Q&A: How a new toolkit is helping nonprofits budget for risk

Maya Winkelstein, executive director of the Open Road Alliance. Photo by: Bridgette Bugay

Every NGO faces roadblocks at one point or another. But SOIL, an organization working to address the sanitation problem in Haiti, was literally prevented from getting from point A to point B. Burning piles of debris blocked the road to its composting waste treatment site in Port-au-Prince.

They contacted Open Road Alliance, which directs grants to nonprofits and social good companies that run into barriers that could potentially shut down their operations. The private philanthropic initiative provided SOIL with $100,000 to allow the nonprofit aid organization to build a new composting facility on private land adjacent to the land the Haitian government had informally provided within the city’s solid waste dump. With this support, SOIL could scale up its two sanitation businesses and expand its services in the capital.

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    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.