Establish a Micro-loan Program through TCP Global
Wednesday, April 17 from 8:00 - 9:00 pm Eastern
TCP Global - an NPCA affiliate group - provides pro bono assistance to organizations to replicate the success of their micro-loan program. TCP Global is prepared to mentor, at no cost, any affiliate group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country.
Using the TCP Global model, loans would be administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities would identify effective organizations and, assisted by TCP Global, help them establish small, zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan programs to serve communities in perpetuity. By increasing the income of their clients, TCP Global partners find they are able to better achieve their primary mission goals. In addition to providing the entrepreneurs an alternative to usurious rates charged by daily lenders, TCP Global also strengthens the grassroots partner by providing them a steady revenue stream of interest earnings.
Learn more about this model and how to replicate it for your country of service on this webinar.
Virtual Town Hall
Wednesday, April 24 from 8:00 - 9:00 Eastern
Join our second Virtual Town Hall to connect with other affiliate groups, NPCA staff and NPCA Board Directors.
We invite all groups to share tips and challenges related to managing your affiliate group, followed by plenty of time for Q&A. NPCA staff and board members will be on hand to update you on resources that are available for you and respond to your questions.
Register your attendance here for your Town Hall, then share your activities and challenges to help us best prepare and respond through this quick survey.
Questions? Contact Mariko Schmitz, your Affiliate Group Network Coordinator.
Affiliate Group Annual Renewal 2019 is here...
... and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3
1. Decide on ONE group officer to submit reaffiliation for your group.
2. Submit your annual report (or separate activities and financial reports, as appropriate) by either:
Highlight your activities and achievements for the past year. Include a financial report. Your members want to know that you are doing great work and that their support is making a difference!
3. Fill out the annual reaffiliation form.
Reaffiliation Deadline: May 31, 2019
Need some guidance?
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com.
Make your Plans for Peace Corps Connect
Join us in Austin, TX on June 20-22 for Innovation for Good! There are lots of ways to engage your group:
Learn more and register.
Make your Pitch for Austin!
Following the conference theme “Innovation for Good,” Peace Corps Connect in Austin will host a pitch competition to celebrate amazing ideas started and fostered by members of the Peace Corps community that could change the world through social innovation. Deadline for submissions to pitch your idea in Austin is 11:59pm CST April 15th, 2019.
Two awards will be given: one by a panel of judges and one through an audience choice award. Each award will win no less than $2,500.
We look forward to coming together, celebrating, and helping to strengthen ideas with connections to Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the greater Peace Corps Community.
Make your pitch!
Showcase your Group at Peace Corps Connect
Affiliate Groups looking to feature their activities as an exhibitor at this year's Peace Corps Connect Conference in Austin may now do so at a deeply discounted rate! Visit our conference registration page and check out the "Exhibitor Tab" for more information. Groups who purchase an Affiliate Group Exhibit Booth registration will be provided a discount code to receive a 25% discount on one full priced registration! (Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and the code before you register.)
Help Peace Corps Be the Best It Can Be
We came together recently for a record-breaking effort on a so-called "Dear Colleague" letter in the House of Representatives. Now that the Senate launched its version of the letter, it is time to mobilize your members again! Reach out to tell your Senators to sign the Isakson-Feinstein letter for robust Peace Corps funding! Follow (and save) this link to read the letter, for information on how to take action, and to monitor who signed the letter before the April 23rd deadline. Contact email@example.com to discuss strategies to reach out to your Senators.
Micro-loans for your Peace Corps communities
TCP Global is looking to partner with RPCVs and affiliate groups to share their successful and sustainable micro-loan model to expand the program into your country.
How does it work? Using the TCP Global model, loans are administered through organizations already working at the grassroots level in health, education, empowerment, etc. RPCVs with connections to small communities identify effective organizations and, assisted by TCP Global, help them establish small, zero-overhead, sustainable micro-loan programs to serve communities in perpetuity. By increasing the income of their clients, TCP Global partners find they are able to better achieve their primary mission goals. In addition to providing the entrepreneurs an alternative to usurious rates charged by daily lenders, TCP Global also strengthens the grassroots partner by providing them a steady revenue stream of interest earnings, which they can use to fund community projects.
What support can you expect? TCP Global is ready to offer TCP Global micro-loans to RPCVs and "Friends of" groups. TCP Global is prepared to share their tools and toolkits and to mentor, at no cost, any friends-of-group interested in establishing micro-loan programs for their country. TCP also does the fundraising through the NPCA Community Fund.
Interested? Contact Helene Dudley.
Note for groups in the Americas: Thanks to funding from an anonymous donor and a tentative agreement with the Whole Planet Foundation, TCP Global has matching funds for a pilot program. Contact Helene for more information.
Here are your Divisional Board Directors!
Please reach out to the director in your division and add them to your email distribution list. In fact, you may already have them on your list, as we transfer the permanent emails as directors change. Add firstname.lastname@example.org (which goes to NPCA staff working with groups) and email@example.com (which goes to the Affiliate Group Network Coordinator, Mariko Schmitz), then the director for your division:
Meet the full Board of Directors.