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Strategic Choices rather than Strategic Planning


In today’s fast-changing world, most long-term plans are useless, but experimenting and adaptive decision-making is everything. The concept of strategic planning is based on militaristic roots, where data and historical trends were used to predict the future. It took years, even decades, for meaningful shifts to take place, as data sourcing and communication of directives …

Good governance a necessity in NPOs


  Comparing between Innovation, Poverty Impact, Governance, Sustainability and Replication, which element is most crucial to master in a nonprofit? This question was raised during a recent strategy session we had and for us, it was not so easy to decide, as most of these elements are crucial in nonprofits. After some deliberation and some …

The Turning Point is Now


As a sector, nonprofit leadership is at a crucial crossroads: do we continue on our organisations’ solo missions in an isolated and uncoordinated fashion, or do we decide to develop co-designed, coordinated solutions with peers, to ensure quality services for South Africans in a sustainable manner? At Impumelelo, we believe in the value of our …

Is Your Nonprofit Participating in the Sharing Economy?


Problem: Most NPOs lack resources for operations and growth. Solution: The Nonprofit sector participating in the Sharing Economy. The sharing economy is a concept that highlights the ability and preference for individuals and organisations to use, share, lease or borrow products and services. It allows multiple end users to collectively develop and consume products and …

Is your organisation ready for sustained innovation?


Running a successful nonprofit is possible, but it certainly is not easy in today’s nonprofit and donor landscape. Innovation is key to survival and a needed key to scaling your impact. The concern is that innovation is inhibited due to the various challenges the nonprofit sector is experiencing. Innovation in the nonprofit sector has shown …

Human Rights Start With You


President Nelson Mandela promulgated the Constitution of a newly democratic South Africa in 1996. The highest law of the land, it is widely regarded as the most progressive Constitution in the world, with a Bill of Rights second to none. Among the rights stipulated are those of equality, freedom of expression and association, political and …

Are We Helping the Helpers?


Nonprofits are at the coalface of addressing challenges such as creating job opportunities for the 52% unemployed youth; providing early childhood development amidst one of the worst education systems in the world; working alongside communities with some of the most violent gangs in the world; providing support and health care services to a country with …

Finding the Hybrid Model Balance


For-profit and nonprofit organisations have much in common, but there are significant differences between the two. The aim is to find a balance between the various features in both models and to build a customised model to reach financial sustainability, organisational growth and social impact for the organisation. The rise of the hybrid model in …

Innovative Leadership


1. Strategic vision. To be an effective change agent and innovator, one has to be able to describe one’s vision for the future vividly. Having a clear picture of the destination will provide clarity and guidance on the road to follow. 2. Risk Tolerance. Innovation and free-flowing exploration of new ideas and solutions can be …