When Light of Love was still a college organization in 2011, Transparent Fish Fund supported us by helping us provide free lunches to students with financial difficulties in an elementary at Zunyi, Guizhou. From the initial investigation of the students’ situations, calculation of the cost of providing free lunches, organization of a project implementation team, purchasing food items, and furnishing kitchen appliances to the later financial transparency and project feedbacks from students and parents, we learned a lot from TFISH and drastically improved our implementation efficiency. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces after eating the free lunches further strengthened our confidence in continuing our philanthropic work. In 2012, we left our school and began registering our own nonprofit organization with great support from Mr. Chao and Director Nguyen. During the initial periods of the organization’s founding, when we faced many difficulties, they paid for our administration costs and helped us survive, find new, sustainable resources, and be able to grow stably. We want to thank TFISH for their support and guidance, helping us, a group of students, to further on our path of philanthropy. Now our senior community service project has received support from the local government as well as from several businesses, who would like to take part in philanthropy and service the community.
Our capacity building program supports over 200 NGOs in Asia. We provide funding to grass root organizations that share our same values of transparency. Read below for their stories!
Transparent Fish Fund not only supported our medical aid mission for 12 children suffering from hemophilia in the Shaanxi area, but also supported our administration costs. When we first registered as a nonprofit, they taught us the idea of “Transparent Finances, Transparent Philanthropy.” They showed us how to improve our organization’s development and better help those patients who need support. Guan Tao, Beijing Hemophilia Care Center 10/27/2014
June of this year, a foreign-funded company, “Tianshi Combustion Equipment (Suzhou) LLC,” got to know Nayong Nonprofit Association through Transparent Fish Fund’s website. Because of TFish’s credibility, Tianshi Combustion Equipment Company trusted us. After several telephone conversations, Tianshi Combustion Equipment Company remitted a large donation of 56,000 yuan to Nayong Nonprofit Association’s account. Nayong Nonprofit Association 10/23/2014
Under Transparent Fish Fund Lab’s guidance, our center combed through our finances, perfected our project guidelines, and worked on recording and publicizing information. After a year of work, we discovered that our center has changed dramatically when we were doing project summaries. We improved our ability to integrate societal resources, increase participation of volunteers, and inspired more trust from our community. Chongqing Xinyue Senior Support Center 10/23/2014
Nayong Association is based on Nayong, a poverty-stricken area in Guizhou Province. Taking the network as the platform, it carries out various public welfare activities to aid education.
We were introduced to Transparent Fish Fund in February 2013 through an email. We would see the organization's name show up from time to time, but little did we know that we would one day become partners.
The seed fund allowed us to pay full-time wages for our program managers and allow us the resources we need to function properly. This was huge for us. In addition, we received help with capacity building. It was difficult getting used to some of the technology, but we eventually were able to use it effectively.
Because of this extra support, we were able to hire staff that helped with special projects and the Feng sisters joined the Nayong Loving team. We had our stumbling blocks in the beginning, but my colleague Wang was often there to remind me, "Small errors and road blocks on the way are inevitable, but with TLC and attention, I am sure it will become bigger and better ".
Longwan Caring Home is located in Dahua County, which was listed as one of the poorest counties in Guangxi Province. Longwan Caring Home is a big family consisting of orphans, single parents, and abandoned children. The normal expense of the Home is sustained by plantation, breeding, and small business.
We are truly a grassroots organization. Our director did not get a college degree nor professional training. She is an ordinary woman born in the depths of the mountains. Finding Transparent Fish Fund was a true blessing for us. like finding an oasis in a vast desert. In 2012, we received, for the first time 3000 yuan seed funding from TFISH’s support platform. We were overjoyed - this was the first grant we had ever received. We felt relieved of the pressure resting on our shoulders and much happier. After a year of hard work, our finances became clearer. Even though work is hard each day, we never stopped recording our blogs and journals, and continued to publish all our activities to the public. Towards the end of 2013, we submitted a second application to TFISH. During the first quarter of 2014, our account received the 7000 yuan administrative fund from across the Pacific.
Money cannot solve everything, but we cannot function without it. The several hundred children under our care need this money to survive. We also direly need money for educational expenses, emergency medical expenses, staff costs, and hardware maintenance costs. I always believed that if God shut the door, He will surely open another one for me. I believe that He will not abandon us widows and orphans. I work so hard every day to help all these children, but as soon as I see beautiful smiles on their faces, all my distresses go away.
