Inyathelo secures R2 million funding to build NPO capacity
7 August 2017
South African NPOs (not for profit organisations) will continue to access vital advice and support from Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, thanks to a generous grant of US$150 000 (about R2 million) from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
This US philanthropic private foundation has supported non-profit trust Inyathelo since the latter’s founding 15 years ago. Inyathelo has leveraged the funding to run a capacity building non-profit clinic that provides a one-on-one advisory, training and support to NPOs. It also advises individuals who are social innovators and opens up opportunities for peer learning and exchange.
“It is exactly this kind of commitment that the CS Mott Foundation has made to Inyathelo’s capacity building work. Mott’s investment is critical and works well because it is conceived as part of a longer term programmatic intervention that is both targeted and integrated.”
Jessica Rees-Jones, Executive Director of Inyathelo, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding. Many NPOs are under immense pressure and struggling to survive. This extremely welcome donation will enable us to continue offering our advisory services, with a specific focus on NGO long-term sustainability. We value our long-term relationship with the Mott Foundation and are extremely appreciative.”
She added that, given the loss of investment grade for South Africa ‒ and other developments that have impacted institutional and economic strength ‒ this support was highly encouraging.
“It underlines how important it is for the NGO sector to present an ethical, credible, professional and united front. Those with robust procedures in place should be able to present themselves as low risk and resilient and will be in a better position to secure international donations.”
Note to editors
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: Charles Stewart Mott (1875–1973) was an engineer, entrepreneur, public servant and philanthropist who dedicated much of his life, and wealth, to helping others. He relocated the family Weston-Mott Company to Flint, Michigan, in 1906 to produce wire wheels and axles for the emerging automobile industry. His foundation was established in 1926 with 2000 shares in General Motors stock, then worth US$ 320 000. It now supports NGOs in Flint, and around the world. The foundation has donated $3billion in the past 90 years. Find out more on www.mott.org.
Inyathelo is a non-profit organisation that works to sustain and strengthen civil society organisations and grow local philanthropy in support of a vibrant democracy in South Africa. It is considered to be the local leader in these areas of work, providing valuable resources, publications, advice, training and support on how to give and use funds effectively for the greatest social impact. For more information on Inyathelo, see www.inyathelo.org.za, follow on Twitter @Inyathelo, or like the Facebook page.