Getting Resourceful on Human Capacity!

Every month Inyathelo is hosting a free Get Resourceful session focusing on one of the Ten Elements of Advancement, where we share useful resources, tips, know-how, expert advice and insights to help you ADVANCE your organisation and mobilise resources. This month, we focussed on Human Capacity.

Getting Resourceful on Human Capacity!

Gaby Ritchie, Inyathelo's Programme's Director, and Feryal Domingo, Inyathelo’s Operations Director and HR expert, led the discussion about Human Capacity at NGOs with about 80 attendees from Cape Town NPOs, including organisations like Learn to Earn. Bottom Up, Rape Crisis, Sporting Chance and the Groove Lab.

One of the key points of discussion was around whether NGO staff should be paid market related salaries – was this something donors would support? Participants added that they needed professional and competent staff in the Advancement role as it was getting tougher and tougher to raise the funds needed to sustain their projects.

The discussion also covered issues such as managing and cultivating staff skills, the role of the Executive Director, and how to attract qualified staff in the wake of funding constraints within an organisation.

After the formal proceedings, Gaby and Feryal made themselves available for a live Twitter Q&A.

Also on the programme, ASK Inyathelo launched another in its popular Pocket Guide Series; "Roles and Responsibilities in an Advancement Operation" by Shelagh Gastrow. The book is available for free download. We gave away free copies of the booklets and all participants were offered a 20% discount on Funding Finder subscriptions

In an effort to share our learnings with a wider audience, the event was filmed by Cape Town TV and will be broadcast at the end of June. We will also make the video footage available via our YouTube account once it is available. The event was also live-tweeted.

Every month of 2014 Inyathelo will host a "Get Resourceful” session  Join us on July 15 for our next session on EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS.

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