At the end of March, the TNGO Student Group hosted a two-hour program on sustainable fund development for NGOs, both domestic and transnational. Executive MPA student Shouvik Mitra presented his experience from PRADAN (Professional Assistance for Development Action), based in India. He was joined by Peter Vogelaar from Syracuse's neighbor, Utica, NY, where he serves as Executive Director of the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees and Compass Services. They jointly presented their organizations' increasing emphasis on sustainable funding mechanisms considering the recent constraints posed by the global financial crisis. Mitra shared PRADAN's success with earned income revenues generated from rural business development programming and the need to enhance ownership of these programs by the beneficiaries and communities served. Vogelaar presented an alternative approach to sustainable fund development by marketing in-house services to bring in organizational revenue.
For more information, access both presentation files: Shouvik Mitra, PRADAN Peter Vogelaar, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees