EAA’s revised strategy aims to make the Foundation play an important role in achieving the SDG 4. Wave2 Strategy groups the foundation’s objectives into 3 strategic themes with “Sustainable Organization” as a fourth overarching theme. To become a sustainable organization, EAA recognizes that there is a need to optimize resource mobilization. In 2016, 96% of EAA funding came from Qatar Fund for Development and 4% from resource mobilization.
While resource mobilization efforts were successful in 2016, there is a shift towards public-private partnerships in the nonprofit sphere. The objective of this policy brief is to start the debate about fundraising through partnerships, to shed light on innovations in global partnerships, and how EAA can adopt and adapt these innovative methods. The current resource mobilization approach used in EAA is limited and not sustainable on the long-run. EAA seeks donations from various entities over the course of short-term agreements. However, the trend on the non-profit sphere is shifting from “give big” campaigns, where NGOs seek and receive large sums of money, to “thoughtful investment”, where a donor is interested in impact, in the non-profit sphere.
For the sustainability of the organization, it is important to benchmark EAA to international and innovative methods of fundraising through long-term partnerships. However, it is important for EAA to “adapt” new fundraising approaches since EAA is in a unique position that must be considered before adopting new ideas. Currently, EAAs’ defines strategic, advocacy, resource, and implementing partnerships, which are listed below; however, each definition is challenged for a better and clearer definition. ? Strategic Partners: organizations with global reach that have a similar mission and vision as EAA, and that through their reputation and worldwide presence, support EAA with advice and access to resources and networks.
Challenge: “global reach” and “similar mission and vision” are criteria that apply to most EAA partners. The definition indicates that strategic partners support EAA with advice and access to resources and networks, however, this is overlap with the definition of resource partners. The definition and criteria of strategic partnerships must consider and/or link to EAA’s strategy. ? Implementing Partners: organizations that have a demonstrated understanding of the obstacles faced by out of school children and have implemented successful approaches to enable children to overcome these obstacles in order to access and complete a quality primary education. Challenge: EAC has a case where an implementing partner had subcontracted the implementation of the project. It is important to reflect on who should be recognized as an implementing partner. ? Advocacy Partners: organizations that bring expertise, energy, and persuasive influence to get focus and action in support of changing the situation of the millions of children who are out of school. Challenge: Advocacy partners can be considered a type of resource partners where “expertise, energy, and persuasive influence” is given to EAA.
? Resource partners: organizations that contribute to EAA’s mission through providing evidence of what works in reaching out of school children; innovation in developing the most practical, appropriate, and affordable means to addressing the obstacles faced by out of school children; and financial resources that help close the funding gap for primary education. Challenge: Currently, the 2015 and 2016 annual reports refer to donating organizations as “resource partners” which is not in line with the definition above. The definition above can describe a type of resource partnership: Research and Academic Partnerships.
Research and academic partners are experts or institutions such as universities or colleges, where the intellect and resources of members of this institution are offered to EAA. As an example, a partnership with Georgetown University in Qatar is an Academic partnership where professors give talks about topics relevant to EAA. Another example is establishing an agreement (partnership) with prominent thought leaders and experts to contribute to output such as op-ed piece, conference paper, journal publication, in partnership with EAA.