COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, FUND DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH OF NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS IN KENYA: A CASE STUDY OF MOMBASA COUNTY
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Nongovernmental organizations is part of many cultures worldwide, locally and in Kenya. Therefore, sustainability is vital for the progression of non-governmental organizations in accomplishment of its objectives. Establishing the role of community engagement, fund development in the growth of nongovernmental organizations is paramount. This study aimed at determining the influence of community engagement and fund development on the growth of non-governmental organizations in Kenya. A descriptive research design was used with a target population of 68 employees in Mombasa County. Quantitative data was collected using a structured questionnaire. Data obtained was analyzed using SPSS and presented using tables, figures and charts. The results indicated that community engagement influences the growth of non-governmental organizations at a rate of 45% by enhancing efficiency. Accordingly, 21% of the respondents agreed that it increases accountability, 23% were of the opinion that it minimizes resource wastage, while 11% indicated that interpersonal aspect of community engagement enhances donor confidence. On the other hand, 41% of the respondents felt that fund development is important to the growth of NGOs as it leads to timely completion of projects. 34% of the respondents indicated that it leads to more cooperation while 16% pointed out that fund development is essential in efficient running of operations.9% of the respondents agreed that income diversification as an aspect of fund development enhances confidence of the beneficiaries.. The study recommends enhanced community participation, interpersonal capacity building and extensive creation of affiliations while encouraging income diversification for financial sustainability in all non-governmental institutions in Kenya.