Episode 37 – Harriet Boyd – Making a Raw Impact on the World
This week I had a chat with Harriet Boyd who works for an amazing charity called Raw Impact.
About Raw Impact:
Raw Impact is a non-profit organisation registered with the Cambodian Government as a local non-government organisation (NGO) based in Phnom Penh, Cambodua.
We have a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in place for all project initiatives and we value full transparency and accountability.
RAW Impact partners with GDG in Australia and the USA, which enhances project accountability and transparency. In Australia, GDG is an Australian NGO approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. In the USA, GDG USA is a public charity and tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3). Donations over $2 to GDG with a preference for RAW Impact’s projects (J790N RAW Impact Projects) are tax deductible in Australia and the USA. Donors in the UK may be eligible for tax effective giving.
Valuing each and every supporter we strive to gain maximum impact for every dollar raised and invested. We realise the exceptional value of a skilled and highly efficient administrative team as well as a strong strategic projects team in-country. Our income is split 7.5% to GDG for our compliance and administration, 10% to RAW for growth and awareness and 82.5% to RAW Impact projects.
Our philosophy is to consider the unique needs of a village and break them down into achievable elements using a multi-pronged approach with our program pillars: Sustain, Educate and Protect.
In conjunction with village elders, commune leaders and local stakeholders we complete RAW Family and Community Assessments, evaluating each family and the overall community so we better understand who we’re working with, their true needs and the extent of this need. We consider the potential to build key relationships, access to quality infrastructure, good education and clean water as well as the risk of overlap with other organisations.
A Strategic Village Development Plan (SVDP) with a three-year timeframe is drafted in conjunction with all stakeholders. This plan sets out budgets, expected goals and timeframes, expressing the pathway to sustainability along with our exit strategy.
The SVDP is implemented with our experienced local staff, professional volunteers and village leaders, local partners and community input.
EVALUATE AND REPORT
Evaluating and tracking our outcomes and impact, we adjust accordingly to maximise results, capture lessons learned and scale success.
We leverage our Media team and online platforms, giving timely feedback to supporters and engage those joining us in Raising Awareness Worldwide, to increase our capacity to reach more villages, achieving lasting social impact.