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NPOs need to adjust to international level - 11 April 2017 - The New Age (Kwazulu Natal)

THE loss of investment grade for South Africa and other developments that impact institutional and economic strength could be bruising for civil society and the nonprofit world whose resources are already thinly stretched. It is more important than ever for this sector to present an ethical, credible, professional and united front, Jessica ReesJones, executive director of Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, said. Given the current challenging conditions, some nonprofit organisations (NPOs) will have to adjust, adapt and possibly gear up to an international level of expertise if they are to attract resources and survive. Those that have robust procedures in place should, however, be able to present themselves as low risk and resilient. They will be in a better position to secure international donations and funding. "If this sector embraces and actively demonstrates good governance and credibility, it can attract foreign funding and support as donors are looking for low risk, credible beacons of light." ReesJones has reminded civil society organisations and NPOs that Inyathelo, set up 15 years ago as a nonprofit trust, is well placed to help them raise awareness, develop capacity and put sound systems in place to meet stringent funding criteria. Inyathelo is renowned for pioneer ing and developing advancement (the practice of building, maintaining and improving support, skills and funds for an organisation or institution). It is considered a sector leader, providing valuable resources, publications, advice, training and support on how to attract and use funds effectively for the greatest social impact. "We can weather the storm and emerge stronger. Challenging times mean that robustly governed and empowered civil society organisations are more necessary and valuable than ever before," she said. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. c NPOs need to adjust to international level' TNA REPORTER BACK TO BASICS: Inyathelo director Jessica ReesJones.

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