Good Shepherd International Foundation

Focus

The Mission Development Office (now known as Good Shepherd International Foundation) was created in 2007 by the Congregational Leadership Team in Rome to:

  • Develop and expand a global network of donors and partners willing to support  Good Shepherd Sisters’ ministries in the developing countries;

  • Prepare project proposals in collaboration with the Good Shepherd Sisters' units in Africa, Asia and Latin America to match them with prospective international donors and submit applications for funding;

  • Link with the donors to manage the grants and support the sisters in reporting  to improve the projects’ accountability;

  • Train sisters and lay partners in grant-seeking and project management;

  • Raise awareness of Good Shepherd Sisters’ initiatives in poverty eradication, human trafficking, peace building at global level.

Governance

Since 2008 the Mission Development Office has been registered in Italy as the Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Congregational Leadership Team. The Board is chaired by the President.

 

Annual Report 2016

Click here - Good Shepherd International Foundation Annual Report 2016

 

Achievements

Some achievements:

  • Worked on approximately 200 requests for funds submitted by Good Shepherd Sisters from  28 countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Senegal, Sudan, Burkina Faso, Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Madagascar, Angola, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Myanmar, Nepal, Indonesia, Philippines, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Perù, Bolivia, Chile);

  • Submitted over 190 applications for funds to international funding agencies and private donors;

  • Consolidated the network of traditional catholic funding agencies (Misean Cara Ireland, Missio Aachen, Kindermissionswerk, MIVA NL, Misereor, Italian Bishops Conference, Hilton Fund, Koch foundation) who have been supporting the sisters in the past and created relationships with new agencies and private donors;

  • Improved the overall quality of the proposals presented to the funding agencies, increased their level of accountability, and contributed to raise the profile of the Good Shepherd Sisters with international partners and in the social media community;

  • Achieved a success rate in grant-seeking of 80%;

  • Created a new website www.goodshepherdinternationalfoundation.org featuring the projects of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supported by the MDO and developed an active community on the Social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GSIFoundation and Twitter https://twitter.com/GSSIFoundation

Dr Cristina Durante, Mission Development Office Dr Cristina Durante, Director

Personnel

The staff of the Foundation includes:

  • Cristina Duranti, Director, who is responsible to report to the Board and the CLT about the activities and the results achieved by the Foundation annually, develop the partnership with the Sisters in the target countries, with the potential and existing donors, supervise the grant management, prepare application for funding.

    To contact Cristina, email cristina.d@gssweb.org

  • Andrea Curreri, Resource Coordinator for Women Projects, who is responsible to coordinate the multi-country project Networking our Way out of Poverty in Thailand, Kenya, Philippines, until the end of 2013  and to support the sisters of  Angola, Mozambique, Kenya in assessing their needs, planning new projects and managing the grants received.

    To contact Andrea, email andrea.curreri@gssweb.org

  • Sr. Yolanda Borbon, Treasurer, is responsible for the Administration and Financial Management of the Foundation;

  • Sr. Gemma Dinglasan, Assistant to the Treasurer, is responsible for the accounting;

  • Sr. Elaine Basinger, President of the Foundation’s Board.

  • The GSIF also collaborates closely with Sr. Margaret Lynch who is the Link Officer with Misean Cara (www.miseancara.ie) the Irish agency which supports Irish missionary projects in the developing countries.

Regional developments

In 2010 the Province of Lebanon-Syria began to develop a local MDO in Lebanon which works in collaboration with the MDO in Rome and is coordinated by Sr. Antoinette Assaff. Thanks to the support offered by the Australian Volunteers Association, which provided a professional volunteer for 2 years the office has been established and is now supporting the sisters in Lebanon and Syria to fundraise for their programs with national and international partners.

In 2013, the MDO began to work with the Province of Bolivia-Chile and the Provincial leaders of REAL to develop an MDO Latin America , based in Bolivia, supporting the projects of the sisters in the region.

In 2016, an MDO was established in Asia Pacific.  Ms Theresa Symons is the Regional Manager., based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The Office mirrors the services offered by GSIF Rome such as capacity building, organizational development, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation.