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The necessity of training to capacitate new board members

16 March 2023
Jacintha de Nobrega, Chairperson Durban FilmMart Institute The Durban FilmMart Institute (DFMI) has been the second board I have been privileged to serve on, and as a film professional in a growing industry, I wanted to effect change on a strategic level. At that point, my experience on a different board was very time-consuming and one where I was learning as I went along from colleagues who had been on boards previously. The challenge I found is that you don’t know what you don’t kno...

Promotion of community philanthropy in rural communities

06 March 2023
Jeremy Maarman, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Initiative for Community Advancement The Initiative for Community Advancement (ICA), which is still a relatively new Community Foundation (CF), has been actively encouraging community philanthropy/giving since 2018. As a CF we are not in competition with service nonprofits because we are aimed at supporting and resourcing them. Our foundation has a strong focus on encouraging people in rural communities, particularly from the Bergri...

Inyathelo Open Day 2023 | Celebrating World NGO Day, 27 February 2023

19 February 2023
Dear Friend of Inyathelo You are warmly invited to take part in an Inyathelo Open Day on Monday 27th February, to mark #WorldNGODay. The theme for the day is Celebrate, Commemorate and Collaborate – we will honour non-profits, their people, and their contribution to society. We encourage you to send us a short video clip, maximum one minute, sharing a story of your work, or a message that will encourage others to celebrate and support your work via to Ba...

Covid-19 and its impact on higher education: A personal reflection

15 February 2023
Zwakele Baldwin Ngubane, Director Advancement and Alumni Relations, Durban University of Technology Much has been written about the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on various sectors and aspects of our lives, including the economy, health, social and education. The higher education sector has also suffered significant disruptions and, as a result, there had to be some major maneuvering on the part of institutions of higher learning to ensure continuity during the pandemic and the concomit...

Philanthropic support to South African universities

06 February 2023
Prof. Beverly Thaver, Professor of Higher Education at the University of the Western Cape Inyathelo is acutely aware of the important role of higher education institutions in terms of education and training for high level skills and creating knowledge for society, especially given the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Thus, as societies become increasingly complex, the demand is for universities to be more responsive, which in turn places pressure on the funding base. Howev...

The role that philanthropic organisations can play in ensuring food security and resilience within the South African context

30 January 2023
Andy du Plessis, Managing Director FoodForward SA For several years prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa had already been in a food security crisis, with an estimated 14 million people experiencing moderate to severe food insecurity. When the national state of disaster came into effect at midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa was thrust into Level 5 lockdown, with most of our economic activity grinding to a halt. This occurrence precipitated an unprecedented loss of inc...


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