OS.03 Building Organizational Sustainability

The changing climate of funding for local organizations

Sustainability and autonomy are fundamental to organizational survival. This includes the relevance of missions and objectives and the organization or group’s capacity, effectiveness and accountability in delivering goals. It also includes financial security and the ability to access the support needed to implement the work. All of these factors are interlinked. Most of local NGOs are depend on only one or two grant based funding sources for the majority of their budget. This poses risks for the organization, while limiting the organization’s autonomy and ability to develop strategic directions that may be different from the key donors’ mandates. Meanwhile, the global economic crisis is having a major impact on agencies strategies in program funding.

IDEP’s trainings directly contribute to increasing the capacity of Indonesian NGOs, providing clear benefits to those that are serious about organizational professionalism

The role that Indonesia’s NGOs play

Local NGOs need to creatively diversify their funding sources. This training can help local NGOs to develop fundraising strategies that can increase their organization’s sustainability and autonomy.

This workshop will help organizations to be more able to:

  • Plan more diversified core funding structures
  • Understand who may offer appropriate funding
  • Present programs to attract support
  • Establish business units & on-line fundraising strategies
  • Seek support from business and the private sector

About this training

This intensive 5-day workshop covers the principles and practices of increasing organizational sustainability. It helps local programs and NGOs to look more strategically at solution for identifying funding needs and preparing and implementing strategies for increasing long-term stability and sustainability.

This training’s modules include:

  • Organizational autonomy and sustainability
  • Core funding strategies for NGOs
  • Institutional budget development & strategic fundraising
  • How to generate more support for your organization
  • How to manage donations appropriately
  • Strategies for increasing self-generated income
Participants must have their own computers (with minimum 512mb of RAM, 1 GHz Processor and WiFi) to do this training. If they are not able to bring this equipment themselves it can be rented from IDEP. Rental fees will apply.

At the completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • The principles of organizational autonomy and sustainability
  • Basic strategies for increasing autonomy and sustainability
  • More confident to deliver their organization’s mission autonomously
  • Identify and develop strategic approaches to fundraising

IDEP trainings provide you with

Expert trainers: IDEP’s team works directly with communities and NGO partners throughout the country. The team has assisted in capacity building NGOs in Aceh, North Sumatera, Java, Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara amongst others.

Effective training methodology: Participants will be involved in a dynamic and effective learning environment. IDEP trainers use a range of tried and tested techniques, discussion groups, practice sessions, hands-on practice and teamwork activities. Participants should prepare their organization’s profile including vision and mission, program plans, current activities and achievements to date. Participants should also prepare a case study of managerial challenges their organization is currently facing prior to joining the workshop. This will help to ensure that the training focuses is relevant to their organization’s needs. Participants must have their own computers to do this training. If they cannot bring their own, equipment can be rented from IDEP. Rental fees will apply.  

Comprehensive reference materials:

IDEP provides all participants for this workshop with comprehensive handouts as key references to the contents of this training.  

As part of this training each participant will receive Indonesian versions of the following materials for use in their areas.
  • Building Organizational Sustainability handouts

  • Organizational Strengthening Resources DVD Rom
Materials received at time of registering at the training location.


At the completion of the training, participants that have successfully completed 90% or more of the entire course will receive a certificate of participation for the training.

Training costs

For trainings held at the IDEP Training Center the training costs per participant includes:
  • The workshop training fees
  • Resources and training materials provided
  • Accommodation cost in shared room facilities
  • Snacks, tea and coffee during break times
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
For training costs details for all IDEP training please see the IDEP training costs page. Please note: IDEP sponsors three subsidized positions for community participants at each workshop conducted. Where an organization wishes to book out an entire training (minimum 15 places), discounts may apply. Contact us for more details.

For training held on-location at your site, you cover costs for

  • The workshop training fees
  • Costs for IDEP's trainers to travel to and from your location
  • Accommodation and food costs for IDEP trainer's while on site
  • Resources and training materials provided
  • All local costs for training location, participants' food, travel and accommodation as needed

Click here to download a complete flyer with the training application form and more detailed information about this training.

Place and time of the training

For scheduled events of this workshop at the IDEP Training Center in Ubud Bali please go to the schedule of trainings page. For all trainings held at the IDEP Training Center participants will be provided accommodation in simple shared room facilities.

To make an inquiry about hosting this training in your area, contact us to discuss options.

Who this training is for

NGO and program managers, supervisor and decision makers. By participating in this training you will build skills to help make your organization or program more strategic, accountable and sustainable. This training will build your capacity to be able to make realistic decision and manage organizational risks in an effective way.

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