Green Empowerment works with rural partners and communities around the globe to improve and create systems and projects designed to ensure long-term economic and environmental sustainability. These projects help communities, individuals and families pave their own pathway to prosperity through the partnerships with local partnerships. In order to support the implementation of these projects, funding is needed. Green Empowerment doesn’t specifically state where the majority of their funding comes from, however I believe it to be from partnerships and donors mainly in the U.S.. With transparency and engagement, I believe that the organization could expand on their funding while engaging others with their projects even more.
The What, Who, and How
The topic of funding can be connected back to our lessons surrounding effective action and effective altruism this semester in ENVS 295. Effective action is seen as individuals or groups taking action in the most efficient and meaningful manner that makes it so the outcome is the most beneficial to the greatest number of people. This is achieved by helping one another in the most effective and efficient ways. Effective Altruism stresses the importance of monetary donations to alleviate problems, however the concept does tend to neglect the importance of other forms of progress by taking an individualistic approach. In saying this, effective altruism makes a good point that it is possible to make a difference at little personal cost.
This brings me to two potential ways I think Green Empowerment could expand funding while spreading awareness of their mission. One possible way is through merchandising, such as creating reusable water bottles, stickers or shirts that share the goals and hopes of the nonprofit. By raising money through selling goods, it engages others as well. Another idea is Peer to Peer fundraising, which I believe would be a great project implementation into the organization. This approach to fundraising includes walkathons, bikeathons, and other community engaging events. Peer to Peer fundraising encourages donors to reach out to their friends and family to engage a larger community in their fundraising effort. Not all events and programs have to be centered around monetary donations either. They can be focused on simply gaining support and spreading the word of good work being done. The sole goal of the project is not to just bring funding in, but gain awareness so that the organization’s cause is truly highlighted. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, bringing groups together to support rural partners and communities (involving fundraising or not) would benefit the organization.
The sole goal of the project is not to just bring funding in, but gain awareness so that the organization’s cause is truly highlighted.”
By strengthening their name and network even further than they already have, Green Empowerments’ support system could continue to grow and meet their goals of helping communities around the world. Effective altruism and monetary mechanisms are not the only ways in which this can be achieved and I do not believe asking for money or donations is the answer to everything nor is it the organizations’ biggest need. However, it is a potential step that could be taken that could possibly benefit them and be in their future interest.