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Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted by privateequityinvestments on January 19, 2010 at 12:58 PM Comments comments (3)
Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

Avoid Newly-Formed Charities and Give To An Established Charity That Has Worked In Haiti
Establishing a new charity is hard enough, but in a crisis, the odds of succeeding are slim to none. Think of it this way: would you entrust all your savings in a financial firm that just opened, doesn't even have stationery, and whose employees have no experience in investing money? Doubtful. Find a charity with a proven track record of success in providing disaster relief and one that has worked in Haiti. Start with the list of charities on the right and if a group you are considering supporting isn’t there, then take the time to thoroughly research it before making a gift.

Do Not Give To The Haitian Government
Haiti is known to be a corrupt country. And news reports post earthquake indicate that the government is pretty much not functioning. If that isn’t enough reason not to give directly to the Haiti government, then consider the fact that contributions to foreign governments are not tax deductible.

Designate Your Investment
Generally, it is best to trust your chosen charity to spend your donation as it sees fit. But with disaster related giving, you should specify that you want your donation only used to respond to this particular crisis.

Do Not Send Supplies
Knowing that millions of people are desperately in need of food and water, it is hard not to want to pack up a box of supplies and send it to Haiti. But this type of philanthropy is simply not practical or efficient. Even if mail could get to Haiti, no one is set up to receive these goods, much less organize and distribute them to the victims. Furthermore, charities are often able to partner with companies to acquire large amounts of in-kind donations such as bottled water and new clothing. Instead of boxing up and sending your old clothing, have a garage sale and turn your used goods into cash and donate that to a worthy charity.

Be Careful Of Email Solicitations

Be Leery Of People That Contact You Online Claiming To Be A Victim
Unless you personally know someone in Haiti, anyone alleging to be in this position is most likely part of a scam. Obviously, people affected by the earthquake are in no position to contact you directly for assistance.
Delete Unsolicited Emails With Attachments - Never respond to unsolicited emails. Do not open any attachments to these emails even if they claim to contain pictures from Haiti. These attachments are probably viruses.
Seek Out The Charity’s Authorized Website – Refer to our blog from yesterday as to why this is important.

Is it safe to make a text donation?
So long as you do your homework, yes. Please visit our blog for a longer explanation.

Consider The Nature Of The Charity’s Work
Not every charity is responding in the same way. Some are providing medical assistance, some shelter, some food and water. Others will be more focused on either short term or long term rebuilding efforts. And some are just helping to fundraise for other nonprofits. Think about what it is you want your philanthropic investment to accomplish and then take the time to find the charities doing that work. At Charity Navigator we link to each charity’s website so that you can quickly learn more about their plans to help in Haiti.

Be Inspired By Social Media, But Still Do Your Homework
Social networking tools like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and blogs are delivering heart-wrenching images and information about Haiti to our computers and phones. Many of them include pleas to donate. While these tools can be a powerful tool to inspire your desire to help, you should not blindly give via these vehicles. You must take the time to investigate the groups behind such pleas for help to ensure that it comes from a legitimate nonprofit. For example, you can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to 90999. As of today, this tool has raised $3 million for the Haiti earthquake relief efforts.

Avoid Telemarketers
As always, hang up the phone do your homework and give directly to a charity.

Do Not Expect Immediate Results, But Do Keep Tabs On What Your Donation Accomplishes
It takes time for charities to mobilize, to assess the problems that need to be addressed and to develop effective solutions. Donors need to be patient so charities will not feel pressured to plunge in and offer ineffective aid, simply to placate impatient donors. That doesn't mean donors shouldn't hold the charities accountable for delivering on their promises!
Be sure to follow up with the charity in a few months to find out
(a) how your donation was put to use and
(b) if the organization needs additional support to complete the recovery effort.

From: Charitynavigator

HAITI - How we can help!

Posted by privateequityinvestments on January 14, 2010 at 10:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Haiti how can we help?

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Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders)
Médecins Sans Frontières is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural or man-made disasters.
To date, the teams have treated and stabilised well over 1,500 wounded. They have now also started performing emergency surgery in Choscal Hospital in the Cite Soleil area. Additional staff and supplies are being flown in.

UNICEF
The leading advocate for children’s rights, active in 190 countries through country programmes and National Committees.
As part of the effort to help avert a second wave of deaths across Haiti, a DHL cargo plane carrying UNICEF water-and-sanitation supplies landed early Saturday morning in the capital, Port-au-Prince. It was the second such shipment to arrive there in 24 hours.
 
