By Leonardo de Angelis, Member of Rotary Club Ravenna, Italy and Coordinator of the Multi-Club Workshop
The search for international partners and funding is a particularly challenging step to implementing large scale global grants. Partnering with organizations with a common goal can help support projects. Through my experience with the Multi-Club Workshop, I’ve had the opportunity to work on several large-scales projects, and have helped secure international partners and funding for each one. We recently completed two global grant projects, one in Nepal and one in Zambia, which were supported by several Italian non-profit organizations (NPO). The value of these two projects went from US $99,000 to US $231,600. That means a 134% increase in project value, allowing us to make an even greater impact in their communities.
We encourage our Rotary friends to engage in collaborative relationships with NPOs interested in cooperating on important humanitarian projects. In our experience, we have been lucky to connect with Fondazione Taccia, an NPO based in Rimini, Italy, that funds oncological and palliative care projects. Fondazione Taccia support the Rotary Club of Ravenna’s project to improve the Palliative Care (PAC) system in Romagna.
Through our partnership with Fondazione Taccia, they’ve gained an interest in further supporting our initiatives. In fact, they will be contributing to another project aimed at building a community that helps people with dementia, which was organized by the Rotary Clubs of Cesena and Valle del Savio from District 2072 in Italy and Rotary Club of Dunwoody from District 6900 in the United States. This project will mainly focus on the training of trainers, representatives and caregivers, with specific high-level training courses in Cesena, Italy.
These two projects, along with eight other ones, will be presented at a seminar on Saturday, 8 September 2018, in Matera as part of the 12th Multi-Club Workshop. If your club is looking for international projects to support, join us at the Multi-Club Workshop to build partnerships for international projects and global grants, engage in intercultural dialogue, and inspire each other through our humanitarian projects. Over the past 11 years, 36 projects found partners and received support as a result of the Multi-Club Workshop.
The 12th Multi-Club Workshop will also be represented at the Rotary International Convention this June in Toronto. If you’re attending the Conventoin, stop by the Project Fair booth in the House of Friendship to learn more about the upcoming Multi-Club Workshop.
See you this September in Matera!