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The advantages of partnering with Delft MaMa

 by Delft MaMa Outreach Coordinator Maria Steenhuizen and Chairwoman Meredith Mull Aggarwal

 

Why sponsor or partner with Delft MaMa?

For the past 12 years, Delft MaMa, a volunteer-led non-profit organisation, has served international mothers and their families. Delft MaMa helps them find their place and new acquaintances in Delft and its surroundings. Over this time, the organisation has become known as a reliable collaborator with those who want to build their community.

The results of Delft MaMa`s activities are a strong network of dedicated volunteers, a calendar of public events with different themes and purposes organised throughout the year and a continuously evolving community. The latter consists of thousands of international families and women who are very active and present online (see Delft MaMa Communications Report) and offline at the events, which everyone is welcome to join. In addition, Delft MaMa has well-established long-term community connections and relationships. These include Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), The Hague International Centre and ACCESS.

Every year, Delft MaMa creates engaging and meaningful opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses to present their services and products to the community.

Sponsoring Delft MaMa can be through a financial sponsorship, community partnership with exchange of skills, information and space, or as an individual donor. Being a sponsor gives you access to the community, a platform to showcase yourself or your business, an audience to see your product or service. It also provides you with an organisation through which to increase your skill set or advance your experience.

Last, but not least, partnering with Delft MaMa is a creative and fun co-working process. It is facilitated by enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to make it enjoyable and beneficial for all involved parties.

Why are partnerships and sponsorships important for volunteer non-government organisations like Delft MaMa?

As an organisation without set funding, Delft MaMa creates and supports partnerships and sponsorships as a way to secure resources. These include building space, expertise, funding and grants. Partnership also allows Delft MaMa to assess where it can contribute to the community, such as in the case of the Mosaic Project from 2016 or through refugee support.

In 2018, Delft MaMa applied for ANBI designation, which would allow donations to Delft MaMa to be tax-deductible. In this way, such funding sources would likely be easier to obtain. This process is still pending, however, and Delft MaMa currently does not know the status. You can read more about this process and status here.

How to get involved

Many organisations and individuals reach out to Delft MaMa throughout the year. They see value in the Delft MaMa community and desire to support it through their skills, services and products.

Online. Delft MaMa’s Facebook group allows self-promotion by its members on the first day of each month and within a specific post.

Offline. Delft MaMa’s Outreach team determines if an organisation, business or individual is a good partner for the Delft MaMa community. Current and former Delft MaMa volunteers who have expertise to share are easily accepted as a partner. People who have been a part of the Delft MaMa community throughout the years know the community best, after all!

In other cases, the Outreach team examines the intent of the partnership and how it supports the Delft MaMa community. Sometimes, a partner or sponsor has a clear idea of what and how they would like to provide for the community. This may be a workshop on a specific topic and at their own location, for example. Other times, there may simply be an interest for more information. At this point the Outreach team may consider a proposal suited to both the partner/sponsor and Delft MaMa. Partnerships like this may involve bringing other partners on board to support an event by providing a location or a speaker, sometimes resulting in a larger collaborative event, like in the case of the Multilingual Children event in September 2019.

Partnership/sponsorship packages with Delft MaMa

Delft MaMa aims to creatively and flexibly coordinate partnerships within the Delft region. There are also straight sponsorship packages for partners who are ready to provide larger amounts of funding for the organisation. You can review our current packages here: Delft MaMa Sponsorship Opportunities. Please reach out at hello@delftmama.nl if a package speaks to you or your business or organisation. We would love to hear from you!

Latest experiences with sponsorship and partnership and projects which have been possible to realise with sponsors` contribution

Here are a few of our partners and what their partnership means to Delft MaMa:

The Hague International Centre as similar-mission community partner

This partnership aligns two organisations which each serve the international community in the South Holland region. In May 2020, Delft MaMa will present about family affairs at The Hague International Centre’s CONNECT event.

ACCESS as similar-mission community partner

Also aligning two organisations who serve a similar community.

Mint kids conceptstore

To host playgroups and other meetings and events.

TU Delft “Coming to Delft” program to host SLiDe Socials and other workshops

In this partnership, there could be overlap among the communities, as both serve the international communities in Delft. It also allows Delft MaMa to expand its reach to the international community connected to TU Delft. The “Coming to Delft” program informs its audience about partnered events between the two organisations. It also sometimes provides space for Delft MaMa to host an event.

Chameleon Reader as sponsor and Ute’s International Lounge as speaker for Multilingual Children event

Chameleon Reader reached out to Delft MaMa to connect their product for multilingual children. To increase the value of the event, Delft MaMa reached out to Dr. Ute Limacher-Riebold to share her expertise on raising multilingual children, for which she is known throughout the Delft region. In addition, for a location, Delft MaMa reached out to its partner, Mint kids conceptstore, which gladly provided a venue.

Ezzy Family as host and speaker for Pelvic Floor Health Workshop

This is a partnership that came from a specific request. Physiotherapist Yasmae Omar reached out to teach a pelvic floor health workshop to mothers, which was hosted in her studio.

Happy Mamas Den Haag via Johanne Bade at Fit Fabulous Moms as speaker for More Me -Time workshop hosted by Mint kids conceptstore

Johanne reached out to Delft MaMa to speak on various topics which Delft MaMa coordinated with Mint kids conceptstore. Johanne is also starting a foundation, Happy Mamas Den Haag, with a similar mission of supporting women in early motherhood.

