THE South African Institute for Advancement, Inyathelo, says the ongoing global economic crisis coupled with dwindling international funding is threatening the future of many civil society organisations who support the most vulnerable and needy in our country.
As part of their efforts to promote social investment, entrepreneurship and giving, Inyathelo is currently searching for nominees for its annual Philanthropy awards which honour those who give their time, talent and personal resources to help people in need.
Adrienne Coetzee, Inyathelo Manager of Communications and Philanthropy, says the primary objective of the awards is to inspire all South Africans to take responsibility for the country?s social development by giving and contributing what they can.
?Philanthropists come from all walks of life. Social giving is certainly not just the realm of rich. You don?t have to be a Bill Gates or a Warren Buffett or an Oprah Winfrey to make a difference in your community.
?There are thousands of people across all economic classes who have given - to causes, issues and institutions that mean something to them, contributing to the public good. We want to know who they are as we believe that by highlighting their achievements will inspire others to make a contribution,? explains Coetzee.
Nominations for the 2011 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards close on Thursday 30 June. Award categories include arts, media, youth, family, community, lifetime, international and health.
For more information, call 021 465 6981 or visit www.inyathelo.org.za.
Submit a nomination online by completing the Online Nomination Form or print out a nomination form and send to Inyathelo, PO Box 43276, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915.