NGOs Urged to Become Social Enterprise

As the world coffers appear to gradually dry up at a time when most non-governmental organisations are donor driven, it is about time these so-called non-profit making groups embrace the concept of social enterprise to sustain their projects.

According to an analysis by Tonderayi Matonho, these organisations also need to build positive relations with the people and communities they have assisted for the many years they have been in existence.

SaveAct: Programme Coordinator

SaveAct is an NGO promoting group-managed financial services and sustainable livelihoods amongst vulnerable groups in the Matatiele/Mt Fletcher/Mt Frere parts of Eastern Cape and various parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

SaveAct seeks to appoint Programme Coordinator for the Province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Six Steps to Surviving 2013

2012 has been a tough year for civil society. Those funding cuts that we’d been warned of since the crash in 2008, were keenly felt. The President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) wrapped up its second five year programme, the Europeans curtailed their investments, the United Kingdom Department of International Development (DIFID) restructured. The retraction in international funding was exacerbated by instability in local funding as the National Lottery in trying to get its house in order, struggled to deliver on its grant mandate.

A Matter of Trust

A case study of the Children’s Hospital Trust’s fundraising success
The Children’s Hospital Trust (the Trust) is widely considered to be one of the most successful fundraising organisations in South Africa, having raised over R420 million for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape since its inception in 1994.

Eastern Cape Sustainable Rural Development Needs Multi-Faceted Intervention

Sustainable rural development in the Eastern Cape would need a package of interventions if real local economic opportunities for rural communities were to be created.

This was the combined message from three speakers at a seminar hosted by the European Union and Office of the Premier-funded Sustainable Rural Development in the Eastern Cape (SURUDEC) and its local implementing agent, RuLiv in East London in April 2012.

The SERSA Programme Report

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant-making institution. It supports civil society organisations in South Africa implementing programmes that promote and protect human rights. The Foundation's mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation and to build a human rights culture, using the Constitution as a tool.

New AU Funding Model Crucial for Africa’s Self-Reliance

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, says the decision to adopt a new funding formula for the African Union Commission (AUC) is a major step toward ensuring that the continent becomes self-reliant and able to fund its own investment and peace keeping initiatives.

African leaders meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, have agreed to raise R15 billion a year to fund the AU Commission.

Leaders have also adopted a new formula to charge 0.2 percent point-2 import duties to prop up the coffers of the cash strapped commission.

SADC Discourage Reliance on Donor Funding

Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have described the regional body’s dependence on foreign funding as a ‘profound weakness’ and have called for alternatives.

Zimbabwean Foreign Minister, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, told a meeting of the SADC council of ministers in Gaborone that “as long as we are unable to fund our own organisation, the future of our programmes and activities will remain uncertain and SADC will not be wholly ours.”

Fundraising Bitcoin by Bit

Few years ago I was in the boardroom of a renowned international nonprofit organisation in Johannesburg for an interview. I was asked to suggest an innovative fundraising campaign and I proposed raising digital currency as a new strategy. I did not get the job.

Based on values or achievements, the word ‘success’ holds different meanings to different people and organisations. And, as we know it, values are at the heart of charity and nonprofit operations.

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: HR / Finance Administrator

The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an innovator in preventing violence and building peaceful societies. The Centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace locally, continentally and globally.

CSVR seeks to appoint a Human Resources (HR)/Finance Administrator, based in Johannesburg.

This is a one-year contract position.



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