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Collaboration, Innovation, Development and Sustainability Major Issues for NGOs

What are the future financial and funding models for non-government organisations (NGOs)? That was the question asked at the Kagiso Trust (the Trust) community engagement workshop and panel discussion held at the University of Johannesburg - Soweto Campus on 16 April 2015.
 

Innovation is Key to NPO Sustainability Says Fundraising Leaders

Nonprofit organisations (NPOs), who depend on public and private donations to fund their work, will need to be innovative and creative in order to survive in an increasingly challenging economic environment.
 
“With the decrease in international funding, lottery grants as rare as hens teeth and corporate donations stagnating or allocated to own projects,  nonprofits need to look at diversified income streams,” says Ann Bown, who will be presenting a workshop on “Fundraising Trends in 2015 and beyond” at a Durban conference next month.
 

Inyathelo: Executive Director

Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement is a vibrant and fast-paced nonprofit organisation established to promote philanthropy in South Africa and to assist institutions and organisations to develop a professional approach to attracting the donor investment and support required to advance their objectives.

Inyathelo seeks to appoint a new Executive Director, based in Cape Town.

Mind your Ps, Q’s and Protect Your R’s in 2015

This year will be filled with frustrations; fallout from power issues, cyber-attacks, unreliable postal services, argy-bargy politicking – you get the picture! Yet greater opportunities will surface by mid-year. A time to “Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave" as chanted by the Penguins in the movie Madagascar… just keep going, control yourselves, assess the situation and look for the positive.
 
Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) demonstrating stamina, an eagerness to serve communities and nurturing relationships will prosper this year.
 

Treatment Action Campaign at the Precipice: An Opportune Time for Reflection

A recent petition by researchers, clinicians and activists made on behalf of the Treatment Action Campaign and published in the Mail & Guardian Newspaper, 28 November, 4 December 2014 Edition, The Case for Saving the TAC is Compelling, left me with mixed views on the TAC’s plight as petitioned. The TAC is evidently not unique in its current funding crisis in South Africa.

Oh Wait Just a Minute Mr. Postman, Just Look at the Damage You Have Caused!

Devastation and despair is the message coming out of the nonprofit sector after months of postal strikes and non-delivery of mail.
 
According to the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) thousands of good causes and charities are experiencing deep financial difficulties as the strike impacts severely on the sector that relies heavily on public generosity to support their work through direct mail.
 
Providers of vital services to thousands of beneficiaries will have to cut-back on programmes and prepare for a Bah! Humbug! Christmas. 
 

Does the Funding of Infrastructure Projects Have a Tangible Benefit for Development?

While it is true that infrastructure grants are not usually quick-win grants and they often have a higher risk attached to them, they can be of significant value to the development sector, as a recent Anglo American Chairman’s Fund review revealed.

The fund recently reviewed its support of infrastructure over the past 15 years. The review found infrastructure to have a meaningful impact on development, but the importance of the approach to infrastructure grant-making was emphasised.

Donation to Benefit Disabled Children

Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana has donated 175 000 pula (about US$20 000) to the Eagle Trust aimed at empowering young people with disabilities through a life skill project.

The charity was established in 2012 by Chinese people in Botswana to fulfill their social responsibility by supporting the cause of youth empowerment, poverty alleviation and skills training.

Global Eradication of Poverty Day: What Can Regional Associations Do?

The 2014 Commemoration of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, held today, 17 October, focuses on the theme: Leave no One Behind: Think, Decide and Act Together Against Extreme Poverty. It is widely acknowledged that, without collective action from the Global North and South, poverty reduction measures will not work effectively and the gap between rich and poor will continue to widen.

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