The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and Nonprofit Organisations

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a way of bridging the gap between physical, technology, and biological spheres. It’s a combination of advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing, genetic engineering, quantum computing and many other technologies.

It’s the aggregate power behind numerous items and administrations that are quickly getting key to present day life.

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12BA Skills Training Delivers Food Parcels In Durban South

With an increasing number of unemployment, illiteracy and unhealthy lifestyles in Durban, 12BA NPO was established to address these. I2BA NPO was initiated on the 15th of September 2018 and was registered officially with RSA Social Development as a nonprofit organisation on the 16th of October 2018 (216-849NPO)

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Digital Security Risks for Nonprofits In South Africa

Most NPOs have access to sensitive personal information that belongs to members of their communities which they serve, and that of their clients or customers, such as email addresses; phone numbers; names and possibly ID numbers. How well do NPOs handle confidential information to ensure that it is not tampered with or stolen by hackers?

Below are some of the things NPOs need to be aware of when it comes to handling sensitive data.

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The Importance of Online Networking for NPOs during Lockdown

What does online networking mean for NPO’s?

As you would attend networking events in person, online networking supports your NPO’s activities and connects you with other organisations in the sector who are like-minded or have an interest in your area of expertise.

During lockdown, networking has naturally, migrated to social media platforms. These platforms can offer your organisation a wonderful opportunity to present your work and connect with interested parties, beneficiaries and supporters. Currently, your most valuable tool is online networking!

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Networking Event Etiquette Tips For NPOs

Networking is a great asset for your organisation. There should be always time in your busy days to attend seminars, retreats, meet ups, workshops, talks or even just being a volunteer at one of the above. Never underestimate the potential of networking in any event.  Be prepared to converse whenever you have the opportunity, so you leave a good impression of being engaged.

Upcoming Event: NPO Meet and Greet – 27 February 2020 – learn more.

During the networking event that you are attending, you should follow some courtesy and manners which cost nothing. Here are some tips for the next networking meeting you may attend:

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Professional Networking Etiquette With Potential Donors

Your approach

Major donors usually have lots of people lobbying for their financial attention, not only other nonprofit organisations seeking support but people with personal financial difficulties too. In order to begin a relationship with a new potential donor, your organization needs to get their attention quickly.

The best way to get the attention of a major donor prospect is by having someone who knows them introduce your non-profit.  If a board member, donor, staff member or volunteer at your organization knows the prospect and is willing to make the introduction and vouch for your nonprofit, it can kick-start the relationship in a way that few other tactics can.

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5 Networking Tips For Nonprofits

Have a positive attitude about Networking (and if you don’t – change it!):

Chances are you’re feeling that your time would be better spent cultivating donors than investing the time for networking. Yes? Remember that Fundraising and networking go hand in hand. There are no shortage of
challenges in the nonprofit space so why add to those challenges by alienating others who want to achieve the same goals as your organization and YOU become the island? Put yourself out there, mingle with like-
minded, big-hearted people, and get to know other leaders on a personal level. It could be the key to your struggling non-profit’s success.

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6 Reasons NPOs Need To Network in 2020

By regularly networking, and pushing yourself to talk to people you don’t know, it will help increase your confidence. This is an important attribute as a leader, because your organisation growth is dependent on talking to people and making connections.

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The Diversified Fundraising Approach

There are many ways to fundraise other than mass mailing, which is sending the same funding proposal to many donors in the mail. Mass mailing is actually an extremely unsuccessful method of fundraising, almost guaranteed to result in rejection.

Donors can pick up whether or not you put the effort into understanding their values and objectives, and developing a project and proposal in-line with their guidelines. Proposals that are tailor-made, are usually much more successful.

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Understanding the Donor Climate in South Africa

When it comes to obtaining assistance from donors, there are three basic rules to consider:

● Familiarise yourself with current trends in the donor environment.

● Understand whether you match the objectives and meet the criteria of your prospective donor/s.

● Formulate a strategy on how to approach funders.

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