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21November

Strategy in a time of mayhem

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What is the work of civil society in South Africa now? Will we wait for government to lead the way, or will we ourselves question what is asked of our organisation? And what is the role of Inyathelo?

This was at the core of an Inyathelo Breakfast on the 2nd Floor dialogue, which aimed to provide space for energetic and provocative engagement on key issues facing civil society and South Africa.

19November

Inyathelo supports NPO financial literacy in Cape Town

Inyathelo supports NPO financial literacy in Cape Town

Accounting and tax terms, registration and processes can be confusing for many non-profit organisations (NPOs) – yet being informed and up to date can make the difference between a healthy organisation and one that is struggling to survive.

To address this need, Inyathelo (The South African Institute for Advancement) regularly holds a popular financial reporting and tax workshop, and complementary advisory sessions, to develop understanding of financial and donor reporting, audits and taxes.

12November

Passing of Mr Allan Gray, founder of Allan Gray Ltd, Allan Gray Australia and the Orbis Group

Passing of Mr Allan Gray, founder of Allan Gray Ltd, Allan Gray Australia and the Orbis Group

It is with deep sadness that Inyathelo heard of the passing of Mr Allan Gray, founder of Allan Gray Ltd, Allan Gray Australia and the Orbis Group.

While highly respected as an investor and business leader, we remember his support of entrepreneurship and education, and engagement in strategic philanthropy through the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the Allan and Gill Gray Foundation. Mr Gray supported many causes from wildlife to mental health, and as you will recall, in 2011 he was the recipient of our Inyathelo Award for Lifetime Philanthropy.

31October

Good NPO governance - how committed board members are key

Good NPO governance - how committed board members are key

The board is ultimately responsible for the governance of an NPO and can contribute to its success or failure. Unaware of this, many South African non-profit organisations (NPOs) do not pay sufficient attention to recruiting and nurturing their board members, according to Inyathelo, The South African Institute for Advancement.

31October

Philanthropy publication raises profile of giving in South Africa

Philanthropy publication raises profile of giving in South Africa

The first Annual Review of South African Philanthropy was launched at this year’s Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa’s (IPASA) Symposium on Social Cohesion on October 28 & 29th, 2019. The book is published by IPASA under the guidance of an Editorial Board, with Shelagh Gastrow as the Chief Editor. The publication was made possible by the support of the Ball Family Foundation and has funding for three years.

16October

We remember William S. White, former leader C.S. Mott Foundation

We remember William S. White, former leader C.S. Mott Foundation

American philanthropist William S, White, former leader of the C.S. Mott Foundation, has died at the age of 82 years (9 October). Inyathelo extends its heartfelt sympathies to the family, friends and associates of Mr White.

26September

Seeking out helping hands and unlocking hidden community resources

Seeking out helping hands and unlocking hidden community resources

‘Unlocking Community Philanthropy’ was the theme of the latest NPO Collaboration Dialogue, with representatives of diverse NPOs sharing their ideas and questions at the Isivivana Centre – the striking social justice and community centre owned and managed by the Khayelitsha Youth and Community Centre Trust.

19September

NPO sector masters good management at #ThinkGood

NPO sector masters good management at #ThinkGood

About 280 representatives of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and civil society bodies attended a free one-day gathering in Cape Town this week to share learnings on optimal NPO management practices.

26August

Museum matters at Inyathelo

Museum matters at Inyathelo

The Western Cape has numerous museums that conserve and provide access to fascinating objects of artistic, cultural, historical or scientific importance. However, like many other South African institutions, museums need to raise funds if they are to continue offering their valuable services.


To help museum professionals sharpen their proposal development skills, the South African Museums Association (SAMA) held a training workshop presented by Inyathelo, The South African Institute for Advancement, on 20 August. The topic was ‘Building support for your organisation’ and the workshop took place at the Inyathelo conference venue at its Woodstock headquarters, Cape Town.

03July

Philanthropists give over R1.7 billion to 11 local universities – but research reveals severely skewed distribution

Philanthropists give over R1.7 billion to 11 local universities – but research reveals severely skewed distribution

Many South Africans and South African organisations are giving significantly more philanthropic funding to local universities. However, the vast majority of funding goes to more traditional, research-intensive, historically advantaged universities (HAIs). The challenge is to better understand this discrepancy, and to address how historically disadvantaged universities (HDIs) can attract more funding.

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