A Dream in the Desert?

Fundraising from the Gulf Donors

Have you heard about the record-breaking grants and significant support coming from donors in the Persian Gulf? Their funding announcements have been making the headlines and the amounts of money involved have caught the attention of many NGOs, development professionals and social enterprises.

But, like so many colleagues all over the world, you are likely wondering who they really are, how they work, what the risks involved in working with them are, and most importantly—is it likely your organization would ever be able to get a grant from them. They do not operate in the same ways as many of the traditional public sector donors most grant seekers are used to, and finding information about them is often difficult.

While the potential rewards are high, the time and effort involved in getting their attention and making a successful application to them can be significant. In this course, we will share some of the knowledge we have gained while helping clients access funding from Gulf donors, and provide you with some effective strategic approaches for making your organization an attractive applicant.

Gulf donors are not appropriate for all NGOs, but for those who are able to position themselves well, a grant from them can be an organization-transforming event. Even if your organization will not pursue funding from Gulf donors, the skills and perspective, and knowledge of the fundraising landscape gained from this course will be valuable.

What will you learn from this course?

  • Gulf Donors and their priorities
  • How you can approach and network with Gulf donors
  • How you can establish a lasting, fruitful relationship with Gulf donors
  • How you can ultimately decide if one or more of these Gulf Donors would be a good fit for your organization

Who should take the course?

  • NGO managers and executive directors
  • Fundraising and development professionals for local and international NGOs
  • Non-profit consultants and consulting firms
  • Fundraisers for local NGOs and small organizations
  • Fundraisers for a cause close to their heart
  • Students

Join us to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Gulf donors from an expert who has worked with them in the past and understands this funding landscape.

Philantropia is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education in Fundraising. Full participation in “A Dream in the Desert – Fundraising from the Gulf Donors” is applicable for 3.0 points in Category 1. B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. CFRE is an independent certification for fundraising professionals that aims to set standards in philanthropy through a valid and reliable certification process for fundraising professionals.

Participation in this program may assist you in learning or reviewing concepts covered on the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) examination as detailed on the Test Content Outline provided by CFRE International. CFRE International does not sponsor or endorse any educational programs and the (educational program title) was not developed in conjunction with CFRE International.

Your Instructor

Christopher J. Varady
Christopher J. Varady

Hi, my name is Christopher. I am a development professional with 17 years of field experience. I have been exclusively focused on fundraising for the past 13 years, having raised more than $140 million for local and international clients in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia. I specialize in fundraising from institutional and non-traditional donors.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Don´t hesitate and take this course to learn everything you need to know for your NGO or social enterprise to learn how to fundraise from Gulf Donors and other non-traditional donor agencies.

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