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Episode 13 - How to Perform A Needs Assessment with Pia Saengswang Moffatt

HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN IN LOVE WITH PLACE AND PEOPLE WHILE TRAVELING AND FELT COMPELLED TO GIVE BACK- BUT DIDN’T KNOW WHERE TO START? OR HAD AN IDEA TO DO SOMETHING AT HOME, BUT WERE AFRAID YOUR IDEA MAY NOT TRANSLATE INTO SOMETHING THAT WOULD SERVE THOSE MEMBERS OF YOUR COMMUNITY? MAYBE GIVING BACK ISN’T ON YOUR RADAR SCREEN QUITE YET, BUT KEEP THIS PODCAST IN MIND WHEN YOU ARE READY BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME REAL VALUABLE INSIGHTS IN HERE.

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A needs assessment is the foundation for effective, long lasting, positive impact with your future projects. We will discuss how to perform a needs assessment in today’s episode.

In the first episode of the Adventure Activist I sat down with Conrad Anker and Jenni Lowe Anker to hear about the legacy of Alex Lowe and the mission of the Khumbu Climbing Center. After that conversation I was honored to be asked by Jenni to travel to Nepal, help with the program, and investigate how their foundation could best support healthcare in the village of Phortse.

To help address that mission, I reached out to friend and Adventure Activist board member Pia Saengswang Moffit.

Building off her foundation as a public interest law fellow at Harvard Law school, Pia has over 25 years of experience within the non-profit and private sectors. She has a special focus on venture philanthropy, education policy, social entrepreneurship, non- profit management and film. In the early 1990’s, Pia helped launch the first social entrepreneur-focused venture philanthropy fund in the United States – The Echoing Green Foundation (EGF) – with leading NYC-based venture capital firm General Atlantic Partners. EGF has funded 300+ non-profit start-ups worldwide in the environment, education, public health, and youth service. As an independent strategy consultant with a focus on education, non-profit and social change initiatives, Pia’s long-term clients have included: The Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The College Board, Inc., and The Prudential Foundation. In addition, Pia has produced documentary films and public education campaigns for the J.Paul Getty Trust, the Getty Conservation and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Using the context of my upcoming trip to Nepal last winter, Pia and I caught up on a cold January day so I could pick up some pearls from her expertise.

You will learn:
What a Needs Assessment is
Who should be involved
How to develop your questions
How to cultivate stakeholders for your idea
. . and more!

To learn more about Pia and her projects: www.thunderdragonfund.org

Sign up for our newsletter to get an outline of this toolkit episode: www.theadventureactivist.org

Theme Music: Broke for Free, “Night Owl”
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Background Music: Evan Phillips
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