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How to Grow a Nonprofit with an International Footprint

Wisdom for Nonprofits Podcast

How to Grow a Nonprofit with an International Footprint

Nonprofits address needs across the globe, providing a better quality of life to the families and communities they serve. Starting a new nonprofit takes dedication, research, and attention to detail. Planning is the first step and is essential when starting any new business or corporation, which applies to any nonprofit.

If your nonprofit is supporting people locally, and you are thinking of offering your services internationally, you will learn some tips on getting there from an expert.

Today, Nuka Solomon is the CEO of Free Wheelchair Mission; she has been in the organization since 2017. She has the overall operational responsibility for Free Wheelchair Mission programs and management of its team, leading the strategic planning process and implementing programmatic strategic initiatives for the organization’s growth.

Nuka has extensive experience in nonprofit fund development and operations, corporate giving, and mass-and-major-donor event fundraising. She also has expertise in identifying ways to engage and grow philanthropic giving within affinity groups or donor segment groups.

Nuka previously led significant gifts fundraising and development operations for United Way of Greater Los Angeles, focused on finding permanent solutions to poverty-related issues in L.A. County. She also has previous experience in nonprofit fundraising through The Vision Center of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and The Luminaires of the Doheny Eye Institute, Pacific Palisades Women’s Club, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Nuka graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in studio art and has two young adult children. Because of her Haitian heritage, she felt called to work with an organization making a significant impact in Haiti—providing renewed dignity, independence, and hope through the gift of mobility, at no cost, to wheelchair recipients and their families.

During today’s conversation, here’s what we will cover:

  • The importance of thinking strategically to operate abroad.
  • How to work having in mind a long-term vision
  • How to create a business plan and involve your whole team. 
  • How to choose partners to go abroad.
  • Dealing with different cultures and languages.
  • How to replace partners when needed.
  • Strategic pieces of training for international partners.
  • Fundraising for international programs.

Betina Meyer Pflug, our host, is an entrepreneur, a business and life coach, a marketing and CRM specialist with a passion for supporting nonprofit professionals. She has a degree in hotel management, received her MBA from Rotman School in Canada, and has completed three different coaching certifications, including a specialization in facilitating nonprofits, life coaching, and biopsychology to promote positive mental attitudes for mental and physical wellbeing. If you want to know more about her work, visit the website https://wity.tech/nonprofits/ and schedule a quick call if you are interested in having a mentor.

Nuka’s Linkedin

Free Wheelchair Mission Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / Linkedin / Youtube

Weekly Newsletter: Subscribe to our email newsletter to stay up to date for inspiring stories of lives transformed by the gift of mobility and for important updates on our mission.

Send My Chair: This is a way to send an Honor or Memorial card on behalf of a loved one with the minimum donation of $96 (one wheelchair).

Become an Ambassador: Free Wheelchair Mission ambassadors help spread the word about our mission and invite others to join them and make a difference.

Volunteers: Learn more about how to volunteer with Free Wheelchair Mission.

Move for Mobility: Join our Move for Mobility event to help provide the gift of mobility. (runs throughout May)

Wheelhouse webinars: Check out the recordings of our past webinars and keep an eye out on our social media for upcoming new webinars.

Website: https://www.freewheelchairmission.org/

Email: [email protected]

Wity Website: wity.tech

Wity Social Media: Facebook / Instagram / LinkedIn / Twitter / Youtube

 

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