Financial and Structural Sustainability
One of the main goals of the Award is to help create and maintain the conditions under which the organization and project awarded will endure. Organizations often lack of financial resources which jeopardize the effective implementation of projects. Moreover, this financial situation often limits the effective use of human resources who necessarily have to focus in in-extremis fundraising efforts. Financial sustainability is achieved by a comprehensive fundraising strategy. In addition, a sustainability plan needs to consider other regular sources of income that can finance the organization’s activities.
Financial and structural sustainability are inherently connected. A solid financial structure contributes to creating a solid organizational structure. However, structural sustainability is also measured by the capacity to withstand external pressures, adapt to our fast-changing societies and deliver services in an increasing efficient way. This requires the creation of a set of tool through which the organization itself can be evaluated.
Organizational development refers to the capacity of the organization to increase its effectiveness and performance. It’s the ability to better achieve the particular goals of the organization. In that regard, indicators of success vary from one organization to another. In some cases, successful organizational development will require system improvement; in others, better distribution of tasks; building conflict resolution capacities; improving accounting mechanisms or evaluation tools; etc.
Expansion refers to the ability to make the range of action of projects bigger. Measurable indicators include an increasing number of beneficiaries, staff and volunteers, partners; more solid and substantial budget; and the creation of complementary new programs.
Building a community of practitioners is an essential indicator of organizations’ commitment to cultural understanding. Furthermore, it increases the ability of projects run by the organization to impact the global community and affect change in a more efficient manner. In times of financial and human resource limitations working in partnership within networks has a greater strategic value.
The promotion of cultural understanding at the grassroots level needs to impact societal and political levels. Structural change refers to mid-long term generalized changes of fundamental structures. Organizations can affect structural change by providing alternative successful models to managing diversity; being catalyst of new social dynamics; and, sometimes, influencing policy-making processes.
Great ideas deserve to be shared. Replication refers mainly to two processes. First, awarded projects can be a source of inspiration for other like-minded organizations that decide to implement their ideas in their particular context. This can happen spontaneously or through outreach. Second, winner organizations can expand their range of action to a different national or international context. In that case, successful replication will often come through the guidance and help from local partners, who are responsible for adapting the idea/project, considering the local history, experience and characteristics.
Media impact refers to the capacity of organizations to attract high levels of positive national and international media coverage. The assessment needs to be done comparatively with previous levels in order to verify a positive direct impact of the Award on media representation.