Karolina Thakker Design 

A freelance multidisciplinary designer who has worked for the past few months on redesigning delftmama.nl to optimize user friendliness of Delft MaMa’s site. Karolina reached out to Delft MaMa with a skill set she could share with a community organisation she respected. We look forward to going live with the new site later this month!

Coming up soon

The next collaborative event on Delft MaMa’s calendar is also later this month. “Review Your CV” will be on 19 February 2020 at TU Delft, hosted by Delft MaMa Volunteer Coordinator Elena Mellara. In this case, a current volunteer offered her expertise to the community. We hope to see many eager learners at the workshop. Read more here.

Conclusion

So, you can see there are many ways a person, business or organisation can partner with Delft MaMa. In each case, we aim for a mutually beneficial relationship!

If you are interested in cooperating with Delft MaMa as a sponsor or a partner, or considering becoming one of its volunteers, please write to us. Join the upcoming General Meeting to meet Delft MaMa volunteers and be a part of the planning process.

Read more about Delft MaMa or follow us on Facebook, group or page, or on Instagram. A lot more information about the organisation, its projects and current partners is available on the website.

 

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Out with the old, in with the new: Reflecting on 2019 with Delft MaMa

Welcome to our now annual Out with the old, in with the new blog post as we say goodbye to 2019. We asked  Delft MaMa Chairwoman Meredith Mull Aggarwal to share an informal review of what we’ve done this year. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy a review of the year behind us before we look ahead in the year to come.

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Soft Landing in Delft (SLiDe) Programme

Agashnee Bodos stepped in as coordinator of Delft MaMa’s revamped SLiDe programme earlier this year. SLiDe, short for “Soft Landing in Delft”,  was originally designed to provide mentorship for newcomers to Delft in order to ease their transition. We’ve asked Agashnee to explain a bit about the revamped programme, what she expects to see in the future, and how you can help.

At the moment Agashnee is on maternity leave with her first child. We wish her all the best, and look forward to her return later in the year.

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Amsterdam Diary’s Parenting Blogs Award of 2019 Competition

Update! We won the competition!

Press Release:

Parenting Blogs Award 2019The Delft MaMa blog won the Parenting Blogs Award 2019 with 53% of the total votes. According to the editor Kate Groves, the blog is for the community and by the community. To attract non-native English writers, the blog team also has two volunteer proofreaders. Kathryn Roscoe and Candice Lamothe ensure the posts are easy to read for everyone. Kate says it is essential that people keep volunteering to write and to keep suggesting relevant topics. The blog editor humbly shares the award with the Delft MaMa community: “This award belongs to you [Delft MaMa community], because your suggestions made the posts happen. This award also belongs to the writers that bring your suggestions to life with their own voices, and to the writers that come forward with their always creative content!” Winning the Parenting Blogs Award 2019 is a recognition of the Delft MaMa volunteers’ hard work. More than that, it shows the strength of a community that never stops growing and creating new connections in the Netherlands.


We have an announcement!

I’Banners voor Parenting Blogs Award 2019m proud to announce that Amsterdam Diary has nominated us for a (Dutch) Parenting Blogs award for 2019! In their nomination, they wrote (original text is in Dutch):

This site is perfect for all parents in Delft. You can read about events, workshops, play groups and more. The website is in English, and during the events there is mainly English spoken. This way you can get to know people from other countries and cultures, and teach your children to interact with others who they may not immediately understand. With some gestures and lots of play, the kids will make friends without problems, even if they don’t have the same background at all. It is therefore an enriching experience for both parents and children.

If you’d like to vote for us, please find us at this link and submit your vote! Voting closes on 28 June.

Any questions? Please contact us.

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Steering the Delft MaMa ship: An interview with the women behind the wheel

In May, Meredith Mull Aggarwal replaced Marie Kummerlowe as the new Delft MaMa Chairwoman. Delft MaMa has made many changes in the past few years as it takes on more activities serving the expat community in Delft. What does it take to steer the DMM ship? Lynette Croxford sat down with both women to talk about their experiences “behind the wheel”. You can also see Marie’s recap of 2018 here. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to seeing what the new year will bring. I wish the best of luck for both women in their roles!

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Blasts from the past: revisiting the DMM blog’s gems

On April 18, 2016, Tarja van Veldhoven and Agnès Battlori Benet posted the very first post of the Delft MaMa blog. This April we’re celebrating the blog’s 3rd blogiversary!

I talked with some of our past editors about their experiences working with the blog and if they wanted to share some memorable posts for your reading pleasure. As I tried to map a timeline of people who helped run the blog, I quickly realized that while Tarja and later Marie were major coordinators of the blog, there were MANY contributors that helped keep the blog running smoothly. While I haven’t been able to track you all down, know that we appreciate you! Happy reading…

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A spoonful of sugar… in memory of Karen Heijman

On Friday, 8 March, Karen Heijman passed away suddenly. She has been a valuable part of Delft Mama and has touched the lives of many of our members. Read on as Delft Mama Julia Candy shares a sweet memorial in honor of her close friend Karen. Tarja Van Veldhoven also wrote a lovely Delft Mama of the Week blog post about Karen in 2016, which you can find here. Elizabeth Newcamp prepared a video for Karen’s funeral service, which you can view here.

Karen, you and your loved ones are in our thoughts and hearts.

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