Donor Forum and Mini Conference - Johannesburg

People First Foundation
Donor Forum and Mini Conference - Johannesburg
17/18/19 November 2015
Action Aid, 41 Fox Street, Edura House, 16th Floor, JHB
Fee: R995 per person

Day 1

Time Topic Speaker
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Donor Forum – Current donor trends. Who gets funding and why? Linda Diedericks – MAGI Fund
11.00 a.m. – 11.15 p.m. Tea Participants
11.15 a.m. – 1. 00 p.m. NPO legal and tax compliance – Understanding the NPO law to prevent your NPO from becoming deregistered! James Senokwanyane
1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. Lunch Participants
1.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Fundraising for struggling NPOs and developing your fundraising strategy Frank Julie
3.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m Important NPO resources Frank Julie

Day 2

Time Topic Speaker
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Getting your board on board and NOT bored! Frank Julie
11.00 a.m. – 11.15 p.m. Tea Participants
11.15 a.m. – 1. 00 p.m. Developing your own M/E system to meet donor requirements Vuyiseka January
1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. Lunch Participants
1.45 p.m. – 3.30 p.m. Continue M/E Frank Julie
3.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Networking Frank Julie

Day 3

Time Topic Speaker
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Professional networking for NPOs – networking by design and not by default! Frank Julie
11.00 a.m. – 11.15 p.m. Tea/coffee Participants
11.15 a.m. – 12. 00 p.m. Sharing resources amongst NPO participants Participants
12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. Free and discounted software for NPOs from Sangonet Arnold
1.00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m. Lunch/networking Participants


Deadline for bookings: 14 November 2015

Please make payments to: People First Foundation, FNB, Parow, Code: 250655, Account nr: 62279429619
Please use ref: Donor Forum 2015 and include your contact name and nr. Your payment secures your booking! Please book early! Limited space available!

About our facilitators:

Linda Diedericks   Frank Julie Vuyiseka January James Senokwanyane Arnold Netshambidi

Linda Diedericks

Her experience in the community grant making sector spans more than 14 years of which most of this time was spent at the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT), as a field worker and later manager of the field team responsible for mentoring, monitoring and evaluating the supported local development agencies in rural communities.  Between 2009 and 2011 I worked at Hivos South Africa as the programme manager of the Joint Gender Fund.  For a part of 2012 she worked independently and supported NGOs with donor reporting, grant making and resource mobilisation. Between 2012 and 2014, she gained practical fundraising experience in Higher Education Institutional Advancement at Stellenbosch University where she worked in both the Alumni Relations and in the Development team as a development officer tasked with raising funds from alumni and High Net Worth Individuals in support of bursaries for black students.  In May 2014 she returned to Hivos SA to fill the position of Programme Manager of the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative, a collaborative donor fund that includes the Ford Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Raith Foundation, Hivos NL and the Open Society Foundation SA. 

Frank Julie

Frank Julie is an organizational development practitioner and consultant. Julie holds a Masters Degree in the Philosophy of Adult Education and Development from the University of Cape Town (UCT).  Frank also studied BA Social Science at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Development at the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) and Fundraising and Development at the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) in Washington DC.

He has been involved in development work since the late 1970’s with organizations all over Southern- and East Africa and acts as strategic adviser to many. Frank is the co-founder and chairperson of People First Foundation as well as founding trustee and current chairperson of the Southern African Fundraising and Leadership Academy (SAFULA). He travelled extensively in various countries studying development models on the ground. 

Frank is the author of The Art of Leadership and Management on the Ground and The Roots of the NGO crisis in South Africa – A look beyond the surface. He is also the author of numerous articles such as 18 Ideas to Avoid a Funding Crisis, 13 steps to develop a Financial Sustainability Strategy, 23 Sins of Management, 13 Habits of Highly Effective Leaders, Effective People Development in a Non-Profit Organization and many more (see He regularly contributes articles to websites and journals all over the world. 

Vuyiseka January

She is the vice-chair of PFF and has conducted training for development practitioners, government officials, youth and young children covering diverse topics such as organisational management, HIV/AIDS and development and diversity intelligence.  Her approach is one that encourages people to become reflective conscious individuals/practitioners. In recent years Vuyiseka has worked both in the NGO and the public sector in various aspects of organisational management.  She has a BA Honours Degree obtained from Rhodes University.

James Senokwanyane

He is a development facilitator. He specializes in institutional capacity development. Senokwanyane who has over 20 years facilitating experience is passionate about working with communities, development practitioners and non-profit organisations. He trained and mentored many organisations and individuals over the years. Today many of them are still successfully running their own organisations and programmes.  He worked as a trainer and later as a Project Manager at the Non Profit Consortium and later as a Senior Programme Coordinator at Inyathelo. He served on the board of Connections South Africa in Cape Town for 3 years and with REACH as acting chairperson. He also has a Diploma in Human Resource Management and Training, Certificate Programme in NPO Management and Project Management. James believes that: “Investing in people and strengthening institutions is the key to success”.

Arnold Netshambidi

Arnold is responsible for managing SANGONeT's SANGOTeCH Technology Donations Programme and the NGOsource project. He is also responsible for validating NGOs on Google for Nonprofits and Office 365 for Nonprofits request. His past experience includes working for Small Business Project, the Centre for Development and Enterprise, and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa.

Event Start Date: 
Tuesday, 17 November, 2015
Event End Date: 
Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Event Venue: 
Action Aid, 41 Fox Street, Johannesburg.
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