Operating Budget

Posted by
Ellen M.

Executive Director

Posted Date
Mar 18, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Impact statement
This project will save us $9,114 , allowing us to focus our funds on refining our programs and hosting our annual Jamii Technology Program that was piloted last year. It was a great success and we are really hoping to run it again this year.

Project Details

What We Need
  • A detailed Operating Budget covering at least one full fiscal year
  • Expert advice on how to reconcile actual expenses with budgeted expenses
Additional Details

We have a new young and enthusiastic ED (7 or so months into her position) and we are currently making our projected budget for our next fiscal year 2019/2020. This will be presented in our AGM meeting in May.

What We Have In Place
  • We have audited accounts from previous years as well as this year's closed accounts. We have also created a simple projected budget that we can work together from.
How This Will Help

This will really help us as an organisation decipher how much funding we need this year, what to focus on in terms of our programs facilitating, creating and build upon. We are a small organisation but work with a lot of children as well as communities that benefit greatly from our outreach and programs, so knowing how to do this best is important.

Project may require a short interview with the organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with materials currently being used for financial planning, such as the current operating budget or chart of accounts, and current financial statements
  • Volunteer Manager also provides any additional materials that will affect budgeting, such as a fundraising plan, earned income plan, or business plan
Milestone 1: Information Gathering and Outline
  • Professional does additional due diligence to address any questions or issues
  • Professional creates a detailed outline for the budget, to be shared with Volunteer Manager for feedback
Milestone 2: Budget Creation
  • Professional creates budget and shares it with the Volunteer Manager for feedback
  • Professional incorporates any feedback into the model for final draft version
Milestone 3: Explanation and Training
  • Professional delivers the budget, alongside a detailed written or verbal explanation of how the budget should be utilized and modified in the future
  • Professional provides advice on how to record and reconcile actual expenses against the budget
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About The Org

Our Mission

Empowering people to design and make their own technologies that solve community challenges in Tanzania

What We Do

We're known for our welcoming maker-space with hammers, welding machines, drills, and a lathe, as well as our project-based, hands-on design and creativity workshops, where participants from all sorts of backgrounds identify challenges they see in their communities and make a physical prototype of a possible solution. Examples include a bicycle-powered washing machine, soap cutter machine, and vegetable cutting machine. Over the past few years, we have worked with 1,000+ people in 25+ primary & secondary schools, women's organizations, farmer's groups, and youth organizations in Arusha and surrounding communities.

Our approach:
1) SHAWISHIKA (be inspired): raising awareness of how technologies can improve lives in communities and inspiring people to solve their own challenges.
2) JARIBU (try): giving opportunities for people to try innovating and build their confidence as problem-solvers.
3) ENDELEZA (continue): providing support for those who want to continue as entrepreneurs and disseminate their innovations more widely across Tanzania and beyond.

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