IPASA August 2020 newsletter - Philanthropy Views. View online
IPASA Philanthropy Views Philanthropy in the new norm | August 2020
Philanthropy Views is a quarterly communication of IPASA which features highlights articles, events and initiatives of IPASA’s members, partners and other contributors to philanthropy.
The tremendous scale of the crisis caused by Covid-19, in a mere six months since the pandemic hit South Africa, means that no single funder alone can adequately address the many severe social and economic issues it has caused for our country. The crisis has not only exacerbated existing social problems and inequalities, but also exposed long-standing cracks and gaps in the very systems intended to support those most vulnerable in our communities.
The alarming extent to which the crisis has affected every part of South African society - from education to food security, employment to health - has necessitated funders being called upon like never before to exponentially increase their efforts and support. This has involved substantially increasing their funding for existing projects or initiatives, fundamentally changing their funding methodology and, where possible, identifying new areas to focus on in order to enable and support Covid-19 response efforts.
It is vitally important that funders collaborate on the identification and creation of new, workable solutions that they can co-fund and help implement to address the crisis. It is only in harnessing the power of collective collaboration that we can address the myriad of problems we now face and rebuild a better, more equitable and sustainable future.
In this newsletter IPASA highlights some of its member foundations’ projects, initiatives and practices in response to the Covid-19 crisis. We have also shared articles about the need in the philanthropic sector for transparency, and for co-operation and support of data gathering projects. This will improve funders’ understanding of the philanthropic landscape at this critical time, and ultimately help them make better, more informed decisions.
Somila Mjekula, Communications & Advocacy Officer for The Learning Trust, shares how they have supported the emerging grassroots organisations their foundation focuses on, through flexible funding practises and providing capacity building for organisational development. Read more
Gail Campbell, CEO of the Zenex Foundation, shares how their foundation had to work on being more flexible, agile and efficient while staying true to their long-term strategy, in order to effectively address the Covid-19 crisis in education. Read more
Nicky Le Roux, Programme Coordinator: Gender, Race and Ethnic Justice for the Ford Foundation, outlines the Ford Foundation’s highly flexible and innovative approach to tackle the effect of Covid-19 on their beneficiaries.
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Sanjana Janardhanan, Program Officer for ELMA Philanthropies Services, details how ELMA is stepping up and investing more in their health and humanitarian response, despite increased risk, to contribute substantively to the response, recovery and rebuilding efforts both in the short and long-term. Read more
Joanne Harding, Director of the Social Change Assistance Trust, stresses that to effectively address the Covid-19 crisis, funders must support NGOs, and particularly grassroots organisations on the frontline, who have enabled funders to work with the dexterity and breadth needed. Read more
Bridget Fury, Head of Oppenheimer Generations Philanthropies, explains how the foundation responded to support small businesses through Covid-19 and into the future. Read more
Nikki Griffiths, COO of Tshikululu Social Investments, shares details about Tshikululu’s project to map social investors’ interventions and investments in South Africa in response to the Covid-19 crisis. Read more
Nelson Amayo, Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, explains an important part of collaboration - the sharing of information between donors to create mutual awareness and facilitate learning and partnering.
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Nationbuilder's 6th Annual in Good Company Conference
When: 17 / 18 September 2020 | Know more
Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference
When: 13 / 14 October 2020 | Know more
African Philanthropy Forum Conference: Driving a Decade of Change
When: 27 - 30 October 2020 | Know more
IPASA Covid-19 Philanthropy Response Webinar: Build Back Better
When: 3 / 4 November 2020 | Know more

3 November: IPASA will be hosting a virtual mini-symposium where funders will share their response to Covid-19 and their long-term plans to address the impact of the pandemic and build back the sectors they invest in strategically and sustainably.
4 November: IPASA will be launching the 2020 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy with interviews and presentations with key thought leaders in philanthropy.
icon Donor Collaboratives and Devolved Grant Making: It’s About the Fundamentals, by Halima Mahomed, Independent Philanthropy Researcher and Consultant at Thiqa Consulting View
icon The Governance and Management Processes of Family Foundations in South Africa by Sufiya Najjaar, Investec Philanthropy Officer View
icon 2030 Catalyst Report: From Crisis to Systems Change View
icon The Impact of Covid-19 on African Civil Society Report View
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