Fundraising

Is CSI Spend Making Any Difference?

It is becoming customary for those working in the social investment sector to raise, or to be asked, this question: “Billions of rands have been spent over the past decade, but what difference has this made?”

It is not surprising that, 20 years into our young democracy, people are restless, having hoped for more significant transformational change that would address the legacies of an inequitable educational system, huge social inequality and the alarming youth unemployment rate – or ‘neets’ (not in employment, education or training), as these young people are now referred to.

Corporate Social Investment - From Feeble to Forceful, Through Effective Measurement

“Corporate Social Investment (CSI) has a hard-earned reputation for flakiness,” a blogger for The Economist’s Schumpeter column recently wrote in an article about the business value of CSI.
 
Unfortunately, the perception of CSI being a light and insubstantial business matter has been one of its many challenges in the past. Thankfully, it is safe to say that today’s business leadership has evolved past the point of discrediting and devaluing CSI for having any business value.
 

Donor-Advised Funds

Jo* is the director of a small nonprofit organisation providing care and skills training for physically disabled adults. Much of her time is spent on fundraising and the pressure to raise the R5 million they need each year just to keep the doors open is mounting. The organisation has a handful of corporate and individual donors but they do not want to fund administration, utilities or salaries even though these are the main costs of providing care. Short and unpredictable funding cycles mean that every year is a new struggle.

Zim NGOs Abuse Over US$850m

The United States, through its US Agency for International Development (USAID), donated close to a billion dollars into the non-governmental organisation sector (NGO) sector in pursuit of illegal regime change in the final stages of the ill-fated inclusive government.
 
The revelations come as Western donors announced they were stopping availing money to anti-government NGOs in Zimbabwe after they failed to account for over US$850 million extended by USAID as part of the illegal regime change agenda between 2011 and 2014.
 

SRC Raises Funds for Needy Students

An ambitious plan of the University of the Witwatersrand Student Representative Council (SRC) to raise R1 million for fellow students' tuition became reality.

This was after an individual donor gave R553 000 to help students from poor families who cannot get funding from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

Japan Donates to NGO Projects in Mozambique

The Japanese ambassador in Mozambique, Akira Mizutani, and representatives of the three NGOs - Fondazione Terre des Hommes, of Italy, OIKOS - Cooperation and Development of Portugal, and the Mozambican organisation Kulima - signed the financing agreements in Maputo.

85 337 dollars will be invested in a project implemented by Fondazione Terre des Hommes in Boane district, in Maputo province, which seeks to improve education, water supply and sanitation in four schools.

US Govt Probes Zim Civil Society

At least 15 civil society organisations are under investigation by the United States government through its major donor fund distribution channel the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) over corruption and misappropriation of millions of dollars.

Sources close to the investigations also say a senior official with USAID Zimbabwe office who was responsible for receiving and processing funding proposals from local non-governmental organisations had been summoned to Washington DC for questioning.

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