Project & Mentoring Circles
We provide strategic advice on capacity building to grassroots women’s focused organisations.
Giving Women is not a grant maker and we do NOT support our projects financially. We rather make an impact on the lives of women and girls in need through project support and mentoring, recognising the value of capacity building. Our members contribute their time, expertise and knowledge to re-enforce the work of our selected projects. These areas may include capacity building, technical support, practical advice or other forms of non-monetary support such as developing a fundraising strategy.
By professionalising our projects, their work becomes more sustainable and impactful.
How we support projects
Giving Women support is provided by our diverse and engaged membership on a voluntary basis. Through Project Circles, members offer their time, expertise and skills to the selected projects. A Project Circle (PC) is a group of Giving Women members who collaborate to support a project sourced, screened and presented at a Giving Women project evening.
Sounding Board & Mentorship
We provide an opportunity for the project owners to articulate concerns and challenges that they are facing in a safe and caring space. We then accompany them in a process to define how they can address these concerns and challenges.
Organisational & Strategic Development
Projects we work with are often at a cross-roads where they need to re-evaluate their strategic direction and strengthen their organisational structures. We help in this process which helps them to grow and become more sustainable.
Communications & Marketing
Often, lean and under-resourced projects lack a clear communications and marketing strategy which is essential for them to articulate their mission and thus attract funding opportunities. We help them craft this strategy by asking the necessary difficult and pertinent questions resulting in clear and concise communications.
Good governance supports the efficiency and sustainability of an organisation. We come in and evaluate their current structures, helping to identify what is not working and where needed, restructuring and reactivating the governing board.
Giving Women does not provide funding or fundraising services to any of the projects we support. We do, however, help our projects to optimise their fundraising strategies and activities.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Core to any social impact driven organisation is a strong monitoring and evaluation process. We encourage the projects to go through tried and tested processes to help them develop a robust monitoring and evaluation process essential for donor reporting and assessment of the project’s impact.