We look forward to receiving your application for The Global Social Action Accelerator and want to help make sure that each and every interested applicant is able to submit a strong application that helps your project idea shine! To help you organize and prepare, Amizade is sharing this insightful resource library with you. Make good use of it and get in touch with our team if you have any questions at GSAA@amizade.org.

Application Section
While we ask that you submit your final application online here, you can also find a PDF Version so that you can review the questions to help you prepare. In the application, you will see that each section is built around the questions below. follow each link for resources to help the corresponding section of your application. We have also included several General Resources to help in your overall project plan.

Who | Why | What | How | When | Where | What Next | How Much

General Resources

NonprofitReady.org
Tools – Innov8social
Low-tech Magazine
Design Thinking – Stanford Social Innovation Review
Quirky
TED Talks
Ideas – Fast Company
Open Challenges – IDEO
How to Do Things
BBC Country Profiles
City-Data
Amizade Global Citizen Resource Guide
GapMinder
Counter Spill
New Internationalist
CIRI Human Rights Data
Explore.org
Inc.com
Top Documentary Films
Social Good Guides
Social Innovation Resources & Networks
Community Tool Box
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For Your Application

WHO

Who is your project serving? How do you identify community needs? How can you work together with the community for successful solutions?

Amizade Fair Trade Learning Model
“The Unexotic Underclass”
“Community Problem Solving” – MIT Strategy for a Changing World
“Analyzing Community Problems”
“Identifying Community Assets and Resources”
“Developing a Plan for Assessing Local Needs and Resources”
“Always Talk to Strangers”
“Identify the Root Cause of Your Community Issue”
Innovator’s Toolkit – 12 Civic Actions
CDC Community Needs Assessment
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WHY

Why are you doing this project? What difference will this project make in the community? How will people be better off?

“Prepare a Compelling Personal Statement”
“Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – Well-being”
“Yardsticks: how to compare the scale of different social problems”
“How to compare different global problems in terms of impact”
“The world’s biggest problems and why they’re not what first comes to mind”
“The meaning of making a difference”
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WHAT (also “who”)

What is your project? What is your idea?

“Fellowship Project Proposal Ideas”
“Create a Fellowship Application Plan”
“3 Ways to Stand Out After Submitting Your Application”
“6 Questions to Ask Before You Start a Social Enterprise”
“Want to do good? Here’s how to choose an area to focus on”
“Which jobs help people the most?”
“Can one person make a difference? What the evidence says”
“Which global problem should you work on?”
“List of the most urgent global issues”
“Civic Participation Begins in Schools”
“Why Do We Play?”
“The Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship”
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HOW (see “what next”) 

How can you put your idea into action? What steps will you take?

“Writing SMART Goals”
“How to Change the World”
“9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible”
“Social Media Has Its Pitfalls But You Can Use It For Positive Change—Here’s How”
“Using Story to Solve Social Problems”
“3 Common Ways Our Personal Actions Don’t Match Our Political Values — And How It Hurts Our Movements”
“Burn-Out Prevention and Intervention”
“How to Tell the Difference Between Real Solidarity and ‘Ally Theater’”
“How Black Lives Matter Uses Social Media to Fight the Power”
“Reshaping Social Entrepreneurship”
“7 Super Steps to Recruit Volunteers”
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WHEN

Successful projects have a clear timeline and plan for action. These may change as your work, but a clear plan with goals and key deadlines will help you progress on your plan.

“5 Rules to Keep a Realistic Timeline for your Project”
“How to Create a Realistic Project Schedule”
“Estimating Activity Duration: An important work of a Project Manager”
“Six Methods for the Estimation of Activity Duration in Project Management”
“Project Management: Time Estimates and Planning”
“Microsoft Project Timeline Template”
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WHERE

Where will the main action of your project take place? If your project will take place somewhere other than your own community, how might your identity influence your work?

“25+ Examples of Western Privilege”
“30+ Examples of Middle-to-Upper Class Privilege”
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WHAT NEXT

How will your project continue after the GSAA year? What is your plan for sustainability?

“How Protests Become Successful Social Movements”
“Promoting Effective Altruism”
“Why Evidence Action Prioritized Behavior Change over Scaling”
“The difference between true and tangible impact”
“Can Corporations Inspire Social Good?”
“Likert Scale”
“Two Keys to Sustainable Social Enterprise”
“How to Develop a Logic Model”
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HOW MUCH (see “how”)

All projects in the Amizade Global Social Action Accelerator program are required to match 50% of project funding through crowdfunding, in-kind donations, and/ or other avenues. Your budget should clearly indicate the amount requested from the grant, your projected in-kind donations, as well as a general fundraising goal and plan. Funding from Amizade is capped at $1,000 per project. So, for example, if your total project budget is $2,000, you could request $1,000 from Amizade and fundraise for $1,000.

“How to create a budget spreadsheet”
“Crowdfunding”
“Evaluation Budgeting Quick Guide”
“Focus Your Dollars on Results”
“How to Fund Social Change in an Increasingly Networked and Volatile Environment”
“Create a Budget that Works for You”
“Analyze Your Finances to Ensure Your Mission”
“The Value of Fundraising with a Social Entrepreneurship Mindset”
“Fundraising Basics: [Part 1] How to Create and Provide Value to Your Donors”
Infographic: “The Value of Peer-to-Peer Fundraising”
“It’s Not About You…It’s About Them: Values-Based Individual Donor Fundraising”
“The Value of Using Fundraising Metrics On Your Campaign Site”
“Asking for Donations: The Nonprofit’s Guide”
“Planning For, Securing, and Documenting In-Kind Donations”
“How to Ask for Donations: A Nonprofit’s Guide”
“Asking for Donations: 9 Best Practices”
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