NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising Joins Connect4Climate as Knowledge Partner

NYU Heyman center for philanthropy and fundraising partners with World Bank’s Connect4Climate initiative to raise awareness about climate change issues around the world.

New York University’s George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising (NYUHC) is the latest educational institution to partner with the World Bank and a broad range of partners in Connect4Climate (C4C): a campaign, a competition, and a community dedicated to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and around the world.  The C4C global partnership initiative uses social media and the web to give voice to local stakeholders who have stories to tell about climate change.

C4C’s goal is to create a participatory open knowledge platform that engages the global community in climate change conversation to drive local action. In just nine months, C4C has created a Facebook community of nearly 300,000 followers. Across multiple social media platforms and the www.connect4climate.org site, C4C’s weekly online reach is between 4 to 6 million.

According to NYU Heyman Center’ Executive Director  Naomi Levine: “Our  faculty is in a unique position to contribute its expertise in cause marketing, digital advocacy and fundraising, to help advance solutions to this key issue, affecting our planet and future survival.  The C4C partnership will also enable us to provide access to our distance learning courses designed to help nonprofits and activists better engage their supporters.” Upcoming Heyman Center online courses are Always On/Always There: Leveraging Mobile Applications and Engaging Supporters, taught online by faculty member, Elizabeth Ngonzi (C4C partnership liaison) on Wednesdays from 10:00am-12:30pm  ET, June 6 – June 27; and Fundraising Concepts and Practices, available May 21 – August 10 (10 sessions individually arranged), accessible to anyone around the world via Internet.

Lucia Grenna, C4C Program Manager, sees the partnership with NYUHC as a vehicle to provide educators, students and activists around the world with access to critical strategies and tactics that will help them  activate policy makers and increase stakeholder engagement in a meaningful manner, so as to lead help address climate change issues more effectively.  Other U.S. educational institutions participating in C4C include: Columbia University Center for Research on Environmental Decisions, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, MIT Center for Collective Intelligence-Climate Co-Lab, and Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Liz Ngonzi’s Introductory Remarks for April 20th Connect4Climate ‘Local Climate, Global Change: Development Communication in a social media landscape’ Forum

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”

Ewe-Mina (African) Proverb

Liz Ngonzi’s introductory remarks for April 20th Connect4Climate ‘Local Climate, Global Change: Development Communication in a social media landscape’ forum.

SXSW 2012 Panels: African Women in Tech

Moderator: TMS Ruge Cofounder Project Diaspora


Deborah Ensor – VP, Africa, Health and Humanitarian Media Programs, Internews

Ebele Okobi – Dir, Business Yahoo! Inc

Isis Nyong’o – VP & MD, Africa, InMobi Africa

Liz Ngonzi – Technology Faculty New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising


SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development” panelists TMS Ruge and Liz Ngonzi discuss the role of women in Africa’s tech space.

Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, the hour-long discussion shed a different light on the role of women on the continent. The panel featured other notable figures as  Vice President of InMobi Africa Isis Nyong’o and Ebele Okobi of Yahoo!.

Fundraising Expert, Elizabeth Ngonzi Provides Key Tips for Nonprofits

Since 2001, Elizabeth Ngonzi, founder and CEO of Amazing Taste, LLC has used her marketing expertise and social media to help organizations develop and manage strategic alliances, produce events and secure fundraising through social media. Ngonzi’s clients have included the United Nations, the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation and more.  Presently she also teaches a popular course on online fundraising strategies at New York  University. Rolling out spoke with Ngonzi about how she manages to keep nonprofits thriving and fulfilling their purpose.

Program Services Delivery Starting To Go Mobile

During latest of the New York University Heyman Center’s, Philanthropy 3.0 Speaking Series, technological innovators along with nonprofit consultants got together to discuss how advancement in mobile technology allows a way for nonprofit organizations to connect with potential donors and constituents like never before.

Featuring Liz Ngonzi, founder and CEO of Amazing Taste LLC and adjunct professor at NYU.

NYU-SCPS Heyman Center Panel: Mobile in Advocacy Pt 2

Panelists including Andrew Zolli (Pop!Tech), Christopher Fabian (UNICEF’s Tech4Dev), Nadim Mahmud (Medic Mobile), Courtney Radsch (Freedom House), Liz Ngonzi (Heyman Center), and Marcia Stepanek (Heyman Center) talked about the rise of mobile social networks and their influence on organizing volunteers, protesters and supporters around specific causes and goals. Hosted by The NYU-SCPS Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, the Philanthropy 3.0 Speaker Series features national leaders in philanthropy innovation debating disruptive changes in the sector, including the latest influences of social media, cause video, the social enterprise movement, and mobile fundraising.