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Shelagh Gastrow Speech: Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards 2012

I would like to welcome everyone here to the 2012 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards.  This year is unique in that we are holding this ceremony in Johannesburg for the first time so that it can co-incide with the African Grantmakers’ Network assembly which is taking place this week.  Therefore a very special welcome to all those present who have travelled from across the continent and further afield to join us in Johannesburg.

Inyathelo is actively involved in promoting the growth of philanthropic giving in this country.  The organisation was established 10 years ago, with the vision of a vibrant democracy in SA with a robust and sustainable civil society and institutions, supported by a strong local philanthropic movement.  Tonight we celebrate the people who deserve to be honoured because they are, each in their own way, doing what they can to change the face of our country. 

Jay Naidoo delivers keynote address at 2012 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards

Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), was asked to deliver the keynote address at the 2012 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards on Tuesday, 30 October in Johannesburg. He said in his blog post the next day that he had felt a new sense of inspiration as he realised that leadership does not sit at the height of the echelons of power, but it sits with an 11 year old schoolboy that collected a 100 tons of maize meal for those that go hungry and that it resided with an aged man that built eight classrooms for the disabled in a disadvantaged community.  

Watch his inspiring and passionate address on You Tube


We are all to blame for deaths - The Star, 23 August 2012

LAST week, nearly 40 people were killed in a complex cocktail of political, economic and social distress. The fact that there was little leadership making an effort to resolve what was clearly becoming an uncontrollable tragedy waiting to happen, shows the weakness of our government, the trade union movement and the corporate sector.

They literally washed their hands and left it up to a small band of policemen and women to try and resolve. It appears as if there are no longer any rules governing our behaviour in South Africa - it's everyone for themselves, from rich to poor. The police are too weak to apply the rule of law, the courts are undermined, and individuals are ignoring any social boundaries. This is indicative of a total loss of social capital and social cohesion. Missing, too, in the appalling mess on the hill at Marikana last week was any visible sign of civil society, that part of our society that focuses on "fixes' what is broken.

Discovering fundraising gold

By Gillian Mitchell, an Associate of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement.

Two striking examples of using the media to raise awareness and funding came to light in the past two weeks. Both raise interesting issues about fundraising, the use of media, the relationship between funders and beneficiaries and the potential donor pool in South Africa.

On May 27th, the Sunday Times ran a story on the desperate circumstances of the Selowe Primary School in Limpopo Province. This school which was started by the community of Silvermine some 150km outside of Polokwane has 165 pupils and 14 volunteer teachers.  Since the beginning of the year teaching had taken place outside under marula trees; teachers had not been paid a single cent; and basic resources such as desks, chairs, textbooks and toilets were non-existent. 

Going Forward: Funding affecting our Future - Inyathelo Autumn Academy, 16 May 2012

Closing remarks by Inyathelo Programme Director Gabrielle Ritchie at the Inyathelo Autumn Academy in May 2012.

It is always useful, and a bit of relief, to stop for a moment (such as at Autumn Academy) and give ourselves time to think – to think about the role and relevance of the non-profit sector, globally but also specifically in South Africa, and specifically with regard to our own organisations.

In this closing plenary we want to focus on the role and relevance of the non-profit sector. It seems we are in a bit of a bind as a sector? Big organisations which are part of our civil society landscape are currently taking considerable strain with the shifts in the funding terrain, while at the same time the need for the huge range of work done, services delivered, and social change effected by civil society organisations, is growing exponentially.

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