Inyathelo's Blogspot

19October

Sharing lessons on NPO management

Cara Loening of Sign Language Education and Development chats to Blessing Tsiga of the Oasis Association.

Some 200 representatives of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and civil society bodies gathered at the Woodstock, Cape Town offices of Inyathelo (The South African Institute for Advancement) on Wednesday 17 October to hear experts present on a variety of topics concerning the good management and sustainability of NPOs.

11October

Invitation to Funding Practice Alliance provincial meeting

Invitation to Funding Practice Alliance provincial meeting

On behalf of the member organisations of the Funding Practice Alliance (FPA) I would like to invite one representative of your organisation to attend a provincial meeting with civil society organisations. We are embarking on provincial roadshows to share the findings of a research study completed in 2016. 

10October

Strengthening civil society organisation resilience, Policy Brief, October 2017

Strengthening civil society organisation resilience, Policy Brief, October 2017

Civil society, community organisations and social movements will have to become more resilient during these increasingly complex, uncertain and troubling times. This will demand new organisational agility, imaginative leadership and synergistic partnerships. This policy brief explores alternatives towards creating a more sustainable and effective civil society space in South Africa. 

By William Gumede

19September

The great versus the rest

The great versus the rest

Great fundraising is large-scale growth – increasing your organisation’s income and impact by two, three or many more times over a period of years. But how can you achieve this? Inyathelo recently co-hosted an invitation-only, 90-minute power session with master UK fundraiser Alan Clayton (11 September) to discuss the cultures, behaviours and leadership required.

15September

Summary of the latest CAF World giving Index

Summary of the latest CAF World giving Index

Gill Bates, the chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Southern Africa, reports that the 2017 CAF World Giving Index shows that that in trying times, South Africans still tried to help where they could. “There is a new surge of energy on the continent and in South Africa, within the philanthropy, development and corporate social investment space, which is exciting to see,” says Bates.

14September

Reimagining our future

Reimagining our future

By Nomsa Daniels, Chief Executive Officer, The Graça Machel Trust

I am honoured to have been invited to contribute a piece to Inyathelo’s 2016-2017 annual report under the theme of “Reimagining Our Future”. As a starting point, it is worth reminding ourselves of the steadfast and important role that advocacy organisations, like Inyathelo and the Graça Machel Trust, play in these tumultuous times. Advocacy is defined as “the act or process of supporting a cause”. In the case of the Graça Machel Trust, our cause is rooted in improving the lives of Africa’s women and children, to realise our vision of creating caring societies that value social justice, equal opportunity and sustainable development. 

23August

Civil society needs organisational agility, imaginative leadership and synergic partnerships in tough times

Civil society needs organisational agility, imaginative leadership and synergic partnerships in tough times

By William Gumede, Chairperson, Democracy Works Foundation and the author of Restless Nation: Making Sense of Troubled Times (Tafelberg). 

21August

Inyathelo course creates cadre of professional fundraisers

Inyathelo course creates cadre of professional fundraisers

South African non-profit organisations (NPOs) and higher education institutions (HEIs) face ongoing funding challenges – but this is being addressed with professional training that is creating a growing cadre of qualified practitioners who can better attract much-needed resources.

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