Muzvare Betty Makoni says that she was born a fundraiser and she has been successful as a fundraiser from age 6 being a vendor and selling vegetables to fundraise for her school fees. All the money to school she fundraised for herself by being a child labourer at a girls catholic school during holidays.
From 1998 to 2009, Muzvare Betty Makoni was the Executive Director of Girl Child Network in Zimbabwe and directly responsible for organisational development in fundraising and monitoring and evaluation as well as building stakeholder networks to support the organisation financially and morally. She scored a first in doing so, as to date Girl Child Network Zimbabwe and that is despire many challenges they faced, is an organisation witha big support base locally and internationally and each funding partner has a feedback program that keeps their confidence high. Her experience in donor confidence building has been key in resource mobilisation and no matter whether a dollar gives big or small, Muzvare Betty Makoni values every contribution and keeps her donors networks close to her heart and engages at personal level.
Muzvare Betty Makoni gained experience in fundraising and to date she has fundraised at least 10 million US dollars( one million US dollars per year ) through major donors like EU, Oxfam, Stephen Lewis Foundation, Global Fund for women and the network for major individual donors she has built for Girl Child Network remains the biggest in Africa. She has sharp skills in designing and implementing fundraising projects as well as building networks of supporters with support programs to keep donor confidence high
Muzvare Betty Makoni has sharp skills and unique style in project proposal writing ,presentation and submission and she is an expert staff trainer in this area and to date she has designed A project proposal made easy manual for grassroots organisations and she gives time to training grassroots leaders.
Muzvare Betty Makoni has been successful in international partnership building and to date she sat on round tables of international organisations like Oxfam Novib and UNAIDS where her profile , skills and knowledge in fundraising have been enhanced
After many years of writing project proposals to donors, Muzvare Betty Makoni has felt it necessary to learn how big donors fundraise for the money they give to Africa. For Girl Child Network Worldwide she has designed many strategies to fundraise for the dream Girls Empowerment and Education Fund.
Besides fundraising, she has been an informal consultant for many international organisations like Stephen Lewis ,Global Fund for Women and Firelight Foundation who time and again asked for pre and post grantee assessments.
Innovative sustainable Fundraising-More to come
Today 15 July, Muzvare Betty Makoni attended a business network event in Basildon, UK . She works for Girl Child Network Worldwide, an international charity helping girls in Africa and she has a strong feeling that being based in UK offers her the best opportunity to think long term fundraising projects. When she worked in Africa, she used to submit project proposals to donors and most of the times she got funding-submitting a project proposal was so easy and it kept me thinking funding was so easy to get. As she gets into mainstream fundraising in UK she has learnt that receiving a fish is short term but getting someone to transform her potential into sustainable fundraising is like getting a fishing rod. It takes time to build fundraising base but she determined to take the long and winding route.
She wants to set up charity shops and Girls Empowerment shops as first steps to creating a girls empowerment and education fund where the charity`s skills and products generate the so much needed funding. So far Muzvare Betty Makoni`s autobiography has proved this can be done and so she is so determined to inspire millions across the globe in exchange of their financial support.