Mission Development Office
What is the Mission Development Office? www.goodshepherdinternationalfoundation.org
The Mission Development Office was created in 2007 by the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome to: - Develop and expand a global network of donors and partners willing to support Good Shepherd Sisters’ ministries in the developing countries; - Prepare project proposals in collaboration with the GSS units in Africa, Asia and Latin America to match them with prospective international donors and submit applications for funding; - Link with the donors to manage the grants and support the sisters in reporting to improve the projects’ accountability; - Train sisters and lay partners in grant-seeking and project management; - Raise awareness of Good Shepherd Sisters’ initiatives in poverty eradication, human trafficking, peace building at global level. Since 2007 the MDO has: • Worked on approximately 200 requests for funds submitted by Good Shepherd Sisters from 28 countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Senegal, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Angola, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Perù, Bolivia, Chile); - Submitted over 190 applications for funds to international funding agencies and private donors; - Consolidated the network of traditional catholic funding agencies (Misean Cara Ireland, Missio Aachen, Kindermissionswerk, MIVA NL, Misereror, Italian Bishops Conference, Hilton Fund, Koch foundation) who have been supporting the sisters in the past and created relationships with new agencies and private donors; - Improved the overall quality of the proposals presented to the funding agencies, increased their level of accountability, and contributed to raise the profile of the Good Shepherd Sisters with international partners and in the social media community; - Achieved a success rate in grant-seeking of 80%; - Created a new website www.goodshepherdinternationalfoundation.org featuring the projects of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supported by the MDO and developed an active community on the Social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GSIFoundation and Twitter https://twitter.com/GSSIFoundation In 2008 the Mission Development Office has been registered in Italy as the Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Congregational Leadership Team. The Board is chaired by the Executive Director.