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Wednesday, 29 July, 2015
Quote of the week
"Activist philanthropy translates people’s passions and values into meaningful involvement with others who share those values."
- Shelagh Gastrow, Director, GastrowBloch Philanthropies.
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Philanthropy, Management, Corruption Watch…
Philanthropy plays a critical role in addressing the socio-economic challenges faced in South Africa, including the widening gap between the rich and the poor, inequality and poverty, among others. Philanthropy could also enable philanthropists to support nonprofit organisations (NPOs) implementing programmes that aim to address the social challenges within communities.
In this week’s edition of NGO Pulse, Shelagh Gastrow, director at GastrowBloch Philanthropies - an advisory service that helps individuals and families to integrate their wealth and values into meaningful and effective philanthropy - takes a closer look at the role of philanthropy and modern trends in philanthropy. Gastrow writes that often philanthropy is viewed as the elitist activity of the rich in their attempts to raise their profiles, build power or show off their wealth. “…modern philanthropy is seeing the rise of activist philanthropy, with activism treated as part of a continuum of change involving various stakeholders, including the philanthropist, partner organisations and communities,” she argues. In addition, she believes that the jump to philanthropy creates a space for the adventurous risk taker, the person who would like to invest in real change, building partnerships with those outside of their regular circle.
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In another article, Carolin Gomulia, senior programme head for communication and strategy at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, focuses on process matters in decision-making within NPOs. Gomulia states that, “During our monthly management meetings at the non-governmental organisation (NGO) where I am head of communications and strategy, my colleagues and I often have to take difficult decisions about operational and human resource issues, as well as policies and procedures. Decision-making can be a difficult task because we see our team of 30-plus employees as a critical asset, and staff satisfaction is a major concern.” She adds that if applied consistently, fair processes build a foundation for trust between staff, allow for participation, can be tools of empowerment, and almost always encourage wider ownership of decisions. “…beyond helping to ensure that individual staff are happier and more committed to their work, fair processes add to the overall health of an organisation and contribute positively to staff performance,” she stresses.
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Corruption Watch, a NGO relying on the public to report corruption to it, has relaunched its revamped website – www.corruptionwatch.org.za. The organisation explains that the revamped mobile-friendly website offers improved functionality and enables users to swiftly find current and informative content on its work while also guaranteeing a safe and secure platform for whistleblowers to report corruption. It further says the new site encourages active citizenry by affording users the opportunity to get involved in the fight against corruption.
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NPOs should have websites through which they raise awareness about their work to the donors, beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders. SANGONeT - while updating the Prodder NGO Directory – discovered that most South African NPOs do not own a website. While NPOs continue to work towards improving people’s lives for the better, their absence in the online space means that their ability to raise awareness about their work remains limited. Also, the significance of the reach of Internet means that the need for NPOs to utilise a website as a communication tool, is imperative.
In line with the above, SANGONeT intends on developing and hosting interactive websites for NPOs in Southern Africa. We will also empower these organisations to maintain the websites as part of the package. Do you think this is a feasible idea for NPOs?
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