The coronavirus pandemic has placed the work of multiple non-profits and civil society bodies in the spotlight as they deliver food parcels, provide shelter for the homeless, and implement essential health services. However, most NPOs have extremely limited funding reserves and staff are fearful of the future, despite the vital role they play.
ASK Inyathelo is a handy online Advancement platform that offers ready access to articles, materials, guides and tips on Advancement and fundraising. It has been a go-to resource for many people over the years.
At this crucial time for non-profits, we have added a COVID-19 page to that portal.
The topics span information on water and food access, to testing and financial relief. The latter is particularly relevant as many NPOs desperately seek information on who can support their operations, where relief funding can be obtained, and the criteria and process to access such funds.
Government initially established the Solidarity Fund as the main portal for donations and this has been supported by South Africans from all corners of the country. Since then, President Ramaphosa has announced a R500 billion (about 10% of national GDP) social and economic support package to mitigate the impact of the pandemic. It is the country's biggest one-time fiscal outlay and includes a R50-billion boost for grant recipients, 250 000 food parcels and over R100 million to help protect frontline workers.
Take a look at our COVID-19 page here http://askinyathelo.org.za/resources-and-tools/covid-19-resources/ for access to information and potential resources.