May 28, 2018
Fig Tree Roundtable Forum – May 24th 2018
Dear Fig Tree Community
We held our second Roundtable Forum of 2018 last Thursday evening at the Kahanoff Centre. Approximately 30 people attended to discuss and share experiences around “Effectiveness” for international development. This was the second of a four-part series to explore the four guiding principles of Fig Tree: collaboration, effectiveness, sustainability, and transparency. Volunteers Marie Delaporte, Sarah Piwowarczyk, and newcomer Janet Eremenko of the Roundtable team organized a well-received event.
Opening the program was a presentation by Mike Deboski and Ryan Morrison on legacy giving structures that mutually benefit charities and benefactors. Their presentation can be found on the Fig Tree web site under the “Resources” section. Their company, Deboski & Co., were proud sponsors of this second forum of 2018 and we are grateful for their support.
The guest speaker was N’Mamah Kamara, an entrepreneur from Sierra Leone. Until 2002, She was scavenging the swamps of her country to feed her family after she was made a widow by the civil war. At that time, she took the sewing and business skills courses offered in her community by Sewing Seeds Canada, a Fig Tree Roundtable member. Since graduating, N’Mamah has opened three sewing centres and employs 18 people. In 2017, she opened her own sewing school to “pay it forward” which was financed by a joint investment from Sewing Seeds and Fig Tree. Through an interview format with Tammy Bartel, Vice-President of Sewing Seeds, N’Mamah shared her story of hope and inspiration against all odds.
Sewing Seeds invited all Roundtable members to their “Tea with N’Mamah” event to be held at Mount Royal University from 2 pm to 4 pm on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Event details can be found at http://www.sewingseedscanada.com/events/
As always, we will continue to change the world in new and wonderful ways!
Jeff Arsenych Fig Tree Foundation Strategic Advisor, Interim CEO
The Board of Directors of Fig Tree Foundation ("FTF") at their May 3, 2018 meeting approved four documents regarding the evaluation of funding proposals from our Roundtable Members.
The purpose of these documents is to streamline the existing application process and and provide greater clarification of the FTF evaluation criteria. They are the result of much work and input from across the FTF spectrum, including the Projects Team, FTF Volunteer Co-Leads, FTF Board Members, with brainstorming sessions with Roundtable Members.
The Evaluations Matrix is the first time a numerical scoring approach has been used for FTF project evaluations. The summary result will be provided to all applicants who reach Phase Two of the process. The intention is to inform a rejected applicant in sufficient detail to be of use for a future application. Approved applicants can also potentially benefit from the summary matrix evaluation to strengthen their project going forward.
Approved projects will now require a mutually-acceptable funding agreement that contains the FTF Reporting Requirements. The purpose of this contract is to clarify the responsibilities of both parties. The first two funding agreements entered into may be viewed on FTF Projects – Sewing Seeds (Sierra Leone) and Open To Grow (Nicaragua).
All of the four approved templates are available to download on the FTF web site. The review process remains the same as described in the projects flow chart. Timing of the FTF Board meetings will shape the flow of project recommendations. Confirmed future FTF Board meetings are June 27, 2018 and September 19, 2018.
Fig Tree Foundation Strategic Advisor