recipient of the JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago for its comprehensive rehabilitation efforts and restorative programs aimed at local ex-inmates.

The award was presented on Friday, May 10, 2012 at the T&T NGO Professionals Conference, sponsored by the JB Fernandes Memorial Trusts and convened by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA). Continue reading

Steering Committee Members: 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference

Thank you to the steering committee for the 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference to be held on May 11-12 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. The committee members have provided countless hours of advice and guidance during the organizing of this inaugural two-day conference.

2012 Steering Committee Members – T&T NGO Professionals Conference:

Beverly BecklesThe National Centre for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), Trinidad & Tobago

Ryssa Brathwaite-TobiasCitizen Security Programme, Trinidad & Tobago

Tanya Clovis, Save Our Sea Turtles, Tobago

Barbara KingTrinidad & Tobago Innovative Parenting Support (TTIPS)

Sarah McIntoshVeni Apwann, Trinidad & Tobago

Gregory Sloan-SealeKIND, ChildLine, Trinidad & Tobago

Calculating the Economic Impact of Your Volunteers

$139.46 TT per hour.

That’s approximately the monetary value of one (1) volunteer service hour to your organisation (if you used the U.S. 2011 hourly rate (US $21.79/hour) for the value of volunteer time).

Non-profit organisations in Trinidad and Tobago that use volunteers are tracking their volunteer hours, but many are not focused on determining (and reporting) the economic impact of the organisation volunteers.  Carefully tracking volunteer time and its economic impact can be an important output and data point that can be shared with organisation funders and other stakeholders.

Here’s an easy tool that will help you calculate the economic impact of your volunteers’ hours – Economic Impact Of Volunteers Calculator. Continue reading

Agenda: 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference

The full agenda with session descriptions and speakers for the 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference (May 11-12, Hyatt Trinidad) is available for download – Sessions and Agenda for TT NGO Conference (PDF) 

You can also view the abbreviated quick-glance version (without session descriptions and speakers) after the jump (click “Continue Reading” below):

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5 “New” Media Targets for NGOs in Trinidad & Tobago

Do you only target the three big national daily newspapers – The Trinidad Guardian, Trinidad & Tobago Newsday and Trinidad Express – to cover news about your non-profit organisation?

Think outside the box and approach Trinidad and Tobago’s weekly/monthly newspapers and online media outlets.  Pitch these publications with traditional organisational press releases, ongoing guest columns, letters to the editor, opinion pieces or feature articles.  Your pitches can focus on your nonprofit’s work in the community, success stories about the recipients of the organisation’s services, interviews with an organisational founder or leader, and much more.

Here are four publications in Trinidad and Tobago to add to your media outreach list:

1.  TnT Mirror – Despite the TnT Mirror’s tagline “Get the Real Story,” softer news pitches from non-profits and community organisations are welcome.  The TnT Mirror has Friday and Sunday editions.  Email:  Phone: (868) 645-3364.

2. The Tobago News – Tobago’s only newspaper is published on Fridays.  Local NGO, Environment Tobago has a regular column in the paper, which is penned by Joane Seewal.  If your organisation is based in or does any work in Tobago, pitch this paper to reach Tobago readers.  Email:

3.  The Westerly – Serving the “West” this monthly community magazine has a distribution of 5,000 copies to homes/businesses in West Trinidad and welcomes pitches from non-profit organisations.  Email: or Phone: (868) 387-2731 (Westerly Online) or (868) 778-8205 (The Westerly).  The Westerly’s sister publication, The Northerly services North Trinidad.

4.  SouthTnT – An online portal with an active Facebook Page, South TnT covers all things “South” from businesses and people to NGO activities in South Trinidad.  The “Community In Focus” section shines a “spotlight on community activities and initiatives” like the Overall Youth Empowerment and Action Youth Group (O.Y.E.A.) or the Darren Ganga Foundation.  SouthTnT publishes new content every Wednesday.  Email:  Phone: (868) 290-7236.

Nominate your organisation for the 2012 JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence!

JB Fernandes NGO Award Trinidad Tobago

2013 UPDATE: Nominations for the 2013 AWARD are being accepted until March 22nd!

The 2012 T&T NGO Professionals Conference marks the launch of the newly established JB Fernandes Award for NGO Excellence in Trinidad & Tobago.

The award will recognize NGOs, CBOs and civil society organisations that are national models of NGO excellence, improving their communities and utilizing best practices in non-profit management.

The 2012 winning organization will receive a $5,000 US monetary donation and be honoured at the conference’s Welcome & Awards Banquet on May 11, 2012.

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Trinidad’s 2012 International Women’s Day: March 8

International Women's DayInternational Women’s Day is Thursday, March 8, 2012 and this year’s theme from the UN is Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty and the theme from the International Women’s Day website is Connecting Girls, Inspiring Features.

Organisations in Trinidad & Tobago are celebrating 2012 International Women’s Day with various events from seminars to marches. (Click HERE for a calendar of international events that your organisation can get involved in.)

Here are the events that will be held in Trinidad on March 8th (links to local IWD news articles appear at the end of this post):

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