GlobalGiving Site Visit Confirms Past Good, Heralds Promising Future

GlobalGiving’s (GG) field team visits all NGO partners to verify for donors that funds are being used appropriately and to strengthen partner NGOs’ capacity to fundraise while increasing their responsiveness to partner needs.

With late-September 2018 marking two years as one of GG’s top-ranked partners, earlier this summer, PSYDEH was thrilled to receive our first site visit from Ms. Maria Catalina Villalpando Paez, GG’s Mexico Partnership Consultant.

There, Damon Taylor, PSYDEH’s Senior Advisor discussed with Ms. Villalpando program progress and ideas on ways GG could increase services to Mexican NGOs, for example, (1) GG offering its Mexican NGO partners the ability to accept tax-deductible donations from Mexican donors, (2) one-on-one consultation with NGOs on better practices for online fundraising, and (3) more and more robust partnership opportunities like Route2Good with the global Dentsu Aegis Network.

For her part, Ms. Villalpando shared that

It was truly inspiring to learn about the work PYSDEH does in the State of Hidalgo and to know that they are working from the bottom up to achieve a profound change that will spread in the future. Their attention to detail in each one of their projects is an example for any Mexican and international organization that seeks to improve the quality of life of the people they serve.

Her report specifically recommends that PSYDEH improve its use of GG’s platform to increase Mexican national and local donors, as well as the need to explore how PSYDEH might involve its nascent network of women-led NGOs in collective fundraising strategies as another form of experiential learning. She ends her report with her observation that

PYSDEH has managed to create bonds of trust to enter and serve in indigenous rural communities where the perception of the outsider is not always positive. And they have managed, little by little, to help these communities engage in free and informed decision-making. The ‘bottom-up’ methodology by which [PSYDEH] is governed shows that deep change takes time but in the long run it is the most [impacftul].”

Ms. Villalpando invited PSYDEH to present highlights of our work and crowdfunding better practices to other Mexican NGOs at a GG event in Mexico City in late-June. And we agreed to explore ways to strengthen our partnership come fall 2018 in pursuit of win-win collaborations.