3 tools for Jamaican nonprofits

A different type of accountability

Always giving

Jamaican individuals and organizations in the Diaspora play an important role in supporting causes they care about in Jamaica. Sometimes it is just one person who sends back barrels of clothes, books and other supplies to their communities; at other times it is groups such as nurses, educators or alumni associations supportive of specific areas that send support on a larger scale.

It is vitally important that when funds are raised from the community, contributors know how those contributions helped their cause.

1. Analyzing data

Establishing joint goals with the entity you’re supporting in Jamaica is key when setting benchmarks of success. Be specific in setting up those goals, then set milestones to meet along the way to accomplishing those goals. For example, if you’re funding an education program then you’ll want to know how many students are in need, how many you can help (based on your resources) and how many students you expect to successfully complete the program.

Set milestones to check on their progress (e.g. midpoint and end of education course) to measure overall if the money you spent resulted in all your students passing. If not, look at what were the roadblocks and how can those be addressed.

2. Buying vs sending money

Limit cash payments as cash transactions are not easy to trace and can be misused. On the other hand, having a receipt for blocks, cement and steel for a community, or church building for example, will be valuable to the recipients, while at the same time creating more accountability about how the funds are spent.

Mangoerrands enables nonprofits to more effectively manage and monitor their support by creating a record of what is purchased and who collects, or benefits from these purchases.

3. Provide evidence to funders

When fundraisers can demonstrate the impact of the funds they receive, funders naturally are more willing to continue or increase their support.  Create reports from the goals established with the organisations in Jamaica, and the documented purchases made, to provide a report to funders on the problems and progress facing their cause.

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