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2022 - 2023 Inyathelo annual report

04 December 2023
Dear Friend of InyatheloAs we reflect on the achievements and milestones of the past year, we are delighted to present our 2022-2023 annual report. This publication reflects the triumphs and challenges experienced by Inyathelo in fulfilling its mission to help build a stronger democracy and a more stable, sustainable civil society sector.Your commitment and collaboration have been instrumental in our success, and we are excited to share the outcomes with you. Enjoy reading more abou...

Urgent Call to Address South African Crisis and Governance Challenges: Civil Society Convenes Extraordinary Summit to Unite for Action

21 November 2023
The escalating socio-economic and political crisis in South Africa demands immediate and concerted action. Corruption, service-delivery failures, poor leadership, infrastructure-neglect, and the pervasive lack of accountability have rolled back gains, destroyed hope and increased marginalisation for millions of people across the country. Civil society leaders, activists, and concerned citizens are convening to address these pressing challenges facing our nation.  Kagiso Trust, #Unmuted ...

Study shows surge in funding for universities, but stark inequality remains

14 November 2023
Media Inyathelo in the Media 14 November 2023 A study commissioned by Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, has revealed a significant increase in philanthropic funding for South African universities. However, the research also exposes deep-seated disparities in funding distribution that continue to plague the higher education sector. South African universities saw a remarkable increase in philanthropic income in 2020, valued at R2.31 billion, nearly double 2019 funding....

Tribute to Charles “Chuck” Feeney (April 1931 - October 2023)

16 October 2023
Inyathelo remembers with immense gratitude the multiple contributions of Charles Francis Feeney, an American businessman and philanthropist who established The Atlantic Philanthropies in 1982. This foundation was Inyathelo’s first substantial seed funder, providing a challenge grant and establishing the bedrock for a home for civil society organisations, the Inyathelo Civil Society Resource Hub. The Atlantic Philanthropies continued to partner with Inyathelo for over 15 years, funding v...

Tribute to Raymond Ackerman (1931 - 2023)

08 September 2023
Inyathelo notes with sadness the passing of retail entrepreneur and philanthropist, the late Raymond Ackerman, who with his wife Wendy made a vital contribution to business and philanthropy in South Africa. The couple founded Pick n Pay in 1967 and grew an enterprise with more than 2 000 stores across South Africa and other African countries. Photo: Raymond and Wendy Ackerman and family members accept the Inyathelo Award for Family Philanthropy. The Raymond Ackerman Foundation was on...

Navigating non-profits through tough times: Back to fundraising fundamentals

24 August 2023
The tough economic environment and shifting spending priorities have led to most corporate, individual donors, and foundations reassessing their financial commitments. Many are cutting back on funding to nonprofit organisations (NPOs), while some are guiding and investing in more longer term sustainable practices, for their existing cohort of grantees. NPOs accordingly find themselves at a critical juncture, which makes it crucial to revisit the core principles of fundraising and the factors...

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