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Donor Engagement Forum


The People First Foundation will host a Donor Engagement Forum on 3 August 2012 in Cape Town.

The aim of the forum is to create a mutual space for non-profit leaders and donors to engage as equals around the issue of alternative funding strategies and donor practices in a time of finanicial crisis.

Background:

Reflections

“No Pain, No Gain” - Running Through the Sahara Desert with a Mission - Part 3

The Meaning of it All

There is so much emotion linked to your participation in a race of this nature - shaped by months of training, fear of failure, tiredness, loneliness, missing family and friends, etc. The challenge is both physical and mental, and tests the body and mind to the extreme. It is not for the faint hearted, or as some might say, the right-minded.

The Gobi Experience

“No Pain, No Gain” - Running Through the Gobi Desert with a Mission - Part 2

# Stage 1, 10 June 2012 - “Canyons and Camels”

D-day finally arrived on Sunday, 10 June 2012.

After what would be my breakfast for the next few days – Instant Oats mixed with protein – we all gathered at 7h30 for a final race briefing. There was real excitement in the air as the 163 competitors lined up for the start of the race.

Individual Giving: The Holy Grail of Fundraising

At the tail end of last year, I tried to answer a question: Why do South Africans give?

If I could understand this, I could understand the complexity of individual giving, which on paper looked to be the next strategic step for fundraisers in South Africa (SA).

Securing regular donations from ‘Joe Public’ has long been the Holy Grail of fundraising.

It delivers predictable, unrestricted funding to the organisation, eliminating dependency on large donors and creating diversity in types of income.

From Nonprofit to Profit

Last week, I sat in on the investment committee of Endeavor, an organisation that works to take good ideas and make them great. They are not an incubator, instead a network of professionals and mentors who support businesses to take the next step, which means that their investment committees are fascinating as they bring together some of the country’s top business minds to assess the viability of some of our best business ideas.

This is the story of the underdog.

Drive to Help e-Toll Legal Challenge

A fundraising initiative to help cover the costs of a legal challenge to the proposed Gauteng e-tolling is set to be launched.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that, "We are busy finalising the details but hopefully it will be launched before the end of the week."

Duvenage argues that the public have been ‘100 percent supportive’ of the OUTA movement and businesses also appeared to be ‘very keen to contribute’, adding that many people pledged to give the cost of e-tag registration to the cause.

Political Party Funding: Legislation Should Regulate Donations

When President Jacob Zuma announced the massive infrastructure push in his State of the Nation Address, Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) secretary-general, Zwelinzima Vavi, was quick with both praise and caution. The caution concerned what he termed the ‘hyenas’. Here Vavi was referring to the predatory nature of many of the recent tender processes run by government, often plagued by corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

Giving Youth the Opportunity to Change their Lives and Communities Through Sport

“I want to thank Sinazo and the young leaders, for bringing me into sport. If it were not for them, I do not know what I would be doing,” said sixteen year old Anita Kanuka from Western Cape township, Mbekweni. From a community riddled with drug and alcohol abuse, Anita left the streets and joined the football field under the guidance and mentorship of female coach Sinazo Magele. Sinazo joined SCORE only a year ago, but within this short time, she has used sport to build friendships and respect from girls in her community. “She is a sister to everyone,” continues Anita.

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