A needs assessment done by RFSL in during the spring of 2017 identified fundraising as a main challenge among LGBTQ organisations in the Western Balkans. Therefore, RFSL's international training program, Rainbow Academy, created Rainbow Fundraising – a week-long fundraising-training, tailor made for LGBTQ-organisations.
In October 2017, 20 participants from the Western Balkans met in Tetovo, Macedonia, to participate in Rainbow Fundraising.
The training offered opportunities to learn about different fundraising strategies, share best-practices, as well as to receive feedback on concrete proposals or fundraising activities from leading experts in the field. The focus was to provide participants with a toolbox of different methods for resource mobilization.
Four external expert facilitators contributed to the sharing of knowledge and a wide range of topics were covered including digital campaigning, proposal writing and tackling donor dependency.
I feel like this training will be a turning point in my activist work and I’m very grateful I got to take a part in it.