We’re always on the look-out to start partnerships with African-based social innovators, working for people living below the poverty line on solutions on income opportunities, food security & climate, or education.
Why? As iMPACT direct it is our principal goal to support African NGOs to leverage impact in the aid sector.
What does iMPACT direct offer to partnering NGOs?
What kind of NGOs can apply for a partnership with iMPACT direct?
Please check full criteria and exclusions in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below, before you start the application.
Please, do read the criteria first to see if your NGO is eligible for a partnership.
We are looking for partnerships with African-based social innovators, that are:
Apart from the main criteria above:
In West Africa we focus on:
In East Africa we focus on:
However, you can also apply from other countries in Sub Sahara Africa.
Please do know, that the selection process is a bit harder for us, when you’re outside of our focus countries, where our colleagues we can easily travel to, to visit you. And thus, chances might be a bit lower to get selected.
On the other hand, we do love to bring great social innovators who can show great (first) results on board – and so you can apply and then we may decide to support you in the current year, or whenever we are ready for the country you work in.
Please note that our website and team are not yet ready for non-English speaking countries yet. Although we hope to be able to cater for French-speaking countries in the near future. Please, sign up if you want to be kept updated on when we open for French-speaking countries.
Yes, we do not collaborate with:
And we don’t support:
We are 365 days per year open for application:
We select new partners – at least once a year – in the meantime we can already start updating you on events, training and opportunities for NGOs.
In 2022, we will select new partnering NGOs in September and October:
If not selected:
From partnering NGOs, we request the following:
We like to make it as simple as it can get, and so we provide formats and tools for getting great project pages and stories and for measuring impact. And of course, we are ready to help and mentor on that, whenever needed.
What’s more, we facilitate:
Please note that iMPACT direct is a young foundation that is still building the organisation together with a small team of staff and volunteers. It means that we work hard and passionately to make the change we want to see – but also that we are still testing parts of what we do, may fail and adapt again – and that our partnering NGOs shape the initiative with us. In short, we are not always perfect – and we try to do a lot with just a few hands – so besides our first great successes, some things sometimes need some extra time.
If you are all in for that, because you are genuinely supporting our mission – and love to join change in the making – we really hope you take the step to apply!
It is good to keep in mind that working with iMPACT direct, and thus fundraising and co-promoting your activities together to (potential) donors, takes time and it’s never a 100% certain that we reach the target amount set. Moreover, it can happen that the donations come in later than you planned for.
Of course, each year we set a realistic amount, that we are confident to be able to raise.
In 2022, we aim to collect for around €10,000 per NGO, and we hope we can raise this amount with time. Three times a year – or upon request – iMPACT direct transfers 95% of all donations made to your NGO.
We plan for partnerships that take at least 3 years. Together we discuss the partnership after each year, to see if it’s beneficial to both parties to indeed extend the partnership.
After 3 years we discuss together with you if your NGO is ready to make sustainable impact and get funds to that on its own, or that we need to extend the partnership for a longer period of time.
It’s also possible to see if there are different ways of having a partnership within or after the 3 years. For example, some NGOs have a specialised expertise that they want to scale to other NGOs and CBOs in their region. iMPACT direct could play a supportive role in scaling, for instance in a different type of partnership.
At iMPACT direct, we facilitate direct donations to locally-led NGOs. Although, technically our system doesn’t support actual direct donations from donor to your NGO (yet), we do facilitate transferring 95% of the total donations directly to your NGOs’ project.
Moreover, it is the NGO to decide how to spend it. That is what we mean by ‘unconditional’. Of course, the donations must be spent to the mission of your NGO. And of course, you inform (potential) donors at our website what you plan to do with the target amount, and then you update and report again on progress, adaptions that occured, and results.
We believe it is important, that local experts and communities decide on how the budget they have is best spent to achieve their mission.
We believe that actual partnerships in which partners can achieve at their best, needs trust-based relations. For us this includes:
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