The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community’s Compassion and Capacity Tom Nelson IVP Books, 2017 “If we are going to love our neighbor well, we must not only…
Title: Doing Good Better: How to be an Effective Board Member of a Nonprofit Organization
Author: Edgar Stoesz
Businesspeople are often asked to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations and share their wisdom and expertise (and maybe some of their wealth). With more than a million such well-meaning organizations in the United States and Canada, the potential for good is vast. Here’s some well-placed help for organizations and directors who want to do a better job.
MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) announced that Ethan Eshbach has joined the organization as coordinator, young adult engagement. Based in the Lancaster, Pa., office, Ethan will serve as a consultant to the entire MEDA engagement team, which includes marketing, resource development and association engagement.
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) announced that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance by committing to support the transition of a significant volume of payments from cash to electronic through its work with partners in improving financial services and market systems for the poor.
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, recently recognized MEDA’s sustainable approach to economic development in Ethiopia. During his visit, Minister Fantino met with weavers involved in the EDGET program Ethiopians Driving Growth through Entrepreneurship and Trade. The project receives funding from the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, and is aimed at helping 10,000 farmers and weavers to create more sustainable livelihoods for their families.
Cassava farmers in Tanzania stand to greatly benefit from three projects just launched by Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security, and Cooperatives (MAFC) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The new initiatives support efforts to develop disease-resistant cassava varieties and more sustainable seed systems through which improved varieties can be delivered…
“I never thought I would be a landowner,” Horacio Cardenes, a 36-year-old father of four explained through an interpreter on “the happiest day of [his] life.” Through the project sponsorship of Canadian Peacemakers International (CPI), based in Edmonton, the Cardenes were one of 11 peasant families in a hillside village in northern Honduras to take title to their first real house: a cement-block, two-bedroom abode.
Sasha (Sarba Shanti Ayog), a not-for-profit marketing organization, was started in Calcutta, India, 31 years ago to help craftspeople earn a decent living through improving and better promoting their products. With sustainable employment, the craftspeople are able to stay in their villages “instead of migrating to the cities and living degrading lives,” said Sasha’s executive director Roopa Mehta.
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) ended a difficult financial year in the black, and helped “almost 2.8 million families to live healthier, happier lives through 120 partnerships in 44 countries,” reported MEDA president Allan Sauder, at the annual Business as Calling convention in San Jose, Cal., Nov. 5–8.