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Q: Looking for funding for an indigenous Newsgroup ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Looking for funding for an indigenous Newsgroup
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: kaowao-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 16 Apr 2006 01:54 PDT
Expires: 16 May 2006 01:54 PDT
Question ID: 719401
Greetings Google researchers,

I am looking for orgs who will fund a newsgroup I volunteer with. The
indigenous group is the Mon people from Burma. Our newsgroup has been
running for 5 years and has been funded already by George Soros'Open
Society Institute and Internews affiliated with Communication
Initiative,and SEAPA, Southeast Asia Press alliance. These donors
provided start up funds for us, but now we need to strike it out on
our own. So I am searching the internet for orgs who would now fund
us. Out org is non-profit, reports on Human rights abuse,
environmental degradation in Burma, and other issue associated with
HR. Our website is The people who do the reporting are
young Burmese, mostly refugees from the Thai Burma border. Any ideas,
and I would be very grateful. Thx

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Apr 2006 10:56 PDT

Have you asked your original funders for any guidance as to other
sources of funding?  If so, what sort of response did you get from


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Apr 2006 11:00 PDT
Also, the list of funders in this document (beginning on page 123)
might be a good starting point:
A Guide to Civil Society Organizations working on Democratic Governance

Clarification of Question by kaowao-ga on 17 Apr 2006 03:18 PDT
Hi, I have asked the people on the border by email whether they have
asked for some guidance, and now waiting for their reply, thx for
providing the UNDP report, that helps and will use it.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 17 Apr 2006 06:56 PDT

When you hear back from the your group, please let me know what they have to say.  

Also, let me know what additional information you would like to have
to make for a complete answer to your question, and I'll certainly do
my best.


Clarification of Question by kaowao-ga on 17 Apr 2006 19:14 PDT
Hi Pafalafa,

Plz any other lists of orgs, in addition to the one you gave on UNDP
would be great, as I have little time to search for orgs online.Thx So
I can build up a list of probable that possible?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 17 Apr 2006 19:33 PDT

Give me a day or two to look into it, and I'll see what I can come up with.

Stay tuned...


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 18 Apr 2006 20:02 PDT

Here's another link that looks pretty valuable:
Funding sources

See, especially, the list that shows up when you click in the document
under "Developing world communities".

Not every organization here is a perfect fit (and the IAVCEI itself
has a science orientation, so a lot of the descriptions lean that
way).  However, it looks like a good starting part for exploring
potential new sources.

Beyond that, though, I haven't seen any other lists that really zero
in on your particular set of activities.

I'll keep looking, but it would be helpful to have some feedback at
this point as to what additional sorts of information would best meet
your needs.

Best of luck,


Clarification of Question by kaowao-ga on 19 Apr 2006 03:26 PDT
Hi Paf,

Ok, I am still waiting for additional info from the border, but our
guy said that one funder suggested to him to apply again to our other
donor, OSI to Internews, the two big donors on the border. THe only
guidance they received is that "we should merge with other Mon
newsgroups on the border," and that was it. I have asked them (kaowao
reporter) to ask for more information on guidance, but there is a
feeling of negativity toward donor(s), from their suggestion to join
other newsgroups.

I feel that the donors only fund the big guys, as we are a small
group, with non-paid volunteers; most donors or funders are least
likely to fund small groups like ours. But our newsgroup has links to
inside Burma and we have provided news on environmental degradation
within southern Burma, where others have not. So I am thinking that
donors with indigenous and environmental concerns, etc.

From your suggestion, depending on ur time limits and what I can ask
of you, as it make take up too much of your time, the answer would be
any donors that provide funding to small grassroots leaning toward the
environmental concerns.

thx for other list, that will help.
Subject: Re: Looking for funding for an indigenous Newsgroup
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 19 Apr 2006 14:34 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I was able to get my hands on some foundation directories in the library.  

The most promising sources -- those with an international, grassroots,
environmental focus -- look to be these three:

Global Greengrants Fund
2840 Wilderness Pl., Ste. A
Boulder, CO 80301
Telephone: (303) 939-9866

GlobalGiving Foundation
7121 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

Wallace Global Fund
1990 M St. N.W., Ste. 250
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 452-1530

Other funding groups with a similar program focus are:

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
140 E. 62nd St.
New York, NY 10021
Telephone: (212) 838-8400

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Wachovia Financial Ctr., Ste. 3300
200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131-2349
Telephone: (305) 908-2600

The McKnight Foundation
710 S. 2nd St., Ste. 400
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Telephone: (612) 333-4220

Jenifer Altman Foundation
P.O. Box 29209
San Francisco, CA 94129
Telephone: (415) 561-2187

Blacksmith Institute, Inc.
2 Park Ave., 29th Fl.
New York, NY 10016
Telephone: (646) 742-0200

Blue Moon Fund, Inc.
433 Park St.
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5178

John F. and Mary A. Geisse Foundation
100 N. Main St., Ste. 350
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022
Telephone: (440) 247-0003
[no URL given]

Best of luck to you and the groups you work with.


Request for Answer Clarification by kaowao-ga on 19 Apr 2006 18:16 PDT
Thx!! Great!! I have no access to libraries here. Thx for your work.
This will give me something to work on.
All the best,

Clarification of Answer by pafalafa-ga on 19 Apr 2006 18:34 PDT
Nice to hear these look good to you, and best of luck with your program.

Hope we'll see you back here at Google Answers one of these days.

kaowao-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
I saved so much time with a google researcher and will definitely use
it in the future.  All the best, Kaowao

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