We do this for the kids! As a person in charge of a local nonprofit and as a local preschool teacher, I know how heavy the burden is and how hard it is to move forward. But I never compromise in the face of difficulty. I am over fifty years old and in a race against time, I've learned to treasure every moment that God gave me. Therefore, I plan on doing what I love to do. Following the Transparent Fish Fund guidelines, I complete monthly project reports by myself. I did not know how to upload photos, but I learned. I try blog on the website, which proved to be a little difficult, but I try to learn and understand, even if that mean staying up entire nights. Transparent Fish Fund, is a communication platform and a self-presentation platform. We were asked to be completely transparent and to use every penny to the benefit of the cause. TFish asks us to standardize our growth, being honest people and honest organizations. I want to thank Transparent Fish Fund for supporting us, especially the staff who works on the platform who welcomed us so warmly and generously. They have taught me a whole deal of knowledge and allowed me to realize that: we are more blessed to give, than to receive.
Original Article Written by Banai Hua, translated by Allison Zhang, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Xingzhi Migrant Art School is a non-profit organization that offers art lessons for the children of migrant workers who otherwise would not have this opportunity. This update was written by Director Gu, the founder of and a teacher at the Art School in Beijing.
“A heart full of gratitude, I am thankful to have you! Accompanying me my entire life, giving me courage to be myself. A heart full of gratitude, I am thankful for fate, the flower blossoms and falls, but I will cherish them the same.” This song made me understand that there will be no warmth without sunlight and no life without water, and without them both the colorful world would not exist.
Because of the dreams we share for change, children from different provinces come together to form "Little Workers" under the leadership of Teacher Gu. Each student is fighting for the continuation and growth of this home. We are setting up more and more courses with the development of Little Workers.
We would like to thank Transparent Fish Fund for sending us help when we most needed it. With the support of TFish, we are able to study peacefully and grow happily as children of parents who leave home to seek work in the cities. We are able to attend graphical design classes and English classes.
During this time, we also learned to write our stories in the Transparent Fish Blog. At first, we did not understand how the blog worked and could not post pictures of ourselves, so we would always be late on deadlines. TFish’s staff would remind us and patiently teach us, allowing us to grow and learn.
Sometimes I think we are very lucky children. No matter where and when, there are always people who care about and support us, who understand our situation, and who believe in our potential. We realize that a lot of our lives are pieced together by their love and kindness.
We now study well and grow up happily. We will repay those who helped us with our accomplishments in the future.
Original article written by Xiaochen Gu, translated by Allison Zhang, edited by Yanyan Zhang
Grounded on core values of respect, love, and service to the elderly, the Xin Yue Senior Citizen Service Center of Chongqing, China, promotes social work services for senior citizens and builds harmonious living environment for them.
We have been a part of Transparent Fish Fund’s Nonprofit Platform for nearly two years. If not for TFish Lab’s invitation to this blogging event, we would not have had time to review our growing experience these past two years. Today, with this rare opportunity, we would like to share the lessons we learned with everyone here.
The center was founded in early 2012, and, just like a newborn, there was a lot we needed to learn. Because we lacked experience, the center mainly offered day-to-day services for the elderly and also received some meager donations and volunteer services. The volunteers and donors, however, would come once to the center, donate or volunteer, and leave after taking some photographs. Without a good volunteer organization system and a working financial system, these donations and volunteer services could not help us better accomplish our tasks, and sometimes even hindered our progress. Facing this difficult situation, the center planned a mini-project aimed to help volunteers grow and learn. Late 2012, the center contacted and got to know Transparent Fish Fund. After initial inspection, the center luckily became associate member with TFish. Later, “Little Bee Growth Project” received TFish’s funding. Although we had believed in insisting the idea of “Transparent Philanthropy, Transparent Finances” from the beginning, this idea was not completely accepted. We also did not know what this idea would bring into effect. So, during the execution of “Little Bee Growth Project,” the center combed through our financial records, perfected our project guidelines, and improved our information recording and publicity system with the help of TFish Lab. After working on it for over a year, we discovered a drastic change in how we accomplish our tasks when we were summarizing project progress. We strengthened our ability to utilize societal resources, increased volunteer participation, and gained trust from our community. In June, the center applied for a grant from TFish for our Senior Group Birthday Project and again received the trust and support of TFish!
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