Category Archives: Setting up a non-profit

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How much of my dollar goes towards educating girls?

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Here’s a question we get asked a lot: “How much of my hard-earned money will actually help the girls and women in Africa?” People don’t always put it that way – often they ask things like: “How much money gets spent on Admin? How much on Fundraising? On Operations?” Basically they’re trying to work out if their money will actually make an impact. And that’s a question worth asking. If you’re one of our supporters, you deserve to know how your money is being used. And if you’re fundraising for us, you can be sure people will ask you these kinds…

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Meet the volunteers that make the magic happen

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Our volunteers are incredibly important to us – we literally couldn’t function without them. They help us with everything from campaigns and comms to admin and accounting. If you’ve ever received a school dress, a campaign update, or a video from us, there’s a good chance a One Girl volunteer helped make it happen. They keep our technology humming and our shop singing. They make achieving our mission to educate and empower girls possible. So we do whatever we can to make sure our vollies love working with us as much as we love having their support. Often they have…

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How we stay nimble: 3 reasons why we DON’T tie funding

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Impact is the new black. In the not-for-profit world, people want to know that their support is actually making a difference. And that’s smart. We’ve all heard too much about wasted funds, inefficient operations and less than perfect ethics to just hand over our money and leave it up to an organisation to do their thing. Instead we want to know how our money will be used, and crucially how lives will be changed as a result of our support. We want to know: “What’s my impact?” So it’s no surprise that people sometimes ask us if they can tie…

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Why development partnerships are a lot like falling in love

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We have a new partner in our life, and we can’t wait for you to meet them. But before we introduce you, we’ve got to back up a bit to answer one of the most common questions we are asked as a non profit: How does One Girl educate girls? Or, how does One Girl actually reach and educate girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda – and how do we know we’re having an impact? There are lots of ways to answer this question, but the first thing we do is we work in partnership. One Girl as an organisation…

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Losing luggage and finding hope: my first trip to Sierra Leone & Uganda

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Stepping off the plane at 4 AM in Lungi, Sierra Leone, two things hit me immediately. First was the heat – the air is so heavy that it feels like you’re breathing through a warm, wet towel. The second thing was the emptiness – while Freetown is surrounded by large mountains, Lungi is very flat and I could see far, far into the distance without the glow of electricity to obscure the view. Travelling to Sierra Leone and Uganda for a Monitoring and Evaluation trip, I knew I was going to be busy – really busy. Our Programs Manager, Anita,…

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How to Start Your Own Community Project, Business or Non-Profit

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My stomach sank. It was another no. Another ‘no thanks’. Another ‘I appreciate the offer, but it’s not for me.’ Rejection. It’s gross. It’s uncomfortable – and when you’re trying to start anything, a business, a community project or a non-profit – it’s part of the journey. Starting One Girl meant that we were faced with an endless stream of rejections – if only I’d known at the beginning this was just one hurdle in the role of ‘starting something’, perhaps I wouldn’t have spent so much time not believing in myself or thinking that I’d messed up. And rejection…

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How many cents in the dollar actually go to helping the girls you work with?

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So this is the second blog post in our #AskACharity series – and it’s a great question! And one that is often asked in a variety of different ways. How much money get’s spent on admin? Fundraising? Operations? How much of what you raise actually helps the girls? Our answer to these questions? All of it. EVERY cent of the dollar you donate goes towards helping the girls we work with – it’s just that some of it goes more directly to helping the girls than others. We know that many people get uncomfortable around admin / fundraising and operation…

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3 Surprising Reasons Why You Should Set BIG & SCARY Goals (that may make you want to pee your pants)

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“No seriously Chantelle – I thought you were delusional. Like I know you guys like to set big goals but I wondered if maybe you hadn’t done the math. Maybe you were shooting for the moon and landing in the stars. But I didn’t want to burst your bubble and tell you that educating 1 million girls by 2020 probably wouldn’t happen…” It’s 8pm and we’re sitting around a board room table. One of our newest board members (Marty) had burst into uncomfortable laughter in the middle of his board induction. “Bahahaha! I get it! I get it now! You’re…

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