On June 28 of this year, the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO organized a fundraising strategy planning meeting in its office. The meeting was carried out with the financial support of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), which has provided six years of grant funding to the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO. At the end of the EED program, this meeting was planned for the organization to evaluate and strengthen its fundraising strategy, planning the next steps so that it has a stable financial position in the coming years and continues to work for the benefit of the Trans LGBIQ and sex worker communities.

During the meeting, the NGO’s fundraising officer presented to the staff the main aspects of effective fundraising. The team thoroughly familiarized itself with the organization’s major donors and explored possible ways to attract new donors. By analyzing the current fundraising landscape, staff identified areas for improvement, expanded the potential support base by building a list of donors, and based on that, developed the organization’s fundraising strategy for the next 3 years. In addition to reviewing the fundraising strategy, during the meeting, the staff of the Right Side NGO reviewed the financial policy of the NGO and made the necessary adjustments to ensure that the financial policy is in line with best practices. Optimizing its financial policy, the organization aims to increase transparency, accountability, and trust for both donors and supporters.

The meeting also promoted teamwork: by involving all staff in this process,  the Right Side NGO ensured that each member had a stake in the organization’s future financial stability and success.

We would like to point out that thanks to the continuous support of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO has developed from a small organization, strengthened and over the years has become a leading community organization of Trans and sex workers in Armenia and the region, which, despite the recent criseses caused by Covid19 and the war, continued its work and implemented many local and international projects. Thanks to these programs and the organization’s advocacy policy, there have been changes in the practices of state bodies for the benefit of Trans and LGBIQ people. In addition, thanks to the financial support of the European Endowment for Democracy,  the Right Side Human Rights Defender NGO has been able to provide free legal and psychological support and organize educational programs for Trans LGBIQ and sex workers, their family members, and supporters for years. Now, at the end of the EED program, the Right Side NGO is confident that with the implementation of the newly developed fundraising policy, the organization is ready to face the challenges ahead and will continue to defend the rights of Trans and LGBIQ people with the same initiative.

Jul 17, 2023 Armenia, Yerevan

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