Hope Center Uganda has grown so much this year, adding new children to our literacy program, starting a women’s health/education program, Girl Power Gulu, and partnering with local artists to provide drawing, dance, and fashion classes to our kids. However, our programming development has to be matched by fundraising development, and we are excited to be in our final step towards achieving the sustainable revenue model that will allow us limitless potential for future growth.
August was a deadline-driven month spent balancing duties on the ground in Gulu with fundraising responsibilities. We applied to GlobalGiving’s September Accelerator program, submitting all our financial documents, legal documents, testimonies from local community members, and several past reports for vetting.
Finally, at the end of the month, our work paid off and we we were accepted to the program. Now, we have to raise at least $5,000 from at least 40 donors between September 11 and September 29. If we don’t hit these goals, we won’t receive any of the money and Global Giving will not allow us to remain on their platform until we pass through next month’s Accelerator.
It’s crucial that we pass the accelerator because the sooner our project is funded, the sooner we can build the first Hope Center, achieving our goal of creating self-sustaining education programs and community. We will be able to bring in revenue through a wifi café and artisan shop, which will provide vocational training for local adults as well as a way to sell handmade crafts that we teach our students to make. It is key that we pass the accelerator because GlobalGiving offers learning tools and opportunities for growth, providing accepted organizations with access to corporate sponsors, matching funds, and more.
Donations are tax-deductible and are accepted starting September 11 at 9:00am EDT. The closer we are to reaching our fundraising goal, the higher our ranking on the website, so the sooner one donates, the better our chances of reaching our goal. Thank you for your support, please consider sharing or contributing to our project to help us reach our goal!
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