I’ve joined as an Advisor to Forever Projects, a not for profit providing programs with local partners in Tanzania for women to create a self-sustaining future.
Here are my core reasons for aligning my time, effort, and expertise towards the organisation:
The team, values and mission
I first met Mark Dombkins, co-founder and CEO of Forever Projects during Startmate office hours in peak lockdown. Mark shared some information prior to our session and a brief meeting agenda he wished to cover given my skills and experience —an impressive pre-meeting interaction that got my attention, not many founders do this for office hours.
Part of the pre-meeting information included a video outlining Mark and Anna’s connection to Tanzania and their catalyst to starting Forever Projects. A phenomenal story demonstrating their generosity and growth mindset.
I loved how they described building a not-for-profit as a ‘hand up’ not a ‘hand out’ to the women they were empowering.
During this chat it was clear the team were applying frameworks typically seen in startups — scaling via tech / process, iterative sprints, subscriptions, and metrics, lots of metrics!
There have been instances I haven’t seen (for-profit) venture-backed startup founders execute these concepts with such clarity, so to see this embedded in a not-for-profit business model was unique.
Women go through a yearlong program of various modules, in the startup world we’d describe this as an accelerator! The goal is for these women to start a business that aligns to their skills and interest for self-sustaining independence.
Alignment with my skills, values and career
During 2020 I was also taking part in The Observership Program. There were two talks as part of the program that had the most significant impact on my career decisions going forward.