Digital Storytelling: Five Best Practices to Engage and Activate Supporters on LinkedIn

Nonprofit leaders seeking effective ways to attract, engage and activate supporters must continue to invest significant resources toward improving digital storytelling. Learn about all the ways that Liz Ngonzi, CEO / founder of Liz Ngonzi Transforms and the International Social Impact Institute, will teach you how to attract funders and supporters in the most effective way; through telling your organization’s story effectively throughout the digital storytelling ecosystem.


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Does Bono Deserve the ‘Glamour’ Award for Global Activism?

Liz Ngonzi is an adjunct faculty at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University and CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North American branch of a nonprofit organization that works with rural communities in South Africa. He is the first man to make the list. Bono is best known for his efforts around AIDS/HIV and poverty relief, particularly through his organization, ONE. Is his global activism worth being named Woman of the Year? Liz Ngonzi comments on the issue as well as many others plaguing women of the world, such as poverty and access to resources.


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40 0ver 40: Liz Ngonzi Uses her Super Powers to Solve the World’s Problems

Elizabeth Ngonzi has superpowers. She can listen to others and recall even the smallest details. This allows her to be an idea making machine, a force to be reckoned with in the nonprofit industry. She is  the CEO of the North American operations of Afrika Tikkun, a nonprofit that serves underprivileged communities in South Africa. Her work through Afrika Tikkun has revolutionized solutions to the problems that plague the world.


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The Eye-Bank Hosts Anniversary Event

The conference’s final session is a fundraising workshop led by Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, USA, and a recognized authority on technological innovations that advance philanthropy. Ms. Ngonzi shared methods for creating a seamless merge between social media and fundraising and demonstrated how nonprofits can use social media outlets such as YouTube and Twitter as catalysts to gain support from mass audiences.

The Eye-Bank extends special thanks to our expert panelists Amanda Hirsch, Debra Dubin, Elizabeth Ngonzi and Glenn Rosenberg for their generous contributions to a successful program.


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Why Your Boss Wants You To Donate to Charity

There has been a significant increase in companies encouraging their employees to volunteer and employees are actually volunteering. There have been an unprecedented number of large companies providing opportunities for their employees to volunteer over the past year.

Corporations can benefit in many ways from charity and this includes employee health, tax deductions, and social responsibility. Corporations are becoming increasingly aware of the opportunities for them to derive benefits from charitable contributions. This trend is here to stay and Elizabeth Ngonzi explains what it means. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and the U.S. chief executive of Afrika Tikkun, a South Africa-based charity.


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Smartphones Make it Easier to Give to Charity, But There are Drawbacks

Charitable donations have hit an all time high, with Americans giving more than $358 billion dollars in 2014. This is partially due to the surge in online donations from smart phones and tablets. It is easier than ever to donate; rounding up change at the end of checkout, Kickstarter and GoFundMe accounts, and sharable links on social media. Commenting on the way that non-profit fundraising is changing is Liz Ngonzi, an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, who teaches a course called “Donor Engagement: Online and Mobile Tools.” Non-profits need to change the way that they fundraise to focus on how the most people are donating. Mailing lists may be a thing of the past but email lists are becoming more popular daily.


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AMREF USA Hosts National Launch of ‘Stand up for Mothers’ Global Campaign

We invite you to join AMREF USA’s national launch of its global campaign: Stand Up for African Mothers. AMREF launched the Stand Up for African Mothers campaign last October to draw attention to the plight of African mothers and to mobilize citizens worldwide to ensure that mothers get the basic medical care they need during pregnancy and childbirth. The basic premise is that no child should be left an orphan due to lack of health care for women. The Stand Up for African Mothers campaign aims to train 15,000 midwives by 2015 and contribute towards reduction of maternal deaths by 25%. Those attending can learn how to use members of the media whose outlets target the African diaspora (African Americans and African immigrants) to learn about the global Stand Up for African Mothers campaign and how they can publicize the campaign to catalyze the African diaspora to support the largest Africa-led organization — African Medical & Research Foundation.

This event is featuring Liz Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA and Dr. Guerma, Director General of AMREF headquarters in Kenya.

iSchool Helps Create Another Information Studies School in Uganda

Members of Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies are playing a part in bringing information studies to all corners of the globe. Now, this effort has landed in Uganda.

Through meeting with Ugandan officials, Syracuse University was able to help establish an iSchool at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.

Liz Ngonzi, an SU alumna from Uganda, caught word of the project and wanted to assist in making it happen.  Ngonzi had connections with prominent Ugandan citizens who could sponser and help fund the project. Liz Ngonzi is a CEO and Founder of multiple organizations such as Liz Ngonzi Transforms, Africka Tukkun USA, and The International Social Impact Institute.


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GIBS Business School Interview in South Africa: Elizabeth Ngonzi , CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA

Elizabeth Ngonzi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the US affiliate of Afrika Tikkun, a South African NGO which assists more than 19,000 of today’s disadvantaged youth. Here she advises other NGO’s on how to raise funding and meet their strategic goals.


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University of Limpopo South Africa Announcement: Brand Management Strategies with USA Businesswoman: Elizabeth Ngonzi

The University of Limpopo R40 Conference Hall was packed with students who were eager to learn about strategies of becoming successful entrepreneurs from an international renowned business woman, Elizabeth Ngonzi -Chair of an International NGO Africa Tikkun USA. Her visit is part of the IIP program run by United States of America Embassy in South Africa.

