|[November 15, 2012]
Columbian NGOs Discuss Volunteerism at National Conference
MIAMI --(Business Wire)--
CoreStrategies for Nonprofits, Inc., principals Gail Meltzer CFRE, Robyn
Fern Perlman and Terrie Temkin Ph.D., recently appeared as keynote
speakers and workshop facilitators at the Colombia National Conference
on Volunteerism 2012 in Armenia, Colombia. The trip was sponsored by The
Florida Association of Volunteers in Action for the Caribbean and the
Americas (FAVACA) as part of a U.S. State Department grant.
The conference, presented by the Colombian government ministry
Organizaciones Solidarias brought together nearly 800 volunteers from
across Colombia. The volunteers represented large urban NGOs as well as
remote indigenous and African descendant populations. Outcomes of the
conference will be presented to a special government commission, which
is responsible for setting the 2013 government agenda on national
"This was an opportunity for us to discuss nonprofit management
including fundraising, board development, media relations and public
policy as practiced in the United States," said Perlman. "With the
implementation of the U.S. - Colombian free trade agreement, NGOs and
government ministries are anxious to develop strong public-private
partnerships with American companies entering their markets."
Colombia has a long history of volunteerism. They are anxious to
reconstruct their ideas about volunteerism particularly in developing
partnerships with potential donors. "The staff and volunteers of the
organizations were eager to learn about the American model of
engagement, of building trust and friendships among those who are
working to improve lives and communities," said Meltzer. "While this
model is not commonly used among the participants they understood the
immense value it brings."
The role of government, the need for strategic planning and
accountability were also topics for discussion. "As we met with
representatives from organizations like Colombia's Cancer Society,
Scouting, Red Cross and YMCA, we repeatedly heard how practical and easy
to implement our suggestions were for putting conversations first in
order to build relationships with the government and ensure
accountability," said Temkin.
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The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the
Americas, Inc. (FAVACA) is a private not for profit organization
formed in 1982 by Florida Governor (now former U.S. Senator) Bob Graham.
FAVACA's Florida International Volunteer Corps is the only program of
its kind in the country and enjoys statutory authority under Section
288.0251 Florida Statutes. A state appropriation, voted annually since
1986, provides a funding base for an estimated 100 volunteer missions to
Latin America and the Caribbean each year.
Organizaciones Solidarias is an agency of the Colombian
government whose mission is to promote, strengthen and develop
entrepreneurially Solidary Organizations for the prosperity and support
of the economic sectors and regions of the Country.
For more information, photos and interviews please contact Robyn Perlman
(305) 725 4777 or by email email@example.com.
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