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Money Alone Not Enough for NGOs

According to a News24 User, thousands of nonprofit organisations around the country receive large amounts of money from various donors.

The User argues that while this is a great thing, the problem lies with not monitoring the impact of the future outcomes of their donations.

The User further states that NPOs should exist for the purpose of improving people’s lives for the better. In South Africa, argues the user, donor funds end up having little impact because NPO managers lack the capacity to utilise them properly.

Making Advocacy Attractive to Grant-Makers

Advocacy programmes are at times perceived as ineffective, controversial and hard to measure, making them less likely to attract funding and the interest of donors, which is unfortunate considering the invaluable contribution that advocacy programmes make towards sustainability.

The following are key considerations that each organisation working in advocacy should consider:

Foreign Donors Maintain Malawi Aid Freeze

Foreign donors maintain a freeze on a US$150 million aid package imposed on Malawi in the wake of a high-level corruption scandal in 2013.
 
European Union mission’s chief to Malawi, Alexander Baum, states that, donors from Africa, Europe and various international organisations met to review their earlier decision and agreed that, "challenges in public finance management continue to be serious.”
 

Investing for the Future

A well-managed reserve fund is a vital component of any organisation’s sustainability strategy. Reserves provide a safety net to carry organisations through the lean times but they also, crucially, offer the breathing space to enable meaningful collaboration, planning and growth so that organisations deliver the best, most transformative solutions to South Africa’s challenges.

Alan Wellburn from Citadel Wealth Management explains.

HSF Paints the Town Red for Healthier Hearts this Valentine’s Day

This February, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSF) is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a difference with its Dress Red campaign to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease and stroke for women and children. Funds raised will go towards combating heart disease and stroke in various communities around South Africa.

Real Risks

There are many risks that confront nonprofit organisations today and some arise where an organisation has a phase of rapid growth in resources. We have noted this, particularly in relation to new ‘social movements’, with activism at their core, which have been achieving significant success in raising public awareness and in raising funds.

Charles Tilly defines social movements as ‘a series of contentious performances, displays and campaigns by which ordinary people make collective claims on others.’

NGO Closes Due to Lack of Donor Funding

Streets Ahead, a Zimbabwean non-governmental organisation dealing with the rehabilitating of children living on the streets, has closed.

In a newspaper advertisement inserted by board members, the organisation states that it has already approached government to cancel its registration.

The advertisement reads: “The closure is a result of financial problems. We had been struggling for a long time because our sponsors from overseas have withdrawn funding. The donors' withdrawal has meant the suspension of our activities indefinitely.”

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