Wait, don’t run away! I know it sounds incredibly boring… but it’s… ok well it is boring.
For those of you who are wondering why I haven’t written in a while, it is because I have been focusing on the less glamorous side of non-profit work: accounting and fundraising. Between going back and forth with Citibank about our new account, setting up Paypal Donations and Facebook Causes, I have been applying to endless lists of grants from various foundations.
While having money in the bank for the first time in nearly a year is a good thing, we have only raised about $6,000 we need to go towards the $200,000 budget that we’d like for 2009. Step by step, I hope we can come up with enough to at least mantain infrastructure for the growth we have had, which right now we are not able to do. We are at a point where the lack of employees has began limiting our effectiveness, which is why I am focusing so much on fundraising.
So this is why I am writing less… I figure that banking strategies and grant proposals are less interesting than touring Sudan or being adopted by Syrian Druze (see previous posts). I will be going to India for three weeks in January for the Humari Dunya project, and I am looking forward to that!