Funders Round South Africa was successful because you showed up!

02/10/2018 • Editors Blog, Editors Notes, Editors Picks, head, Home, Latest News, National, News

The success of our second Funders’ Round South Africa lies in the fact that you – and so many others – showed up.  Funders who attended this round included Sasol, Balwin Properties, Tigerbrands, IDC, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Hollard and Re-imagine South Africa.

The room quickly filled up with representatives of a broad range of NGOs and NPOs, including the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Singakwenza Education and Health, the Mamas’ Alliance, Philani, the Teddy Bear Foundation, Jam International and Abraham Kriel and the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Participants drove and flew in from as far afield as Bloemfontein, Durban, Cape Town, PE and even further-flung corners of South Africa.  The event sent shock waves across the globe – known outside of the continent of Africa – Why?

Because the event answers a direct need, therefore the event was a success, not only because of the numbers, but because of the quality of presentations and discussions, which – we gather from comments heard afterwards – inspired, informed and gave direction to so many. By the end of the day, over 1 760 dignitaries, corporates, CEOs, and leading organisations had logged in and heard or watched presentations on various social media platforms. Even better, many then went on to discuss the day on other platforms and in other circles, delivering a message of knowledge and empowerment.

There truly is nothing like being at Funders’ Round in person – receiving valuable tips from funders and successful NGOs and making the kinds of connections that only personal contact can yield.  Who can share with you the experience of sitting in a room with someone who has actually raised a Billion Rand worth of funding – the Keynote delivered by Ms Sibongile Mkhabela, got everyone in the room talking and getting up to praise Ms Mkhabela on raising 700 million of that from South Africa.

We’re encouraged – and have resolved that in 2019 the event will run over two days and host a target of 45 funders. Since we’ve already had requests for early booking, we’ve opened our doors for ticket sales.  A one-day ticket will cost ZAR2980 – an investment in your funding future worth every cent. With the Early Bird Special running until the end of October 2018, you’ll pay only ZAR1980 – a 2018 price for a 2019 event.

At Funders’ Round 2019 you’ll listen to and interact with 45/50 funders explaining their funding do’s and don’ts. You’ll learn the whats, whens, whos and hows of applying so that the process is made more streamlined, and proposals can be tailor-made for the best potential funder.  You’ll also make the kinds of connections which may stand your organisation in good stead for years to come.

To guarantee your place at the table, and join the other organisations who have registered and paid. (click me) complete and return the booking form. We suggest getting in early, as seats are likely to be sold out as with this year and last year.

Funders’ Round 2019 promises to be big. We’re planning to locate it in the midst of a much larger four-day conference, long in the planning – our The African Continent’s Global CSI Conference – Moving Africa Forward CSI Conference, bringing together corporates, NGOs, NPOs, academics and industry to thrash out issues of vital interest to all in the CSI sector. More on this conference in the months to come.

For photographs of Funders’ Round 2018, coming soon. Those who attended the event should look out for our follow-up email containing the contact details of all speakers, including a few extras who were unable to make it on the day.

This list should prove to a be a valuable resource – enjoy! And hope to see you at the same event next year – bigger, better and more streamlined to the needs of all our valued participants.

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