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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.

01July

Dealing with NGOs, the Russian Way

Dealing with NGOs, the Russian Way

By Shelagh Gastrow, Founder and former Executive Director of Inyathelo.

Civil society organisations in this country are aware that government is preparing a new legal framework for non-profit organisations, but last year it seemed to be “parked” for reconsideration. The question to be asked is whether government is thinking about aligning its new NPO legislation with that of Russia. What does this entail, and should we be worried?

30June

How to expand your reach and make yourself heard

How to expand your reach and make yourself heard

By Sarah Nicklin, Inyathelo’s Media and Communications Manager

I hosted a “Get Resourceful” session recently on how to expand your reach and make yourself heard in an overcrowded and noisy marketplace as part of Inyathelo’s broader efforts to help civil society organisations mobilise support and resources.

29June

Inside the Donor Dragon's Den

Inside the Donor Dragon's Den

By Sally Maddox and Shaylyn Mendenhall

On 25 June, four finalists entered the Inyathelo Donor Dragon’s Den. Each made a four minute pitch to a distinguished panel of real donors. After careful deliberations, the judges announced that The Centre for Early Childhood Development had made the winning pitch for their innovative and interactive Childrens' Museum project. 

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