One of my favourite storybook characters as a child was Mrs Tiggywinkle from The Tale of Mrs Tiggywinkle by Beatrix Potter. She was a hedgehog who miraculously reinvented herself daily - without ever compromising her true identity - into an industrious entrepreneur who ran a laundry service! There she was bustling across the rolling green hills of the English countryside, a world that for me existed only in storybooks, the conversations of my parents and birthday cards from relatives.
The Centre for HIV/AIDS Networking (HIVAN) has a long history of working in the field of HIV and AIDS and TB:
A case study of the Children’s Hospital Trust’s fundraising success The Children’s Hospital Trust (the Trust) is widely considered to be one of the most successful fundraising organisations in South Africa, having raised over R420 million for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape since its inception in 1994.
Perhaps a great deal has already been written about NPO sustainability and impact. But, the social mindset of South Africans is telling a new story. South Africa is said to be the protest capital of the world. This, for any development practitioner raises the questions such as: are we doing enough? It can be said that many corporate social investment (CSI) programmes produce many results on the extent to which they may have funded education or sports or health. How are we putting what we know into concrete action, with tangible benefits and outcomes?
Living through Learning is a non-governmental organisation working in the education sector. Living through Learning run a bridging college incorporating practical STEM learning and technology. Our students are bridged into technical tertiary degrees at University. Living through Learning is in urgent need of 35 laptops for our students for TEACH. We have a service provider able to offer the following:
Charities and voluntary organisations play a pivotal role in society, and yet, inevitably, often face financial challenges which threaten both their causes, and continued existences. In order to raise awareness and generate funds amidst a plethora of other organisations all asking members of the corporate and private sectors to “dig deep”, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and related associations need to make their unique stories and needs stand out in a crowd.
I have just achieved one of my ambitions as an early literacy specialist – helping to bring into being several little board books for babies and toddlers in all of our 11 official languages. You may ask why on earth babies and toddlers should get books when they cannot even talk yet, and how can it matter what language to use when the babies obviously cannot even read? Here is why I think it matters – enormously.
Windows 8 is here! Eligible organisations can now request donated upgrades of Windows 8 Professional and Enterprise editions through the Microsoft Software Donation Programme at SANGOTeCH.
The Business Bridge Initiative is on a mission to provide high quality, affordable business training to entrepreneurs on a global scale. Their model is designed to bring education to small business owners through a network of committed professionals who give their time and skills, and partner organisations who provide a range of support services. They are currently training 500 entrepreneurs around Cape Town, inspiring them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make changes in their businesses and their communities.
The words ‘competition’ and ‘competitive’ are increasingly being used to address the nonprofit sector, something which should both shame and alarm us all. As a sector, irrespective of our different areas of focus, our collective mandate is to facilitate an environment which uplifts human lives and we should not be competing to do that. Instead, we should be looking for ways to support each other in the achievement of this collective mandate.