NGOs have a critical role to play in providing a variety of necessary services in South Africa. However, NGOs are often reliant on donor funding, from a limited number of donors, and their capacity to plan and implement resource mobilization activities is often inadequate. Furthermore, community-level organizations often lack the information, skills and discipline required to effectively mobilize resources. In response to this need, a resource mobilization workshop for Western Cape NGOs will be held in Stellenbosch on the 17th of September 2013.
Key Objectives of this Workshop:
- To gain a broad understanding of how to mobilise resources
- To understand the principles of successful proposal writing
- To understand how to respond to calls for proposals
- To understand the Do’s and Don’ts in responding to funders
- To identify available sources of funds (government, parastatals, private sector, local businesses, foundations and other national and international donors)
- To network and share lessons with other NGOs
The workshops will target NGO Executive Directors, Finance Directors, Fundraisers, Programme and Project Managers, New Business Development staff, board members and decisions making staff. The workshops are not designed for NGO staff and volunteers who do not write proposals or provide fundraising and resource mobilisation support for NGOs. NGOs are kindly requested to nominate a maximum of 3 appropriate staff or board members who undertake the role of resource mobilization within the organization to participate in the workshops, as space is limited.
Venue: Barrique restaurant and conference facility, Vredenheim Wine EstateÂ
Time: 08:30 – 17:00
This workshop will utilize participatory approaches to enhance learning, including a combination of presentations, group discussions and practical exercises. Participants will learn how to fundraise successfully, how to write a problem statement; the difference between goals and objectives; how to define the technical methodology in a proposal, how to write a budget and more. Participants will also hear from the donor community on how to access and manage funds.
Lisa Thompson-Smeddle (pictured) is the Founder/Director of the Sustainable Development Network. She has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University, and honours degrees in social sciences and sustainable development. She has 25 years’ experience in the NGO sector in South Africa. She has managed a variety of programmes for the UNDP; DANIDA; Cordaid; the Sustainability Institute; Stellenbosch University; the SA National Department of Human Settlements, SA provincial and local government authorities, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the University of California Berkeley and more. She has recently been on contract as a sustainability advisor to Family Health International, an Umbrella Grants Mechanism managing a $90 million USAID PEPFAR grant.
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A subsidised fee of R500 will be payable in advance. The real cost of this workshop is R3,450 per person. Please see attached registration form.
What your fee will cover:
- A Resource Mobilisation, Fundraising and Proposal Writing Manual
- A 139 page Donor Database
- All powerpoint presentations and materials on CD
- Interactive sessions with other organisations
- Tables for an evening networking event
For more info or to book, contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Info brochure available for download here.