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Collaboration is the key to innovation


At Impumelelo we believe that one of the most challenging aspects of the nonprofit sector is the fact that too many organisations work in silos. We, therefore, advocate that effective collaboration is the key ingredient to making innovation happen. Over the years, Impumelelo has offered a platform where organisations have learned how to innovate, push …

Technology Sophisticating Donor Engagement for Nonprofits


Technology is changing consumer behavior and companies are figuring out how to best use the latest technology to sell products and services and improve brand loyalty. The nonprofit sector is also evolving by utilising technology to engage with supporters, for fundraising, and manage information. Tremendous opportunities exist for nonprofit organisations to use technology to deliver …

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 …