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29April

Post-Rhodes: Philanthropy and the Randlords. By Shelagh Gastrow

Post-Rhodes: Philanthropy and the Randlords. By Shelagh Gastrow

This article was originally published as an op-ed in the Daily Maverick.

The Rhodes Must Fall movement revealed a conundrum around the issue of philanthropic money and the legacy of those who have lived in different eras with different values. We all live with the legacies bequeathed by various “big men” in particular, legacies that now stretch over a century, and we have to ask ourselves the question of philanthropy and the source of money; the behaviour of the rich; ethics when it comes to accepting funding that might have a dubious origin.

28April

New downloads from the ASK Inyathelo Pocket Guide Series on Advancement!

New downloads from the ASK Inyathelo Pocket Guide Series on Advancement!

These brief, easy to read pocket guides will assist your organisation in building the Advancement tools needed to become sustainable.

The entire ASK Inyathelo Pocket Guide Series is freely available to download.

 

27April

How does philanthropy try to mitigate risk and should it? By Shelagh Gastrow

How does philanthropy try to mitigate risk and should it? By Shelagh Gastrow

Whilst recognising the need for assurance that our funding is spent well and efficiently, we need to also explore what philanthropy is really about. Risk taking is fundamental and, in many ways, philanthropy is not for sissies. However, it is about effecting change, making a contribution and, most importantly, to provide meaning in our lives.

 

23April

The search is on for South Africa’s Philanthropy heroes!

The search is on for South Africa’s Philanthropy heroes!

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Nominations have opened for the ninth annual Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards which were initiated by the South African Institute for Advancement to acknowledge, celebrate and honour those whose personal giving has contributed towards sustainable social change in our country.

21April

Read the latest issue of Advance: The Inyathelo Newsletter - April 2015

The April 2015 issue of Advance is available. Read about the new Inyathelo / Kresge Foundation report on the nature of philanthropic support for South African universities, upcoming Inyathelo events, as well as articles of interest relating to South African civil society.

19April

Where is corporate South Africa in a crisis?

Where is corporate South Africa in a crisis?

Originally pubished in the Daily Maverick, 20 April 2015.

Last week I attended Tshikululu’s annual Serious Social Investment Conference, which was populated by business school people, CSI practitioners and civil society representatives. The theme was leadership. There we all were, comfortably fed and seated in the GIBS conference centre, while outside refugees and migrants were being hammered by our fellow citizens.

 

09April

What can we learn from philanthropic mistakes? By Shelagh Gastrow

What can we learn from philanthropic mistakes? By Shelagh Gastrow
Originally published in the Daily Maverick

Philanthropists are human beings and they make mistakes. Generally they don’t like to admit their mistakes and, even worse, they do not want their mistakes making headlines. Taking into account that philanthropic money is private, whether it is an individual’s own personal resources or funds from a private foundation, responsibility for mistakes is usually only recognised in-house. So what can we learn when mistakes loom large?

07April

Don't call us NGOs

Don't call us NGOs

A discussion around the use of the term "NGO" has emerged from the launch of the .ngo domain for nonprofit organisations by the Public Interest Registry, the US-based organisation officially responsible for operating, maintaining and cataloging all .org domain names.

01April

New Report: 2014 Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE) in South Africa.

New Report: 2014 Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE) in South Africa.

This report presents the findings of the 2013 Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE) in South Africa. The survey, which is the first in what we hope will become a regular annual series, was conducted by EduActive Solutions Ltd on behalf of Inyathelo with financial support from the Kresge Foundation.

30March

The new .ngo domain — is it worth the cost for SA NGOs?

The new .ngo domain — is it worth the cost for SA NGOs?

Guest blog post by Ruendree Govinder, founder of the Nonprofit Network: a resource centre for South African nonprofit organisations using social media, websites and e-newsletters to further their mission. 

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