Fundraising, leadership and interpersonal excellence, were the main focus of a capacity building workshop for the recipients of the 2014 Intercultural Innovation Award. Hosted by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group, the workshop took place in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina, from the 8th to the 11th of April. It concluded with a field trip visit to Welcoming America, one of the awarded organization based in Atlanta that works to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans.
Participants from organizations based in Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America took part in various training sessions with the aim of building their capacity to increase the long-term effect and sustainability of their projects, such that the projects can expand and replicate in other contexts.
The training provided in South Carolina is part of the one-year support provided to finalists of the Intercultural Innovation Award, whose mandate is to select the highly innovative grassroots and sustainable projects of non-profit organisations that promote dialogue and intercultural understanding, while making vital contributions to prosperity and peace in global societies. It was established in 2011 by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group in a historic partnership geared towards creating a new model for collaboration between the private sector and the UN system.