In our view

Survival of social justice sector depends on business and wealthy people - Cape Times 14 Oct 2011

By Gabrielle Ritchie

In this article, the author urges the South African government should provide adequate funding to local nonprofit organisations to enable them to be ‘real partners’ in the delivery of services The recent flare-up between the government and the nonprofit sector over changes to policies governing state funding of nonprofit organisations (NPOs) has reignited the heated debate around how best to fund our social welfare services and social justice work in South Africa.

Social Justice Philanthropy Needs Firm Local Footing - Cape Times, 14 Oct 2011

By Gaby Ritchie and Melanie Judge

Lack of funding threatens the future of the social justice sector in South Africa. While most international donors cut funding to nonprofits, local philanthropists represent the only alternative for many of these organisations A robust and active civil society is central to building an enduring democracy in South Africa. However, as Mark Heywood of Section27 pointed out in a recent Cape Times article (5 October 2011), the social justice sector of civil society is in danger of extinction as foreign funding dries up and the political space for activism is put under increasing pressure from the state.

Funding policy changes push non-profits into business field - 28 Sep 2011 Busrep.co.za - Business Report

By Gabrielle Ritchie

The recent flare-up between the government and the non-profit sector over changes to policies governing state funding of non-profit organisations (NPOs) has reignited the heated debate around how best to fund our social welfare services and social justice work in South Africa.

The hastily arranged meeting a few weeks ago between the Department of Social Development and a handful of NPOs did little to calm fears over the future funding of the more than 100 000 non-profits who between them deliver more than half of the welfare services government is obliged to provide.

Helping ourselves - Witness 28 Sep 2011

By Shelagh Gastrow

IN his article titled "Dark side to improved WEF competitiveness report card" (Weekend Witness, September 10), Moneyweb founder Alec Hogg lamented the financial woes of St Joseph's in Sizanani Village. From our experience at Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement, the story of St Joseph's running short of money as international donors focus their funds elsewhere, is sadly being repeated all over South Africa and there are a number of lessons to be learnt from this. Firstly, we have to shift away from the old charitable paradigm.

Calling for a leap of faith - 16 Aug 2011 Iol.co.za - Independent Online

By Gillian Mitchell

THIS YEAR’S National Arts Festival in Grahamstown again delivered an amazing programme of performance, visual and literary arts that traversed cultures, disciplines and countries – and dazzled audiences from morning to midnight every day.

However, amidst the euphoria of outstanding and inspiring productions, some serious notes were struck in the Thinkfest where discussions were held around problems perennial to the arts, namely those of value, funding and sustainability. These are not new discussions and will always be part of the world of the arts. However, it struck me that what has been missing from our deliberations over funding and value in these past years is talk on the role that philanthropy should play in sustaining the arts.