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Problems and Solutions of Starting an NGO event, Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30

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This event will provide a space for mutual exchange among students who share an interest in starting an NGO or are running a start-up NGO. The goal is to provide a learning environment for students to discuss and share their experiences on challenges, solutions, and best practices. 



 Program on Latin America and the Caribbean 

Co-sponsored by the Transnational NGO Initiative 



Problems and Solutions of Starting an NGO  

How do you get from ideas to implementation? Why would you start an NGO rather than joining one? How do you get donors when you have nothing to raise money for (no projects yet)? What are some of the challenges after you start the organization (or of maintaining it)?  


Allyson Goldsmith is the founder and Executive Director of ELEVEate, an organization which helps girls obtain an education in Senegal, and is also currently completing a dual masters in Public Administration and International Relations at the Maxwell School. 

Rose Marie Cromwell is a co-founder and co-director of Cambio Creativo, a grassroots organization facilitating educational workshops in Coco Solo, Panama, and is currently completing her MFA in Art Photography at Syracuse University. 

Roman Yavich is a co-founder of Comunidad Connect, a community development non-profit in Nicaragua, and a current graduate student at SUNY ESF. 

Nicolas Hernandez is co-founder and former director (4 years) of Ocasa, an NGO that works with youth promoting transparency and citizen participation in Colombia. 


All are welcome, but if possible please rsvp to Flavia Rey de Castro at to help us estimate our food order. 



April 4, 2012  

5:30 – 7:30 pm  

220 Eggers Hall  




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