Faculty Seed Grant for Research Collaboration

University of Oregon’s (UO) Office of International Affairs seeks to seed mutually beneficial research collaboration between UO Faculty and a GlobalPDX member organization. The Seed Grant will support the grant writing process for a UO faculty member who develops a collaborative research project with a GlobalPDX member. Find out more.

Call for research study participants

Join this opportunity to be part of the first-ever research study on nonprofit philanthropic travel. While many nonprofits are taking their supporters overseas to experience their missions first hand, little exists in the way of research or statistics for such travel programs. Philanthropy without Borders is embarking on a ground-breaking research study to gather perspectives and data from participants that will inform best practices and future trip implementation, helping nonprofits sustain their important work for years to come.

Survey participants must have 1) made a financial contribution (of any size) to a U.S. or Canada-based organization with international programs, and 2) traveled outside of the U.S. or Canada, on a structured tour with that same organization. Travel must have occurred after 2001.

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Metrics and Measurements for Travel Programs

By Caliopy Glaros, Philanthropy Without Borders

Every day there are nonprofits running travel programs for donors, board members, and volunteers, without having any metrics in place to determine the program’s success. We’re all very familiar with the metrics and measurements we use in our mission-related work (also called Monitoring & Evaluation), as well as the benchmarks and goals we set for fundraising (as outlined in the Development Plan). Yet travel programs, especially when they are not fully managed by one individual from one department, frequently fall into a grey area where they are not being measured.

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Three Kinds of Philanthropic Travel Programs

By Caliopy Glaros, Philanthropy Without Borders

While there can be a lot of variety in terms of structure, purpose, and implementation, most philanthropic travel programs tend to fall into one of three categories.

It is helpful to understand these categories and distinctions so that you can evaluate your organization’s current travel program and the associated benefits and challenges. For organizations who have yet to begin their donor travel program, getting a sense of what others are doing could be a helpful guide in determining where you want to head.

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