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04August

Can nonprofits really be expected to be 'sustainable'?

Can nonprofits really be expected to be 'sustainable'?

Many funders and business people seem to believe that if nonprofits just try hard enough, they will be self-sufficient and “sustainable.” If they’re not, they shouldn’t be supported. Is sustainability in fact a reasonable goal for nonprofits? Can it ever be more than a requisite paragraph or two we are forced to include in our funding proposals? 

30July

Taking leadership to a higher level

Taking leadership to a higher level

Inyathelo Programme Coordinator Khairoonisa Foflonker reflects on Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge’s recent ‘Get Resourceful’ session on Leadership in Civil Society, providing this edited version of her engagement at the Inyathelo Civil Society Sustainability Centre in Cape Town.  

29July

Activist philanthropists offer more than cash

Activist philanthropists offer more than cash

Daily Maverick op-ed by Shelagh Gastrow, Director of GastrowBloch Philanthropies.

 

28July

Madlala-Routledge cautiously welcomes moratorium on NPO de-registration

Madlala-Routledge cautiously welcomes moratorium on NPO de-registration

The Department of Social Development recently issued a moratorium on the deregistration of NPOs which do not comply with key legislation. Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge released the following statement. 

22July

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge officially opens the Inyathelo Civil Society Sustainability Centre

Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge officially opens the Inyathelo Civil Society Sustainability Centre

On Tuesday evening Inyathelo and The Atlantic Philanthropies hosted a joint reception to celebrate the official launch of the Inyathelo Civil Society Sustainability Centre. The event featured a panel discussion on philanthropic investments in the built enviroment. Panelists included Prof Brian O'Connell (Former Vice Chancellor, University of the Western Cape), Louise Driver (CEO, Children's Hospital Trust), Russell Ally (Executive Director, Alumni and Development, University of Cape Town), Tracey Henry (CEO, Tshikululu Social Investment) and Albie Sachs (Former Constitutional Court Judge). After the panel discusion, Inyathelo's new Executive Director, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, officially opened the centre with these remarks.

21July

The art of the pitch: do's and don'ts

The art of the pitch: do's and don'ts

The Inyathelo’s Donor Dragons’ Den has offered a veritable seminar on fundraising strategy. ASK Inyathelo has gathered and condensed some of these learnings into lists of pitching do's and don'ts.

16July

ASK INYATHELO: How to build an online following

ASK INYATHELO: How to build an online following

The ASK Inyathelo web portal is full of useful guides based on the ten elements of Advancement. In the coming weeks we will share their featured resources in this blog and on social media. This week we look at some quick tips on growing your visility and following online.

09July

Fine-tuning Advancement Practice

Fine-tuning Advancement Practice

Ruvimbo Valerie Gwatirisa and Jocelyn Collins, Inyathelo Programme Officers

In the run up to the 2015 Inyathelo Advancement Academy, it seems fitting to revisit last years event. This write up was originally published in our 2015 Annual Report. This year, Inyathelo will host 2, two-day Advancement Academies; the first on 1 and 2 September for non-profit organisations; the second on 2 and 3 September for higher education institutions. Both events will be held in Cape Town.

05July

Winning Women: Former deputy minister fighting the good fight - City Press: Business

Winning Women: Former deputy minister fighting the good fight - City Press: Business

Civil society is facing new challenges at a time when we need to build a vibrant democracy, according to Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, former deputy minister for both defence and health, writes Sue Grant-Marshall of the CITY PRESS.

02July

Poverty Porn: Romanticising Homelessness

Poverty Porn: Romanticising Homelessness

By Khairoonisa Foflonker, Kresge-Inyathelo Advancement Initiative Project Coordinator.


South African business leaders were recently challenged to participate in the 702 Sun International CEO Sleep Out. The aims were twofold. Firstly, to raise R25 million for vulnerable families and communities, who are assisted by Girls and Boys Town, a non-profit organisation that focuses on the developing and strengthening youth at risk. The second objective was to ‘raise awareness around homelessness and bring hope to poor children in South Africa’. The former was very nearly achieved with R24 million raised; but the latter is debatable if you look at the methods and intentions employed to achieve these objectives.

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