The Annual Chapter Contribution directly supports Global Brigades’ year-round holistic development work. Use this guide to get informed about where the funds go, and learn how to execute awesome fundraisers in order to meet the fundraising deadline by December 31st! Your Chapter might even get featured!
As an organization that mobilizes 9,000+ volunteers annually, it’s impossible to discredit the impact volunteers make during the time they spend in-country on their brigade. Not only do volunteers serve as a catalyst for project implementation they also are the primary donors behind the projects themselves. In order to participate in a brigade, each volunteer fundraises for their program contribution, which covers everything needed for a successful brigade including all program-specific supplies (medications for Medical & Dental brigades, cinder blocks for Public Health brigades, etc.). Although each individual program contribution ensures projects are completed during brigades, what happens when volunteers are not in-country?
In order to guarantee that the program teams can perpetuate projects year round, all Global Brigades chapters fundraise at least $1,500 towards the annual chapter contribution. All donations made toward the annual chapter contribution directly support program specific funds that fund the year-round execution of that program. For example, the annual chapter contribution for the Medical program provides year-round healthcare in GB partner communities through training community health workers, connecting patient referral patients to the necessary healthcare services, and conducting year-round follow-up visits.
These program funds are an essential component of Global Brigades’ Sustainable Transition Plan. Once a partner community has met specific health and economic development goals and brigades are no longer necessary, GB transitions projects fully to the community and offers follow-up with local staff. The success and impact we have as an organization is now in the hands of our chapters; the more that chapters fundraise for their annual chapter contribution, the more impact we can have on the ground.
In effort to promote chapter fundraising efforts, Global Brigades is launching our first annual chapter contribution fundraising campaign. Throughout the month of December we will highlight the top fundraising chapters, share fundraising ideas, and feature program initiatives that each program fund is supporting. Is your chapter in the running to be featured? Here are some tips and the important FAQ in order for you to get started:
How do we donate towards our chapter’s annual chapter contribution? Each chapter has an annual chapter contribution that is updated live on the Global Brigades dashboard. These fundraising campaigns are housed under the chapter section of the dashboard/website.