19 February 2019
When we explore the question of technology in our sector, conversation quickly turns to back-office systems for creating more efficiencies in accounting, finance, HR, and operations. Certainly, many larger NGOs have been implementing a wide range of enterprise systems that often integrate these functions more seamlessly while also connecting the head office and the field.
6,057 donors completed the 2018 Global Trends in Giving Survey and based on their responses, the donor community worldwide is made up of primarily women (65%) who have a liberal ideology (53%), characterize themselves as religious (72%), and give between ($101-$1,000 USD) annually (43%). These donors are most likely to support the causes of children and youth (15%), health and wellness (11%), and animals and wildlife (11%).
3 December 2018
Tech and telecoms companies including Cisco, Vodacom, HP, Accenture and Intel made big pledges to the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100 over the weekend.
On 2 December, Global Citizen brought together its largest contingency of heads of state, dignitaries, a group of the world's most talented artists and influencers, and thousands of global citizens to celebrate the centenary of late struggle icon and former president Nelson Mandela.
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 (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.
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.
Writing proposals and reports to funders can be one of the most stressful parts of working in the social change sector.
The slogan of The Sunflower Fund is ‘Share a Little, Save a Life’, and I would like to give you an opportunity on 16 September 2015 to make a difference in the life of someone suffering from leukaemia or other life-threatening blood disorders.