The webinar was themed: Positioning for Funding in 2023 and Beyond and was held virtually on the 13th of January, 2023. In addition, it was anchored by Mr Oyebisi Oluseyi and Ms Oyindamola Aramide. The 2 hour long webinar was attended by over 200 participants.
he event started with the host, Mr Oyebisi Oluseyi who gave the opening remarks. The event also had the following speakers in attendance, Mrs Olapeju Ibekwe - The CEO of Sterling One Foundation, Mr Joseph Idahosa - Strategy and growth Advisor, BudgIT Foundation, Dr Umar Maina - Deputy Director, Network of Civil Society Organisations and Mr Bunu Bukar - A development expert and consultant.
The first speaker was Mr Joseph Idahosa who spoke on the need to understand the ever evolving donor landscape by understanding the strategy of these organisations, their objectives and also interventions. He also shared on the importance of organisations in positioning and presenting themselves as viable recipients of donor support through strategic projection and also being present in their communities in ways that can be verified.
The second session was anchored by two speakers, Dr Umar Maina and Mr Bunu Bukar who both spoke on the importance of formalising an NGO. Dr Maina spoke on registering with SCUML (Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering) while Mr Bunu spoke on the importance of registering with CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission). Both sessions drove home the importance of formalising and legalising your NGO to improve accountability and transparency and also inspire donor confidence.
The last session was the presentation by Mrs Ibekwe. She commenced her session by introducing the Sterling One foundation and their digital crowdfunding product known as giving.ng, where individuals and organisations can raise funds for causes that burden them and even go on to have their donations matched up to the sum of one million naira. She also spoke on the free banking service, known as Sterling cares, being offered by Sterling Bank where all transaction fees and typical costs associated with operating an account are waived.
Questions for Mrs Ibekwe included enquiries about the focus areas for Sterling one foundation, the minimum balance required to open the sterling cares account and the requirements to access the crowdfunding product on giving.ng.
After the last question and session , Barrister Ayodele Abebusoye came up to give the final words; appreciating speakers and participants for being present.