Topic 4: Can your project be an investment?

Understanding why investors might hesitate to support development projects is crucial for NGOs seeking sustainable funding. By reframing your project as an investment opportunity, you can appeal to a broader range of funding sources beyond traditional grants.

The paradigm of investment in development projects is shifting. By framing your project as an investment opportunity, you can attract a diverse range of investors who are aligned with your mission and vision. The image below highlights a few strategies that help you present your project as an investment:

In summary, presenting your project as an investment opportunity involves highlighting its potential for financial returns alongside positive social or environmental impacts, emphasising the evolving landscape of investment in development projects, and strategically targeting investors seeking both financial and social returns. By framing your project in this way, you can attract investors who are not only motivated by profit but also by the desire to create meaningful change in the world.

Should this project be an investment?

Welcome to our NGO Quick Guide mini webinar video, where we explore why your project should be viewed as an investment opportunity. Some of you may be familiar with MZN International’s webinars and events, and about a year and a half ago, MZN launched Human Planet Ventures, our investor advisory firm. Since then, we’ve actively engaged with investors worldwide and successfully facilitated several investments. 

Now, let’s dive into the core topic of this webinar: why your project should be seen as an investment opportunity. Watch the video below.

1 hr Webinar / interactive live session– Introduction to donor and funding types

Over the next hour, we’ll explore the diverse landscape of donors and funding types, uncovering valuable insights and practical strategies to enhance your organisation’s fundraising efforts. From government grants to corporate sponsorships, we’ll dive into the various channels through which NGOs can secure vital resources to support their missions.

But this webinar isn’t just about passive learning – it’s about active engagement and meaningful dialogue. Throughout our session, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in polls, ask questions, and share your own experiences and perspectives with our community of like-minded professionals. So, whether you’re seeking to diversify your funding streams, deepen donor relationships, or simply broaden your understanding of the funding ecosystem, you’ve come to the right place. 

Date: 28th May – 13h00 -14h00 CET

Topic: Introduction to donor and funding types.

Link: Click on the link below to join the Webinar.

Webinar Link

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Host: Hande Akpinar

Module conclusion

Throughout this Module, we’ve examined the pressing challenges and promising opportunities that define today’s world, from the urgent imperative to combat climate change to the necessity for businesses to innovate and collaborate. We’ve explored practical strategies for securing funding, including:

  • identifying new donors, 
  • ensuring financial stability, and 
  • fostering partnerships with businesses while prioritising innovation and workforce well-being. 

Additionally, we’ve explored the diverse funding avenues available to NGOs, ranging from government grants to individual donations, using tools like the NGO funding grid to pinpoint the most suitable funders for our objectives.

This Module has underscored the indispensable role of NGOs in driving positive change and addressing global issues, demonstrating how aligning our proposals with broader solutions can attract the support needed for a brighter future. As we conclude, let’s remember that fundraising and donor engagement are ongoing endeavours that demand continuous learning, adaptation, and collaboration. By working together and remaining committed to our shared goals, we can create a more sustainable and prosperous world for all.