Inyathelo's Blogspot

21November

FPA Report: Civil Society in South Africa, 2017

FPA Report: Civil Society in South Africa, 2017

The Funding Practice Alliance in collaboration with Mthente Research and Consulting Services conducted a research study on civil society in South Africa to better understand how the civil society sector is funded, and how it advances South African society through contributing to employment and to the economy. Completed in 2016, this document provides a summative overview of the research study.

10November

The power of philanthropy to build resilient democracies and societies

Caption: (left to right) Professor William Gumede of the Democracy Works Foundation, Inyathelo Programme Director Nazli Abrahams and Noel Daniels, CEO Cornerstone Institute and Inyathelo board member.

What can civil society, business and ordinary citizens do to not only survive but prosper in a context of state and governing party failure, and a lack of trust in democratic institutions, that has long-term repercussions for the economy?

03November

Exploring new perspectives on African philanthropy

Exploring new perspectives on African philanthropy

Philanthropists, NGO representatives, thought leaders and academics will gather in Cape Town next week (Thursday 9 November) to share new perspectives on philanthropy in Africa. The event is being organised by non-profit trust Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement. 

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.

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