How (and Why) I Started my NGO, View Online



On October 12th, over 50 practitioners, students and international non-profit enthusiasts gathered at the Humphrey Center at the University to Minnesota to hear from a group of panelists on How (and Why) I Started My NGO. Panelists were all founders of non-profit organizations based in Minnesota and included:
  • Jeff Hall, One Village Partners (based in Minneapolis, working in Sierra Leone) 
  • Michele Boston, No Time For Poverty (based in Saint Paul, working in Haiti)
  • Segundo Velaquez, Mano a Mano (based in Mendota Heights, working in Bolivia)
  • Michele Gran, Global Volunteers (based in Saint Paul, working globally)
  • Jerilyn Fosdick Hirsch and Bob Mac Murdo, Bridges to Learning (in Minneapolis, working in Vietnam)
  • Mark Cross, MATTOO (based in Minneapolis, working globally)
  • Jan B. Hansen, Educate Tanzania (based in Chaska, working in Tanzania)
Panelists spoke about the factors that drove them to found their own nongovernmental organization (NGO), the assessment tools they used to find gaps not covered by other NGOs, and the challenges and setbacks they faced in starting their organizations. Attendees at the event asked great questions that created a worthwhile dialogue. This event was part-one of a series focusing on Minnesota-based social entrepreneurs tackling global issues.
The event was presented by Hubert H. Humphrey, Global Policy Area and was co-sponsored by Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development.
An online video is now available of this event by clicking HERE.