29January

Tribute to Tom Winslow

It is with a heavy heart that Inyathelo shares news of the passing of its Board member and dear friend Tom Winslow, who enjoyed a distinguished and deeply meaningful career in non-profit resource mobilisation for 30 years. Tom will be sadly missed by Inyathelo and many others whose lives he touched.

Tribute to Tom Winslow

During his two years as a Board member with Inyathelo, Tom generously shared his rich experience of resource mobilisation gained at both a local and international level. His deep insights came from his work at Oxfam Great Britain, Save the Children UK, and Action Aid International. He combined this expertise with local knowledge and understanding of the South African context from his work with NPOs such as the Legal Resources Centre and the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture, which he co-founded. https://bit.ly/3pyYnd6

Tom shared last year that he started his career in fundraising at Cowley House in District Six - which is two streets away from Inyathelo's offices. “In a sense, it feels like I've come full circle back to my roots.”

Tom was a passionate advocate for deepening, extending, and professionalising resource mobilisation at NPOs, in order to build long-term financial sustainability. He was a natural match for Inyathelo, given its mission and values in the non-profit sector. His comments and insights were highly valued, whether it was a contribution to an opinion editorial article or a Board discussion on matters relating to Inyathelo’s financial stability.

Tom commented last year: “The current health and economic crisis in South Africa has revealed the scale of inequalities in our society. It has raised the bar in terms of the level of contribution required from each one of us.” It is said that we live on for those we have lost; may we be encouraged by Tom’s example to make a difference and a meaningful contribution in our own circles of influence.

Inyathelo extends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of this giant of a man.