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AI and non-profits

04 June 2024
Inyathelo operations coordinator Jacques Swart recently led an artificial intelligence (AI) training webinar on prompt engineering. Read more here.

SARS practical session on the IT3(d) third-party reporting

17 May 2024
In collaboration with SARS, Inyathelo held a well-attended session on 7 May 2024 to amplify information distributed to the non-profit sector on new  SARS requirements for approved Section 18A institutions to submit tax-deductible receipt information. Rochnee Rivera-Greene, Specialist in Education and Campaigns (Tax Exempt Institutions) and her team were on hand to field questions on the new submission requirements, deadline 31 May 2024.  It was an opportunity to allay fears behind much of th...

Trust through transparency: How NPOs should deal with conflicts of interest

08 May 2024
Feryal Domingo, acting executive director of Inyathelo, a nonprofit trust that helps build capacity in NPOs, highlights the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest to ensure good governance and reputational integrity. Nonprofit organisations (NPOs) play a vital role in South African society by addressing numerous social, environmental, and humanitarian issues. Public trust in these organisations is based on their integrity, so how they manage potential conflicts of interest is central ...

The importance of capacity building for non-profit board members

06 May 2024
By Mandisa Zitha | Festival Director, Encounters Training And Development Institute The Encounters Training and Development Institute organises the annual Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. Now in its 25th year, Encounters has an established reputation locally and globally, as well as the trust of distributors, filmmakers, and audiences. The Festival has built strong networks over the years and is the launchpad of African documentaries to the world. The Fest...

Compliance and impact of deregistration on the non-profit sector

24 April 2024
Abdul Raof Ryklief  I  Deputy Director: Institutional Capacity Building, Directorate: Partnership Development, Department Of Social Development The non-profit sector continues to grow in numbers in South Africa, where currently there are 276 434 NPOs registered in terms of the NPO Act (19 July 2023), compared to July 2022 where there were 260 494 NPOs. During the last 12 months, 15 940 new registrations were approved by the National Department of Social Develop...

New tax rule impacts PBOs

18 April 2024
Section 18A-approved entities must now submit third-party data to Sars for donations received between 1 March 2023 and 29 February 2024. Those without donations must submit a nil declaration. Non-compliance risks losing tax-deductible status, as Sars compliance is crucial. Read more here | IOL News, 14 April 2024 Picture: Timothy Bernard: Independent Newspapers.

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