By the end of her presentation, students were able to:

  • Understand of what makes a brand;
  • Grasp how digital footprints shape virtual brands;
  • Tips to manage  virtual brand;
  • Examples of how to curate the virtual brand  needed to successfully pursue  goals; and
  • Means to measure  virtual brand reach.

According to Elizabeth, Social Media platforms are the best tools to use, especially when you are just starting to promote your brand. Touching on the element of a brand, she quoted Maya Angelou when she said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” In a nutshell, be careful how you position your corporate identity – brand reputation.

In this regard, students were encouraged to build a strong virtual brand that will create  positive digital footprints.  If one is to post any violating information, images and videos online; that could have a negative impact and could ruin their reputation in the future. Nowadays people, organizations or companies use online searches to verify your information and learn more about you.

Elizabeth was born in Uganda and raised in the United Nation. She is an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and an education activist. Her organization focuses mostly on developing disadvantaged youth in the fields of TRADE and Innovation, Entrepreneurship etc.


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Newsroom: African Women’s Leadership Summit

It is the 21st century and most countries allow freedom and opportunity for all races and sexes to achieve any goal they set out for themselves. We see this as women have taken up senior roles within large corporations. But we still have a long way to go, And one Summit that has shed some light on How we can IS: the African Women’s Leadership Summit that took place in Kenya.

Joining us in studio today is international speaker, Elizabeth Ngonzi, who spoke at the summit. Ngonzi is also the CEO of a non-profit organization Afrika Tikkun USA. This organization invests in the development of disadvantaged children from early infancy through young adulthood and into the world of work.


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South Africa – Invitation to Roundtable Discussion on Women and Business/Entrepreneurship

We would like to invite you to a Roundtable Discussion on: Women and Business /Entrepreneurship and Advocacy Challenge on fewer women leadership roles.

The discussion will include various women entrepreneurs and part of the panel will be Elizabeth Ngonzi, the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA which is the US affiliate of local NGO Afrika Tikkun, which has been going strong for 20 years.

Ngonzi is in the country to meet with various stakeholders both in the public and private sector.

She will be part of the panel discussing how despite the growing number of initiatives and resources made available to develop women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries, women still own and manage fewer businesses than men, they earn less money with their businesses that grow slower, are more likely to fail and women tend to be more necessity entrepreneurs.

Some of the questions she will be assisting in answering is:

1. What are best practices and instruments of private sector development programs that are effective for women entrepreneurs globally that can be adopted with our context.

2. What works in terms of collaboration and market-driven practices for women’s entrepreneurship promotion?

3. How do we measure women empowerment impact, and what is the return on investment in women entrepreneurs?

4. How can entrepreneurial ecosystems support startup, growth, and sustainability of women’s entrepreneurship?


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GIBS Business School South Africa Event Announcement:

GIBS welcomes Ms. Elizabeth Ngonzi, CEO of Afrika Tikkun, USA, lecturer in fundraising at New York City’s Heyman Centre for Philanthropy and Fundraising, and Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University, for a limited-seat breakfast event that aims to unpack the mysterious art of Fundraising: exploring international trends and new ways of doing things.

Fundraising is a mysterious profession – is it charisma and personal networks that brings money to an organization? Or is it a series of complex processes that govern proposal writing, event and donation management? South Africa’s recent status as a Upper Middle Income Country shows confidence that the country can fund its civil society. But service delivery non-profits are at best subsidized by governments, and our individual and corporate donor base remains small and driven by compliance.

The session will explore:

  • What is happening globally in the world of fundraising?
  • How are these changes going to impact South Africa (if at all?)
  • Introducing technology and fundraising – creating a global base of supporters for your local project
  • What do you need to change? If anything at all?
  • What are your responsibilities to your donors? And your
  • Do we really suffer from a lack of money, or it is a lack of ideas to deliver new approaches to social change?
  • Why is social entrepreneurship touted as a new way for sustainability?


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The money has landed: Kickstarter for Armstrong’s spacesuit is successful

Smithsonian officials are over the moon that they complete their first Kickstarter fundraising campaign — to conserve, digitize and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. This is an amazing feat for the non profit. Commenting on the success is Elizabeth Ngonzi, a professor at New York University’s George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

This is about tapping into a new audience — more people who can be inspired by the fact that you can crowdfund an idea and create an institution from scratch. Preserving this part of history will be important and the fact that thousands made it possible so quickly is amazing.


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West Philly celebrates Nelson Mandela Day with youth sports

In recognition of Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, a collective of area sports coaches and others organized an-all day sports clinic titled, A Celebration of Life, Youth Sports, Parks and Recreation.

Elizabeth Ngonzi, USA CEO of South African based nonprofit Afrika Tikkun, posted on Facebook that she “had the honor of spending the day in West Philadelphia with a group of committed coaches who provided kids with a fun day of sports, as a means to build their self confidence, teach them team work & prepare them for leadership … very much in-line with what we do in South Africa with our young leaders at Afrika Tikkun.


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CGTN America Interview: Social Media Helps Nepal Quake Relief

Facebook recently announced its users donated more than $10 million to disaster relief in Nepal. That was in just two-days. The number topped the amount pledged by the U.S. government.

This is just the latest example of how social media is making it easier for people to give to charities. CGTN’s Karina Huber filed this report.

Featured in this interview is Elizabeth Ngonzi, NYU Heymen Center Adjunct Professor, explaining how social media can positively impact these social movements and fundraisers.


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