Free Webinar – 10 Emerging Trends in Digital Communications and Fundraising

Tuesday, August 2

The rate of computer technology advancement doubles every two years and with it improvements in Internet technology. As personal computers, smartphones, TVs, and the Internet of Things evolve, so must non-profits. This free webinar by OnGood will focus on what’s new and next in digital communications and fundraising so that non-profit staff can prepare for the future and embrace being an early adopter.





Free computers for NPOs

Can your non-profit organisaiton use a computer (or a few)? A generous company is donating four-year old PCs to good causes. Distribution points are being set up in various centres around South Africa for convenient collection.

To request computers eamil Miskyah Toth and advise her as to how many you need and where you are located.

Funding Call – MTV Staying Alive Foundation



Deadline: 28 August 2016

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation has announced a call for funding applications from innovative small NPOs embarked upon HIV prevention projects. The Foundation only funds organisations entirely run by young people (under the age of 27) who encourage other young people to, literally, stay alive. The call is aimed at asssisting young people, to inspire and support intiatives in the fight to beat HIV in their local communities, in the most innovative ways.

Grants are capped at $12 000 (approx R160 000).
ther your organisation qualifies:

LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 Award Call

Deadline: 1 September 2016

LAUNCH Nordic, a partnership between pioneering companies and public organisations committed to collaborative innovation in shaping a more sustainable society, is accepting applications to address this year’s challenge: Closed Loop Solutions for a future of sustainable materials and manufacturing.

This year’s theme is focused on innovations that will:
•Change how we reduce, reuse, recover, and recycle, the materials in everyday products
•Change the way we create business models and incentives surrounding closed loop solutions
•Change the way we design, establish, and operate closed loop systems.


Participation in the LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge can help mature an innovation and open doors to  new opportunities. Five finalists will participate in the LAUNCH Nordic Forum and receive focused advice from the LAUNCH Council. The Council is an international panel from some of the world’s leading businesses, academic and policy institutions and NGOs. Following the Forum, innovators will become part of the LAUNCH Accelerator process, where LAUNCH Nordic will facilitate access to and realisation of the opportunities identified at the Forum.
Eligibility Criteria

Any person, company, or organisation  worldwide can apply with an idea, technology, or business plan that specifically addresses the current LAUNCH Nordic challenge statement.

To apply: LAUNCH

Funding call – Islamic Relief


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Deadline: 30 September 2016

Islamic Relief has invited applications from NPOs for its Social and Community Development Projects in South Africa. Applications will be considered for support of:

  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC): Child and orphan welfare and protection, youth-care centres and nutrition programmes
  • Sustainable Livelihoods: Skills development and vocational training, subsistence farming and community gardening
  • Education: Educational development, school nutrition programmes and teacher training
  • Health and nutrition: HIV/Aids, promotion of healthy lifestyle and food security
  • Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH): access to clean water and to adequate sanitation
  • Advocacy and Community Mobilisation: in Gender Based Violence, Climate Change, and Xenophobia.

Projects with budgets from R50 000 to R2million will be considered.

To apply:  Islamic Relief

Free assessment of NPOs

Thanks to SAIF National President, Melanie Jackson, for sharing this great free tool for NPOs from McKinsey and Company.

The Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT) is a free online tool that helps non profits assess their operational capacity and identify strengths and areas for improvement. The tool is an in-depth, online survey that allows the Board, leadership and staff of a non-profit to measure how well their organisation performs against best practices.

What is the OCAT?


Funding Call – RSSAF


Deadline: 27 May 2016

Applications are open for the Rhodes Scholars Southern Africa Forum (RSSAF) Grant, whose aim is to promote and support programmes of economic, political and social development in sub-Saharan Africa.

Past and Current Rhodes Scholars reviews grant applications from a wide array of health, education, and environmental projects in southern Africa. Three grants of £1 500 each are usually awarded each grant cycle.

The mission of the RSSAF is:

•To increase awareness of social, political and economic issues in Southern Africa
•To raise and distribute funds to support small-scale community development
•To stimulate discussion about the historical relationship between the scholarship and the region
Download the application form:

Journalists for South Africa – Aids Conference


Deardline 1 June 2016

The International Reporting Project (IRP) is seeking applicants for its 2016 AIDS conference and TB pre-conference in Durban, South Africa. The theme for the conference will be: “Access, Equity Rights Now,” that will highlight the unequal access of HIV-positive patients to health care around the world. The IRP provides opportunities for journalists to report internationally on critical issues that are under covered in the news media. Topics (Not limited to):

•Disparities in access to health care
•The search for cures and treatments
•Drug resistance
•Prevention research
•Human rights violations and the role of marginalized communities in battling the diseases


•IRP will purchase the fellows round-trip air tickets to South Africa and will pay for visas, hotel costs, local transportation and several meals.
•The IRP will also arrange journalists’ press accreditation for the conference.

Eligibility Criteria

•The 2016 AIDS/TB fellowships with IRP are open to international journalists with significant experience covering health and development.
•Applications are welcomed from print and online journalists, including writers, photographers, videographers, data journalists, social media producers and others. This trip is not open to students.

To Apply

Applicants must complete the application form  and provide an essay of at least 500 words describing the narrative they would pursue at the conference.

Funding Call – FIRE Africa Grants

Deadline: 31 May 2016

The Fund for Internet Research and Development, FIRE Africa, encourages and supports the development of innovative online solutions to Africa’s education, information, infrastructure and communication needs.

The 2016 Grant Application round is open until 31 May and, with over US$240,000 worth of funding to distribute. Africa-based projects, organisations or start-ups whose work falls into the following categories may apply:
– Technical Innovation
– Community Development
– Online Governance Enhancement
– Education
– Internet Security
– Access Provision

Project proposals from African-based public or private sector organisations, universities, research and development institutions and NPOs will be considered. Individuals are not eligible. All applications must be aligned with the specific Grant’s objectives, eligibility criteria, and administrative guidelines.

Funding Call – The Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation – The Golden Years


Deadline: 26 April 2016

The Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation is marking fifty years of grantmaking excellence  in South Africa. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Foundation has introduced a national flagship project: FUCHS – The Golden Years.  The project extends over the period 2016 to 2019 and will culminate in the Foundation’s Anniversary celebration during August 2019. Over the past fifty years, The Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation’s grantmaking has been focused in four strategic areas and its national flagship project funding has been structured into the same categories:

  • Childcare & Youth Development
  • Health Services
  • Higher Education
  • Technology Development, Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

The Foundation has announced a call for proposals in these categories.The funding available per beneficiary organisation amounts to R2.25mil over the project period, payable in escalating tranches each year. In addition, the selection panel will monitor all beneficary NPOs and tertiary institutions and the project evaluated to have produced the greatest impact over the project period will be awarded a grand prize of an additional R1mil during 2019.

This is an outstanding gesture and the trustees of this home grown and proudly South African grant making  foundation, under the expert guidance of CEO, Dr Riaan Els, is to be commended and congratulated on this milestone and in
celebrating it in this trademark – generous – manner. Knowing Riaan and his professional team, please – don’t submit applications that do not demostrate clear, quality impact assessment/monitoring and evaluation.

Application guidelines: