Since 2008 the Mission Development Office has been registered in Italy as the Good Shepherd International Foundation ONLUS. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors, appointed by the Congregational Leadership Team. The Board is chaired by the President.
Mission Development Office - Good Shepherd International Foundation - www.gsif.it
The staff of GSIF based in Rome includes:
Cristina Duranti - Director
Calogero Gugliotta - Chief Financial Officer & Child Safeguarding Focal Point
Clizia Straccamore - Executive Assistant Finance & Administration Desk
Laura Talamonti - Finance & Admin Officer Program Cycle Management Quality Desk
Simone Capolupo - Project Cycle Management Quality Desk Manager
Giovanna Reda - Learning & Capacity Development Desk Manager
Sara Braga - Communication & Fundraising Desk Manager
Giuseppe Ragone - Creativity Specialist
Andrea Curreri - Regional Working Group Coordinator
In 2010 the Province of Lebanon-Syria began to develop a local MDO in Lebanon which works in collaboration with the MDO in Rome and is coordinated by Sr. Antoinette Assaff. Thanks to the support offered by the Australian Volunteers Association, which provided a professional volunteer for 2 years the office has been established and is now supporting the sisters in Lebanon and Syria to fundraise for their programs with national and international partners.
In 2013, the MDO began to work with the Province of Bolivia-Chile and the Provincial leaders of REAL to develop an MDO Latin America , based in Bolivia, supporting the projects of the sisters in the region.
In 2016, an MDO was established in Asia Pacific. Ms Theresa Symons is the Regional Manager., based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Office mirrors the services offered by GSIF Rome such as capacity building, organizational development, resource mobilization and monitoring and evaluation.
In 2018, after collaborating over the years with the Good Shepherd sisters in their work in human trafficking prevention and child protection in Nepal, the GSIF established a local branch based in Kathmandu. GSIF Nepal will strengthen the Good Shepherd mission in Nepal, by offering more effective support to the programs through capacity building and organizational development activities.
Good Shepherd International Foundation was presented with an award by the Lang Foundation as High Performing Non Profit. The award was presented in Milan to Cristina Durante, accompanied by team members Andrea Curreri and Sara Braga, and Brother Allen Sherry, board member, on Philanthropy Day in the presence of national and international speakers.
GSIF was recognised for:
Investing on the capacity and sustainability of non profit organizations.
Focusing on the results achieved by the organization rather than on its 'overhead'.
Designing projects based on the Theory of Change that puts outcomes rather than outputs at the forefront.
For more information on the Award go to https://www.fondazionelangitalia.it/en/lang-philanthtropy-day/vi-edition/
Consolidated the network of traditional Catholic funding agencies (Misean Cara Ireland, Missio Aachen, Kindermissionswerk, MIVA NL, Misereor, Italian Bishops Conference, Hilton Fund, Koch foundation) who have been supporting the sisters in the past and created relationships with new agencies and private donors;
Improved the overall quality of the proposals presented to the funding agencies, increased their level of accountability, and contributed to raise the profile of the Good Shepherd Sisters with international partners and in the social media community;
Achieved a success rate in grant-seeking of 80%;
Created a new website www.goodshepherdinternationalfoundation.org featuring the projects of the Good Shepherd Sisters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America supported by the MDO and developed an active community on the Social media on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GSIFoundation and Twitter https://twitter.com/GSSIFoundation
Produced film Mahila: A Women's Movement Rising in 2018, featuring a Good Shepherd Economic Justice Project in CE India.
The film is available at this link - http://www.mahilafilm.com
The Reflection Guide is available at this link - http://admin.goodshepherd-asiapacific.org.au/Assets/Files/2018%20IWD%20Mahila%20Reflection%20Guide.pdf