The not-for-profit organisations get money for various welfare projects, but when it comes to funding skill development of their own managers, donors shy away, say experts.
There is a tangible deficit of expertise that could cater to the needs of leadership skills development, according to NGO managers who converged for a workshop at the American Express's newly-launched Leadership Academy in Gurgaon.
A total of 24 leaders from 12 national and regional NGOs working in various fields like HIV awareness, environment, child rights, primary education, and women employment, turned up to discuss ways of developing an effective pool of leaders, engaging with the media fruitfully, and issues related to fund raising, and managing resources.
“Working as non-profit organisations is not any charity but we are accountable for development. Hence, we need to have an effective mechanism to deliver,” said Sonali Khan, of Breakthrough, an organisation which works for human rights.
According to Judy Tenzer, vice-president, Corporate Social Responsibility at American Express, the modules of training courses were worked out taking into account the difficulties faced by NGO managers.