October 11, 2013
I had the opportunity to visit with Lori Acton and Vanessa Crowley of Fount of Mercy in July, 2013. The objective of my visit was to understand the impact Fount of Mercy was having on the community, the programs that were being implemented, as well as scout opportunities for my organization to partner with them. What I experienced was exceptional professionalism, clarity of mission and detail-oriented execution. Fount of Mercy's integration of Ugandan staff with minimal US-based staff management indicated their model is working. Also, visiting their Ugandan-managed vocational workshop confirmed that Fount of Mercy is committed to local ownership and management solutions. Fount of Mercy represents how a non-profit organization should be operating within another community: by leveraging that community's assets and infrastructure to promote inside-out transformation.
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Establish a broader donor base and fund-raising platforms to diversify financial support networks.
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