I agree @AhmedMohamed - financial sustainability is certainly a major challenge for many legal empowerment organizations!
I found yesterday’s discussion on financial sustainability fascinating - exchange participants shared some of their experiments and @michaelotto also spoke about approaches and insights that he has seen elsewhere.
@kasida_abdul shared how Haki na Sheria has tried to engage the local business community in Garissa, Kenya. The organization has explored asking for financial contributions from business people in exchange for access to legal support. A “membership scheme” is under consideration for the future. Some in-kind contributions from business people and even community support - such as organizing refreshments for special outreach or registration events - have also been helpful.
@LieslHeila talked about how Lawyers for Human Rights tried a crowdfunding campaign to support the costs of DNA tests for stateless children who lacked birth certificates. The angle of children’s rights helped the campaign gather support - and it helped that the organization already had a wide network through which they could spread the word about the campaign.
Other approaches included client contributions, building on events run by other organizations, and running a social enterprise… but the challenges of running a profitable business can’t be understated!
I also appreciate approaches for expanding reach and impact without further costs - like the “pay it forward” effort at Nubian Rights Forum in which paralegals ask each of their clients to assist two more people in the community after the successful completion of their case. Ripple effects are powerful!
I love learning from these ideas and look forward to continuing the conversation!