Keystone Global Partners (KGP) commits to implement a model program (Keystone Global Partners) through which American non-profit organizations working in the areas of mental health, intellectual disabilities, autism, education, health care, and physical disabilities partner with emerging NGOs in developing countries. The intent of these partnerships is to enhance the capacities of promising NGOs and assist in sustaining their growth. The ultimate goal of the program is to advance systems of care - coordinated networks of services and supports - for people with disabilities around the globe.
Keystone Human Services' five-year KGP commitment will:
1. Encourage members of America's non-profit sector to exercise a more global view.
2. Make the expertise and capacity of the US non-profit sector available to address global problems in the area of intellectual disabilities, mental illness, autism, early childhood education, health care, early intervention, and physical disability.
3. Establish an array of long-term and enduring NGO global partnerships.
4. Create increased opportunities for America and Americans to be visible and active in international roles that are relevant, valued, and respected.
5. Support extensive professional exchange and internship opportunities.
6. Promote long-term systemic solutions to the world's pressing problems related to disabilities.
The KGP will have four major components:
1. Long-term partnerships between US non-profit organizations and non-governmental organizations in countries just beginning to develop their human service systems.
2. Professional staff exchanges will develop capacity in leadership, planning, governance, the role of non-profits, and general systems theory.
3. Social Entrepreneur Internship participants will be invited to work in a US partner organization and receive compensation and extensive training in leadership, management, clinical practice, service models, transparency, and integrated delivery systems.
4. As internships draw to a close, each Social Entrepreneur (SE) will be supported in preparing an action plan structured as a detailed business plan outlining what the SE would like to do in his or her home community. The best of these proposals will be selected for technical and/or financial support. They may also become the basis for grant requests to foundations and other donors. Funded projects will typically be implemented within the context of a long term NGO Partnership. KGP projects will be led and staffed by KGP participants who are nationals of the country where the project is being implemented.
In implementing this program, KGP will serve as a facilitator, brokering relationships and providing oversight to the developing partnerships. Keystone also will engage its own professional exchange and social entrepreneurship participants toward the development of long-term partnerships.
Keystone Global Partners will be implemented and coordinated by the leadership staff of Keystone Human Services who will broker potential global partnerships, identify resources, build awareness, and match needs within a variety of frameworks and timeframes. Through this structured format, emerging NGOs will be given access to best-practices in human services through national and international provider associations and networks, and will receive the support needed for growth and sustainability. The KGP program will impact the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families, throughout the world.
Specific Activities Include:
- Identification and cultivation of US-based non-profit organizations and international NGOs matched on specific needs, resources, interests, and goals.
- Resource mobilization.
- Grant funding.
- Collaborative fundraising.
- Professional exchanges/international practical training programs/ leadership tours.
- Policy development/implementation.
- Coalition building/partnership building.
- Raising awareness/building knowledge.
- Communications/utilization and education of mass-media.
- Institutional capacity building.
- In-kind support (communications, IT support, leadership, etc.).
- Product or technology donation.
- Technical assistance.
- Professional development.
- Leadership development.
- Provision of compliance and transparency capabilities, and management integrity.
- Shared governance.