Two days ago, I
came across a spirit that we all really possess – a forgiving, generous and
victorious spirit. I watched Tiger Woods arise from a decade of criticism
to his greatest feat yet – winning his fifteenth major title, and his first in
eleven years. His comeback received rave reviews in which he was once
again acknowledged as the brightest star in golfing history.
It was awesome. As I watched him embrace his son in celebration, I sensed that Tiger Woods had not made this amazing win for himself alone; he’d done it for all of us who have found ourselves suffering periods of darkness and pain.
When we’re in those times, we need people like Tiger Woods to look to. He reminds us of what is possible. Tiger’s determination and grit kept him moving forward through the hard times (think about it – eleven years), and we can do the same. We have what it takes to overcome, no matter how deep the trough we may have fallen into.
Tiger’s comeback seems a fitting event for Easter, showing in plain view that ‘it ain’t over’ just because it looks over. This world, South Africa and the pain and hardship we see or feel are not the full story; we have reason to believe that new life can break out from within us at any time. – and we all have to thank Tiger for that – for making hope live again, for making possibilities possible. Your NGO will make it, your vision will thrive again and your programmes will be celebrated. Believe it!
Now let’s share with you some of the highlights of recent weeks which we believe will be of interest to all of you hard-working CSI practitioners throughout the land.
The Great Funders’ Conference 2019
After our 2018 Funders’ Round, we were approached by several NGOs to ask whether we could bring international donor funding into our next event. Our team is hard at work, hoping to make this happen for The Great Funders’ Conference 2019. (No confirmations yet, but we’re hopeful.)
We have several great speakers lined up for the conference, one of whom is Dr Shungu Gwarinda, CEO of the Graça Machel Trust, and one of the women behind Barak Obama visit at last year’s Nelson Mandela centenary event. Dr Gwarinda will be presenting on the broad parameters of international funding, so for anyone with aspirations in that area, you’ll not want to miss this.
Our programme for The Great Funders’ Conference 2019 is taking shape, with bookings coming in fast. Our three-day programme will be packed, and broadly covers the following five areas:
- Funding info for NGOs and NPOs – the backbone of the conference
- Debate and Solve – a discussion for all
- When Industry Talks – an informal evening event with Tony Leon, Sizwe Mpofu Walsh, Dr Shungu Gwarinda and Setlogane Manchidi
- Innovate – a small-group presentation on innovative new projects
- Millennial War Room – for all ages! Why the best and the brightest ideas are coming from millennials, who already have two feet in the future.
Fundraising Support Manager
Here’s a whole new thing we’re launching! The Fund Manager Support Programme is a subscription-based ‘club’ for NGOs and NPOs.
In a nutshell, for R99 per month, you get:
- ‘Who is funding right now’ monthly emails
- Three half-day training sessions a year – focusing on key areas for NGOs
- Networking opportunities
- Business solutions that are designed to assist you and your vision
- 10% discount on all CSRNEWSSA products.
- On our ‘book five and get one free’ promos, you get ‘book four and get one free’. That appliies to our upcoming conference!
There’ll be future benefits too, which we’re still looking into.
We consider this programme excellent value for money for what it offers already – think what you can achieve with regular training in business skills, proposal writing etc, and relevant, up-to-the minute information of funding opportunties.
This programme will do it what is says – be your supportive ‘funding manager’. Training sessions, by the way, will take place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
In other news …
Some weeks ago I was invited to attend a meeting with representatives of about 2 400 NGOs working with just over half a million people in Gauteng. My job was to explain CSRNEWSSA’s services and how we assist NGOs to attract funders and become more business-like. The meeting was an eye-opener, making clear to me that CSRNEWSSA has a huge task ahead. NGOs are doing sterling work (in most cases) but need to professionalise, because it’s competitive out there!
I sincerely advise
NGOs planning to attend The Great
Funders’ Conference to come in twos, not singly. Two people from an
organisation inevitably get more out of such an experience than a
representative attending alone. It’s when you get together and discuss what
you’ve learned that real changes start to occur. Plus, there’s a lot to take
in, and we want you to get as much as you can from the action-packed three days.
And now it’s farewell until our next newsletter. Happy Easter to you all; may you be encouraged and renewed as you put the past behind you and enter this next phase of 2019 with faith and confidence.