Partner with Us

Do you know an inspiring, community-driven organization that could use help developing a project related to health equity or community empowerment?

 

The Minga Foundation is seeking new grassroots partners in underserved communities in the United States.

  • Eligible organizations: US-based nonprofits, informal organizations, or tribal governments/organizations.
  • Funding of up to $15,000 per year for projects addressing health equity, socioeconomic well-being, and community empowerment.
  • Partnerships will include: (a) one or more short-term projects and (b) a longer-term process of collaboration and organizational development.  
  • Timeline: short form due Nov 1, 2021. Full applications and interviews will be invited approximately Dec 15, 2021. Final partner selection by March 2022.

What is Minga?

Minga is a small nonprofit that supports grassroots efforts to advance health equity and socioeconomic well-being. We fill a unique niche by working in long-term partnerships with small organizations so they can resolve locally-identified problems using their own solutions. Over the course of each partnership, we may fund multiple projects, but our support extends far beyond the dollars that we provide. We also work closely with organizations throughout the project from conception to evaluation; we help our partners expand their capacity so they can effectively compete for external grants in the future; and we help strengthen local and regional networks and ensure project sustainability.

 

Over the last 20 years, Minga has focused on health inequity internationally, addressing a broad range of “social determinants of health” including access to clinics, doctors, and vaccines; water, sanitation, and hygiene; education; reproductive health; women’s rights and gender equality; food security and food sovereignty; culturally appropriate health care for youth and stigmatized populations; and sustainable livelihoods. We typically work with a partner for 5 or more years and aim for slow, steady progress. Since the beginning, we have been committed to truly grassroots work that is decolonial, gender-inclusive, and anti-racist.

 

Issues like climate change, infectious disease, food security, gender equality, and racism and colonialism are truly universal. This year, we are excited to begin working with a U.S.-based partner in order to apply what we’ve learned internationally to address these challenges domestically. As we continue our mission to build the capacity of underserved, overlooked, and oppressed communities worldwide, we hope to create a network of organizations eager to share lessons with one another to create a better future for all people.

 

Our board members come from a variety of backgrounds and have expertise in medicine, public health and epidemiology, anthropology and social research, gender empowerment and sexual and reproductive health, environmental justice, education, agriculture and food security, economic development, and nonprofit management. Our role is to mobilize our diverse skills to support partners with tasks including monitoring and evaluation, grant writing and networking, project planning and implementation, designing community outreach/community health worker strategies, developing gender equitable programming, or any other areas that partners identify.

Our Ideal Partner

Our ideal partner advances equity and well-being through community-led health and economic programs, prioritizes the voices and needs of the most vulnerable or marginalized community members, and is inspiring and resourceful but may struggle to find external funding (whether because of their small size, recent establishment, or unconventional approach). Partners should be strong communicators who want equitable partnership. That means they can take the lead in determining partnership goals, they are looking for collaboration rather than just funding, and they can treat us as equals and hold us accountable to partnering well.

 

Organizations with projects at all stages of development are welcome to apply. We can support the birth of a new initiative or work with an established organization to develop a new project outside of their usual area of expertise. We do not have strict cut-offs, but we imagine working with organizations with up to 7 staff people and annual budgets of up to $500,000. Informal organizations without paid staff or 501(c)3 status, nonprofits with formal 501(c)3 status, and tribal governments are all eligible to apply. Minga’s expected financial contribution should be no more than $15,000 per year.

 

To give a better sense of what a partnership project might look like, here are a few examples of what we’ve done in the past.

  • In Ecuador, Minga helped establish a community-run health center and a community association to manage it. Our work also included coordinating medical volunteers to provide clinical care and health education; offering women- and children-focused health campaigns focused on reproductive health, domestic violence, vaccination, and nutrition; training (and finding local trainers for) a new network of community health workers; and helping the community association lobby the ministry of health to provide medicines and medical staff for their health center.
  • In Malawi, we worked with a well-established organization that provides HIV testing, education, counseling, and treatment. We began by providing funding for their youth-oriented programs, but they soon realized that they were not effectively modeling gender equity. At their request, we provided gender-sensitivity training to organizational staff and follow-up support for mainstreaming gender equality across their programs. We also trained staff in monitoring and evaluation and provided follow-up support for evaluations, identified grant opportunities and helped write grant proposals, and supported management regarding staffing challenges.
  • In Uganda, we worked with two relatively young organizations, providing funding and program planning support to scale up their existing work for clean water, food security gardening, and women’s empowerment. With one Ugandan partner, we have also provided start-up funding for a women-run menstrual pad production facility and bridge funding for a women’s small-scale organic farming program. Again, training in monitoring and evaluation was important for both of these partners, as was support for developing more polished project plans and final reports that would allow them to reach bigger funders in the future.

Apply to become a partner

Please browse our website to learn more about us, and to see if there’s a good match between our organizations’ missions, visions, and values.

 

If you are interested in partnering with us, please complete the Partner Application Short Form by November 1, 2021. You can either complete the google form or download our PDF form and email to brian@mingafoundation.org.

 

Initial applicants may be invited to complete a full application including an interview. A new partner will be announced in March 2022.

 

Please also help us spread the word about this opportunity.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

The Minga Family

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