We search the world to find inspiring people and organizations who share our mission and vision, and then we work with them to design and scale programs.
Choosing a location
Our partners select locations based on geography and assessments of need. For larger projects—incubators—we send an expert to the ground to conduct a comprehensive field report and analysis of the location. We also consider the potential for building strong relationships with local stakeholders, risk of overlap with the work of other organizations and availability of volunteers. Additionally, a community's willingness to participate is important, since strong programs require buy-in and participation to sustain programs over time.
Finding the rigtht approach
Context drives which type of program is appropriate for an area. Factors (such as location) play a major part, but so do cultural factors (like a community’s comfort level with the approach and design). We utilize technology and activities when needed to address these issues and rely heavily on local partners to make it culturally relevant.
Before designing any program, we do our homework with a lot of research in identifying the problem(s) facing a community. We try our best to be problem focused and not solution focused with designing a program.
Selecting a Partner
We select partners based on how well they align with our mission and vision. We assess the quality of their programs, as well as things like resources available. In order to ensure that the brand is used responsibly, we also look at their operational capacity and fiduciary responsibility. Every new or potential partner is subject to this vetting process, plus a field visit.
Each of our projects has a plan in place so that local stakeholders can make sure that the programs continue year after year if possible. We invest in forming strong advisors, partnering with local government, and utilizing the "train the trainer" model.
Monitoring and Evaluating
Understanding when projects aren’t functioning helps us learn how to make them more successful. Our teams ensure that all of our projects are carefully monitored during and after implementation. We frequently check up on our work in the field and we bring in external advisors to independently assess our programs and projects.
In the end, we map every completed project on our website using Google Maps so supporters can see exactly where we work, the types of projects we support in each area and the number of people being helped. Additionally, we create profiles of participants reached.