Civil society

Free Nonprofit Communications Toolkit

Cause Communications, 21 January 2005

Cause Communications' newest book entitled Communications Toolkit -a guide to navigating communications for the nonprofit world, is a guide to navigating communications for the nonprofit world. This toolkit can help nonprofit newcomers, veterans, and anyone in between find the resources they need to wage more effective communications campaigns.

Organisational Lessons for Nonprofits

Nonprofit leaders are often so focused on building programs and raising money that they neglect the organizational structures and management processes that form the base of enduring institutions.

This McKinsey case study on Teach For America explores the efforts made by one US nonprofit to ensure sustainable organisational capacity.

Read the article: Organisational lessons for nonprofits.

Putting Development Finance Back on the Agenda of the NPO sector

The South African Non-Governmental Coalition (SANGOCO), organised and hosted a NGO Caucus on the 8 March 2005, comprising of civil society organisations to exchange information and take collective responsibility to assist the financial sustainability of the NPO sector. A core group of participants from the NPO sector and donor community were invited to participate in a discussion on "Development Finance."

Nonprofit Internet Strategies

Nonprofit Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising Success by Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield and Michael Johnston is now available .

Published by John Wiley & Sons and available for purchase since 11 March 2005, the book "offers every charitable organization the opportunity to analyze their options and select the appropriate strategy to integrate traditional marketing, communications, and fundraising practices with their online efforts."

Donor-NGO Relations Within the Context of Corporate Social Investment

Sustainability in its simplest form means to support and/or keep in existence. Most discussions around sustainability in the sector are focussed on the financial support or, more accurately, the lack of it. Alternatively, financial sustainability is expected to develop through the design of self-generating income by the non-profits, rather than donor funds.

Ten Years into Democracy: Examining the Impact of Globalisation on Development Funding for SA NGOs

Extract from the Paper

Critics on the left and the right, on the inside and the outside of the government hold globalisation responsible for the stubborn prevalence of poverty and inequality in South Africa (SA), albeit with differing accents. This finger is not pointed without merit. For while globalization may be described as a mere process (Tomlinson, 1997), as opposed to a grand moment in the evolution of world history, it is precisely its insidious and artfully benign character that positions it as a force to be reckoned with.

The Size and Scope of the Non-Profit Sector in South Africa

South Africa’s history of multiple social formations, created over the centuries, has profoundly affected the evolution of the large and diverse group of organizations that can only with great conceptual difficulty be categorised as the ‘non-profit sector’. To the extent that this is a coherent group, its diversity reflects the complexities of present-day South Africa, incorporating the residues of the past.

Smoke and Mirrors: The National Lottery and the NonProfit Sector

Research Report No. 1, 2002. CCS. 

Extract from the Paper

In a context of massive reductions in government consumption spending, the National Lottery is intended to provide a sustainable source of funding for non-profit organisations providing much needed sporting, arts, cultural, social and environmental services to the South African public. This funding, it is hoped, will help secure a better life for all citizens.

Results of an Organisational Survey for a Report on the State of Civil Society in South Africa

Research Reports: State of Civil Society in South Africa. 2001. Core and Idasa.

Extract from the Paper

This report provides the results of a survey conducted by the Co-operative for Research and Education (Core) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) on behalf of the South African National Non-Governmental Organisation Coalition (Sangoco).

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