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Last updated on May 10th, 2018 at 02:22 pm
Your Patronage Is Appreciated
Deep within ourselves, we are realizing our own power to build the world we all dream of.
We don’t have a lot of time to do it. Our planet is threatened by multiple crises – a climate crisis, food crisis, financial crisis, these crises could split us apart like never before, or bring us together like never before. It’s the challenge of our time, and the outcome will determine whether our children face a darker world or one thriving in greater human harmony.
This is our challenge to meet… Our potential is unique, and so is our responsibility.
It’s amazing, but until recently just a few of us made our mission possible with a small donation, that funds all of Green Party Lebanon’s (GPL) core expenses. But to rise to this moment and win it, we need to accelerate — by doubling our number of ‘sustainers’, and doubling our capacity to do everything we do.
Donating to GPL has a double-impact — because our donations not only make a change now by empowering particular campaigns, every contribution builds our community that will be making change for decades to come. It’s an investment with both immediate and long-term results for our children’s and our planet’s future
Fundraising is often a problem for social change organizations. Government or corporate funding would profoundly threaten our mission. Funding from large donors also often comes with strings attached. And high-pressure tactics like telemarketing, postal mail, or direct on-the-street programs often cost nearly as much as they raise! That’s why the GPL model, is the best way to power an engine of social change, and a huge part of our community’s promise.
If we can multiply the number of sustainers we have, it will take our community, and our impact, to a whole new level.
I know that donating is an act of hope, and of trust. I feel a huge and serious sense of responsibility to be a steward of that hope, and our board and I are deeply committed to respecting the trust you place in us with your hope, time, and resources. It’s a special thing we’re building here, and if we can keep believing in each other, anything is possible.
With hope and gratitude for this amazing community,
PS – In case you’re mulling it over, here are 10 more reasons to donate to GPL
Reason 1 – What we do Works
With more than 1000 members , able to mobilize at a moment’s notice to pressing needs and opportunities, GPL works –- together, media says of GPL “You have driven forward the idealism of the world… do not underestimate your impact on leaders, GPL is “poised to deliver a deafening wake up call to our leaders,” and GPL is inspiring, and has already made a difference.” We’re only 9 years old and growing fast, and the more our members get involved and donate, the more impact we have.
Reason 2 – A GPL donation is an investment with permanent social change returns
With GPL, our donations fund high impact campaigns that also recruit more people. More people mean more donations and more impact. So you’re not only achieving a particular change with your donation, you’re helping grow a community with new members that will multiply your donation many times over, and be a permanent and ever-increasing source of change. It’s a tremendous value to have this kind of double and permanent impact.
Reason 3 – We have no bureaucracy
GPL is a massive network of citizens, but our organization is absolutely tiny – just 2 full time campaigners with operational and technology support. Most large global NGOs have hundreds or even thousands of staff. Our small size means we have no time for red tape, layers of management, or being focused on anything but getting results.
Reason 4 – We’re regularly audited, and fiscally responsible
There’s a lot of fear out there about misuse of donated money. Most of the fear is misplaced – most organizations are filled with good people trying to do good things. With GPL you can be sure – partly because we’re required by law to be audited every 12 months. This audit thoroughly checks every aspect of our books and financial practices. We’ve been audited 9 times since we launched and every time been given a squeaky clean bill of health.
Reason 5 – We have volunteers that does outstanding work
Campaigning, advocacy and social change are a serious and demanding business – the more competent the team, the more impact our donations have. Many of our volunteers joined have degrees from the top
Reason 6 – We’re 100% Independent
While we received initial seed grants from partner organizations and charitable organizations, 100% of the GPL budget now comes from small donations. This is hugely important to ensuring that our voice is exclusively determined by the values of our members, and not by any large funder or agenda. This means that the only agenda we have to follow is the people’s agenda.
Reason 7 – We pass the money on when it makes sense, and give to the best efforts
GPL has donated to other organizations, because we saw them as better placed than us to have impact on a particular issue. Most foundations have endless process and constraints that make them slow, bureaucratic and risk averse in supporting advocacy. GPL finds the best people and organizations and doesn’t micromanage them – we just empower them to do what they know best.
Reason 8 – We’re political (this really matters)
GPL is 100% free to say and do whatever we need to get leaders to listen to people. Since so many important issues are won and lost in the political realm, this makes us much more effective than advocacy groups that shy away from speaking out politically.
Reason 9 – We go where the greatest needs and opportunities are
Most organizations focus on a single issue over a long period of time. This is very important to do, but that can mean that when desperate needs or amazing opportunities for social change arise, they get ignored because everyone is working on their own issue. GPL campaigns target the most urgent needs and opportunities, showing up just when a powerful burst of citizens’ attention is needed most. We work continuously with top quality partners in the areas we campaign on, and all describe GPL as an amazing added value to their work.
Reason 10 – Democratic accountability is hard-wired into our model
The GPL model of campaigning is people-powered. Our priorities are set at annual levels by polls of our membership and every campaign we run is first polled with members.
It is wonderful to finally be able to stand up, to be heard. I am so happy and so proud to be part of GPL. Sometimes I can’t believe this is really happening! THANK YOU…from the bottom of my heart to all the people who are part of this movement, united in a common spirit.