Many non-profit and non-government organisations (NPOs and NGOs) and higher education institutions are in urgent need of financial support – making the importance of writing excellent funding proposals more vital than ever.
The South African Nonprofits and Social Media Survey (2015 – 2016)shows that the vast majority of South African nonprofit organisations are seeing positive benefits through using social media. This is despite the fact that more than 80% of NPOs do not allocate a budget for social media, close to 50% said that staff lacked the expertise to manage social media, and almost one-third said they have no communications plan to guide their social media work.
Successful fundraising is not necessarily about the amount of money raised. It’s about raising the right kinds of funds that enable an NPO to make good on its mission, and thus make a difference. Blogger Richard Turner explains why in his recent post, "What is fundraising success?"
Central to Inyathelo’s work is the development, documentation and dissemination of local knowledge and information in all areas of our work. Most of our resources and publications are freely available on our website.
We recently held our 3rd and final Donors Dragons Den event of the year. The format has certainly proved to be a fun and exciting way to deepen our collective understanding of how the donor world works. For those attending, and not just the participating finalists, it’s been a fundraising clinic conducted at the highest level.
Are we neglecting our internal stakeholder relationships? Relationships with internal stakeholders are often left on the back burner while we are consumed in achieving our organisation’s mission. This is an opportune moment to gaze 'Through the Looking Glass' and draw on Lewis Carroll’s wisdom: "I'm not crazy. My reality is just different than yours."