Local fundraising example:
Reconstruction of Kisozi Health Center
Net fin result (€)
|Funding needed for||Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of Kisozi Health Center|
|Period of action||10 October 2021 - 10 January 2022|
|In-kind donations raised||Yes|
|Types of donations||Cash, in-kind (building materials) and service (labour)|
|Types of donors||Individuals and local business people|
SummaryOn August 25, 2021, a heavy rain storm destroyed the whole roof of Kisozi Health Center, resulting in major damage to the structure and the interior. A committee was set up to raise funds for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the centre. A variety of fundraising activities and good publicity led to cash donations, at least 10 in-kind contributions and 5 volunteers offering their services. Reconstruction is on its way, while fundraising continues.
Tips and lessons learned
1. Organising a local fundraising campaign is hectic but interesting and facilitates engagement with the community.
2. It is difficult to organise fundraising amongst local people in a rural setting, due the mindset of always being on the receiving end. But through local networking and sensitisation through local councils and councillors to create buy in, we managed to mobilise people to give.
3. When you identify a project that concerns all people, regardless of age, religion or tribe, like a health project, people will be willing to contribute.
4. There is potential for fundraising in the communities we serve, especially among the influential and business people.
Review by Wilde Ganzen Foundation
Egoli Africa realised that it would be difficult to raise funds among people who have always been on the receiving end. They decided they needed publicity and managed to have their message on community audio towers and vehicles mounted with loudspeakers. Then they approached influential and business people, asking for their support and held a meeting with local leaders. This created an atmosphere in which everybody wanted to participate and people were actually beginning to donate and contribute. According to Egoli Africa, the result is 'Unity and togetherness among community members' and a willingness to work together to bring this project to a successful conclusion.
Short description of the organisation the funds were raised for
Egoli Africa is a CBO founded in 2016. It is located in Bukyatifu village, Namaganda parish in Kisozi sub county, Kamuli district. The CBO works around the thematic areas of education, health, agriculture and women empowerment.
Short description of the project or programme the funds were raised for
Kisozi Health Center is a community health centre which was established by an individual and later handed over to the community of Kisozi. This health centre serves the whole subcounty of Kisozi. The services offered at the health centre include immunisation, family planning, maternal health care and other related health activities. The health centre was already in bad condition when strong winds blew off the roof and broke down the building.
Summary of fundraising action
Fundraising strategies included church collections and use of motorcycles for charity community rides to collect money.
There was an advertisement on community audio towers and vehicles mounted with loudspeakers also promoted the cause.
We identified people who were influential and rich like local politicians and shop owners, having capacity to give. These people would be individually approached.
And last, but not least, we organised an end of year fundraising event.
1. To get funds to reconstruct the health centre.
2. To revamp the maternity ward.
3. To replace equipment at the health centre, for example labotatory fridges.
Local politicians, shop owners, community well-wishers
|Cost/benefit||National currency (UGX)||Euro|
|Total amount raised||11||2,995|
|(-) Total amount invested||0||0|
|Net amount raised||11||2,995|
Unity and togetherness among community members
Experience in fundraising
Description of preparatory work
1. A fundraising committee was set up to discuss what strategies would yield results.
2. A community meeting with local leaders was held to create 'buy in'.
3. Developing bills of quantities for the construction.
4. Drawing up a budget.
Description of implementation
When we received funds from the different collections, we held a meeting with the fundraising committee to go through the budget and identify items that were of priority. The committee also carried out a binding session to select the person to construct the health centre. The committee identified 3 people to undertake construction, the lowest bidder was picked, construction is at wall plate. Then the next phase will involve setting up the maternity ward.
Follow up: Donor appreciation and acknowledgement
We used the local community audio towers radios to send out customised messages appreciating donors and sharing progress.
Plans to repeat the action
Yes, because the funds collected were not enough to fully cater for the refurbishment of the Health Center. We are yet to decide on the strategy with the fundraising committee.