Travel Funding for KPP Members!

We are proud to announce that Partners is the first organization featured as part of the new Volunteers for Prosperity (VFP) VFPServ program, which in short, is a way to get matching government funds for volunteer service for US Citizens in other countries.

The volunteer, either individually or with help from chapter funds, raises $500 to $1000 for a volunteer assignment. Partners of the Americas (POA) approves the assignment and when the funds have been paid into the VFPServ account for the volunteer, he/she is then eligible for a 1:1 match of the funds.

In other words, if volunteer “Alison” raises $500, the VFPServ program will add another $500 for a total of $1,000. This match is provided for up to $1,000. VFPServ only gives the match when the volunteer’s part has been raised and delivered to his/her VFPServ account. POA disburses the funds to the volunteer/chapter once the match has been received, and when the volunteer’s chapter leader approves of the trip. While we strongly encourage this travel to occur within your Partnership, there is no restriction as to the country to which the volunteer may travel, as long as the traveler is a US Citizen and is traveling from the US to another country.

Due to the good relationship we have developed with VFP, the Brookings International Volunteering and Service Initiative, and all of your hard work, Partners of the Americas is the top featured organization of the initial ~20 participating NGOs. The resources are available on a first come, first served basis. We are pleased to say that we can serve as the financial and accrediting organization for chapter volunteer travel for only a modest fee of 12.5% of the total funds raised, including the match. Given trends in funding for US overseas volunteer service, it is very likely that the VFPServ model will become increasingly common. Let’s get Partners on board by showing everyone how useful these funds can be!

If you are interested in participating, please don’t wait! These grants will go fast! Just go and create a profile and start coordinating! To learn more about VFPServ, please visit http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/vfpserv/. The complete announcement and press release are pasted below.

Office of Volunteers for Prosperity Launches New
Volunteer Grant Program:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2008
Press Office: 202-712-4320
Public Information: 202-712-4810
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Office of Volunteers for Prosperity (VFP) in cooperation with the USA Freedom Corps at the White House, and Global Giving Foundation, launched the Volunteers for Prosperity Service Incentive Program or VFPServ. This is an innovative public-private partnership to help address the financial challenges facing a number of skilled Americans interested in short-term international voluntary service by providing matching grants ranging from $500 to $1000 to offset travel, insurance and local living costs.

Establishment of the program was first announced by Henrietta H. Fore, Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) at a White House ceremony marking International Volunteer Day on December 5, 2007. USAID is the host federal agency of the Volunteers for Prosperity, President Bush’s initiative to promote greater international volunteer service by skilled American professionals.

The award process is competitive and a prospective volunteer who applies for a matching grant must have relevant professional experience and a need for financial assistance. The final decision to award a grant will depend on a successful applicant’s ability to raise at least an equal amount of funds within his/her community. VFPServ will be managed by USAID’s VFP Office.

VFPServ award monies will be disbursed to the volunteer’s host organization – a VFP partner that is identified in advance by the volunteer and responsible for supervising the service assignment. USAID invested $100,000 to initiate the fund. Additional resources will be sought from U.S. corporations through their foundations and individual private donors. It is anticipated that the first awards will be made in early 2008.

VFPServ becomes the most recent activity of Volunteers for Prosperity, an initiative that was established by President George W. Bush in 2003 to encourage highly skilled American professionals to serve overseas as volunteers supporting the U.S. agenda for global health and prosperity. During the past year, the VFP Office worked with 250 U.S. based partner organizations to mobilize 34,000 skilled American volunteers in support of international development projects.

For more information, please visit http://www.volunteersforprosperity.gov. To learn more about VFPServ, please visit http://www.globalgiving.com/cb/vfpserv/.

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