Water tanks and water-purification tablets were offloaded from the plane for distribution in concert with UNICEF's partners on the ground. The air shipment also contained oral rehydration salts, which can save children's lives by combating the effects of diarrhoeal dehydration. Two water-and-sanitation experts were on the flight as well.
 
Meanwhile, 5,000 litres of drinking water have reached residents of the coastal city of Jacmel, along with 2,500 kitchen kits for displaced families. The supplies were dispensed in coordination with the World Food Programme.
 
And beginning today, UNICEF and its partners will distribute 26 water bladders in badly affected areas. Haiti's main water companies are providing tanker trucks to fill the bladders, which can hold between 5,000 and 10,000 litres each.
 
More aid en route
Two more planes loaded with UNICEF aid for Haiti were scheduled to land this weekend in Santo Domingo, the capital of the neighbouring Dominican Republic. The planes are carrying essential medicines and shelter materials, among other needed items.

Yéle Haiti
Yéle Haiti is a grassroots movement that builds global awareness for Haiti while helping to transform the country through programs in education, sports, the arts and environment. Yéle’s community service programs include food distribution and mobilizing emergency relief. Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti Wyclef Jean founded Yéle Haiti in 2005.

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The 8 Components of a Business Plan

Posted by privateequityinvestments on October 29, 2009 at 9:39 PM Comments comments (1)

The 8 Components of a Business Plan

  1. Executive Summary:
    A page or two with highlights from the business plan.
    This is similar to the presentations in our magazine or on the website.

  2. Company Description:
    Legal establishment, history, start-up plans, etc.

  3. Product or Service:
    Describe what you’re selling. Focus on customer benefits.
    What make your offering unique?

  4. Market Analysis:
    Describe the market, customer needs, where they are, how to reach them, etc.

  5. Strategy and Implementation:
    Be specific. Include management responsibilities with dates and budgets. Make sure you can track results.

  6. Management Team:
    Describe the organization and the key management team members.

  7. Financial Analysis:
    Make sure to include at minimum your projected Profit and Loss and Cash Flow

  8. Risk Analysis:
    What are the risks for this business?

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Business Plan Outline

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The business plan is the most important document in order to present your business to investors


The business plan should start with an Executive Summary which is the key summary of the Business Plan.


Investors expect to see the following key sections covered in the Business plan:

 

  • The Company
  • The Product/Service offered
  • The Market for this product/service
  • Strategy and Implementation
  • The Management team
  • Financial Analysis
  • Risk Analysis

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Choose the right financial option for your business

Posted by privateequityinvestments on October 18, 2009 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (0)
The type of finance you choose will depend on what kind of business you are starting, how much money you need and what you will use it for.

Many people use their own savings or personal borrowings to fund the business.
This may be the only choice if you can't convince anyone else to lend you money or invest in the business

Family or friends might back you.
However you should carefully consider the risk that they could lose their money if your business fails

You might qualify for a grant
- for example, if you are setting up a business in a deprived area. If your business is setting up in a deprived area, or in a sector that is not normally catered for by mainstream lenders, you might be able to attract finance from a community development finance institution. Alternatively you might be able to attract support from other businesses in your peer group.

If you have a credible business plan, you may be able to borrow from a bank. 
Many businesses use overdrafts for day-to-day borrowing and loans to finance large purchases such as equipment. If your business is likely to have peaks and troughs in its cashflow, it's essential to be able to clearly illustrate these to your bank so you can plan an overdraft

A larger business with good prospects might attract outside investors.
For example, 'business angels' typically invest £10,000 or more in exchange for a share in the business.  This type of funding requires an excellent and realistic business plan detailing how fundings will be used and a realistic financial forecast. Our investors can provide fundings for businesses ranging from £0.5m to £500m

Most businesses use a mixture of finance sources. For example, you might invest your own money in market research, bring in outside investors to share the risk and borrow from the bank to purchase equipment and machinery.


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Securing Equity Finance: Preparation

Posted by privateequityinvestments on October 18, 2009 at 8:48 PM Comments comments (1)
Once you have decided to seek equity finance, you'll need a comprehensive business plan incorporating a detailed marketing plan and realistic financial projections. Consider the following issues:

how much funding you need and 
what exactly the funding is for 
how much control you're hoping to retain and 
the skills the business needs 
how long you need the funds for 


Any potential investor will be looking for a number of core issues in your business plan:

What are your funding needs? 
Are your plans for the business realistic? 
Is your venture appropriate for external investment? 

Your business plan should seek to address these issues, and you should tailor the information you provide according to the investor you're approaching. The plan should include a series of detailed financial forecasts, what you intend to do with the funding, how you'll repay the investor, your management's level of expertise and what the investor can expect in return.



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