ECB Project Case Study: NGOs traditionally compete for funds; what happens when they join forces to raise money together?

ECB Project Case Study: NGOs traditionally compete for funds; what happens when they join forces to raise money together?
10 pages

Authors
Gould, Catherine
Love, Katy

Publication date
30 Sep 2011

Publisher
Oxfam GB

Series
The Emergency Capacity Building Project Resources

Type
Case study

In 2008, following a first phase of the Emergency Capacity Building Project, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation accepted a proposal from CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Save the Children, and World Vision International worth $12.3 million for a further five year joint programme. Stepping outside their traditional grant making strategy to support this innovative project, the Gates Foundation provided $5 million of core funding and the agencies pledged to fundraise together the remaining $7.3 million. While CARE manages the contract with the Gates Foundation, the other five agencies signed a memorandum of understanding outlining the project’s management structure and ways of working for the five-year joint venture. This case study recounts the agencies’ attempts to together close the $7.3 million funding gap, while launching and sustaining a $12 million programme. Three years in, the ECB Project is almost fully funded, but it has not always been a smooth journey.

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