Our mission is to turn good intentions into impactful programs. To help seedlings of ideas grow into solid plans. To transform mission statements into measurable results.
We exist to help non-profits reach their full potential to do good in the world. To ensure every single philanthropy dollar is used wisely. And we do this by leading intensive five-day project proposal trainings.
The Funding Forum is Dianne Aigaki. She has worked as a consultant to the non-profit sector for over forty years. Since 1992, she’s trained over 2,000 staff from government agencies and organizations in grant writing, project development and project management. Her clients have spanned Asia, Europe, South America and North America. She’s worked on almost every topic imaginable and held trainings in every location imaginable, from the village to the corporate boardroom.
As a philanthropist in her own right, in 1996, Dianne took the Funding Forum to the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India where, for eight years, she volunteered for the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan Exile Government. There she trained hundreds of their staff and NGOs to do project planning, proposal writing, and how to develop true partnerships with funders to keep the Tibetan refugee population healthy and thriving, while they worked simultaneously to positively affect the living conditions for Tibetans still living under Chinese rule on the Tibetan Plateau.
She continued her work with NGOs in India, leading pro-bono trainings for 100 organizations that focused on issues of health and welfare for women and girls.
Today, Dianne is scaling up the impact of the Funding Forum, aiming to train non-profits all over the world, in workshops that will have 30-100 non-profits, all working in a synergistic environment to complete solid project plans and proposals in just five days’ time.