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POPIA Compliance update: Resources and options

| Nicole Copley | NGO Law | Legal Considerations
The ‘D’ day for POPIA compliance has come and gone. Some of us have it all sussed and sorted, some had good intentions but have been diverted by other dramas, and some are still wondering whether they need to engage with POPIA (for the last lot, yes you do!) The good news is that the Information Regulator’s office seems to be as stuck as its website still is, with the Information Officer registration portal still not accessible due to technical difficulties. Our suspicion is that the technic...

All about audit certificates

| Nicole Copley | NGO Law | Tax and Finance
What are they? Audit certificates are a record produced each year and kept on file certifying/giving an opinion on the use of funds for which 18A receipts were issued.  According to s18A(2B), a PBO which falls under section 18(2A), must obtain and retain an audit certificate. This audit certificate confirms that all donations received or accrued in the year for which they were issued were used for 18A activities. Who needs them? Not all 18A organisations are required to prod...

Advance Notice - Changes coming to 18A Receipts

| Nicole Copley | NGO Law | Tax and Finance
The current provisions of section 18A of the Income Tax Act requires that 18A receipts which are issued to donors include the following details: 18A RECEIPT:  Your organisation’s name, address and PBO number; The donor’s name and address; The date the donation was received; The amount of a monetary donation/nature and value of property donated; The required certification being: we hereby certify this receipt is issued for the purposes...

Acting outside your objects - Tax and other consequences

| Nicole Copley | NGO Law | Tax and Finance
Some people believe that trading is prohibited for PBOs, and others that all income of PBOs is tax exempt. Neither of these is true, and the answer lies somewhere between the two extremes: Under Section 10(1)(cN) of the Income Tax Act, all non-trading income and some types and parts of trading income are exempt from tax if the organisation has PBO status.Any organisation with PBO status potentially receives three categories of income: Non-trading tax exempt income; Non-taxable tradin...

Storytelling for non-profits

| Ruen Govinder | Hashtag Nonprofit | Communications
Storytelling, used well, is the single most powerful tool available to nonprofits You know you love reading a good book, watching a great movie or listening to an engaging story. But why? And how does it relate to telling stories for your nonprofit? Our brains love stories It’s true! Research shows that character-driven stories cause the brain to make oxytocin. This hormone is sometimes called the “love hormone” or the “bliss hormone” because of how it makes us feel when our brains re...

Understanding Storytelling

| Ruen Govinder | Hashtag Nonprofit | Communications
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel - Maya Angelou When nonprofits talk about their work, there is a tendency to emphasise dry facts and figures, or ‘NGO-speak’ (inaccessible jargon). If you want your work to resonate with people, inspire change, win support, or even attract donors, the key communications tool you need to master is storytelling. A vir...

Getting started with storytelling

| Ruen Govinder | Hashtag Nonprofit | Communications
The idea of adding something as challenging as storytelling to your already busy day may feel overwhelming. However, this does not have to be the case. Stories are all around you, and you can gather them in the course of your work over a long period of time. Creating a story bank Your story bank is a space where people can quickly gather a collection of narratives that you can have on hand to create presentations, quote in interviews, use in funding proposals or op-eds. Your story bank can...

How to host a webinar like a pro

| Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement | Communications
NPO Inyathelo recently held a free webinar on cost-effective and efficient webinar solutions. The organisation has provided tips not only for other NPOs, but also for other organisations considering hosting a webinar, while keeping costs down. “Inyathelo staff began working remotely on 18 March – it was as new to us as it was for many,” say operations director Feryal Domingo and operations coordinator Jacques Swart. They presented the webinar, backed up by database officer Bayanda Gumbi. “We...

How to banish burnout at NPOs

| Feryal Domingo | Inyathelo, The South African Institute for Advancement | Mental Health and Wellness
It is essential that South African non-profit (NPO) and civil society employees take steps to avoid burnout if they are to continue their vital work. The sector increasingly has to deal with extreme workplace stress due to, amongst other factors, growing socio-economic challenges and uncertainty about funding. This is according to Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, which has been providing support to local NPO organisations and the Higher Education sector for 16 years. A...

Regulations relevant to NPOs

| Ricardo Wyngaard | The NPO Lawyer | Legal Considerations
The following two sets of Regulations have important implications for NPOs. Regulations relating to the Protection of Personal Information The Information Regulator has, under section 112 (2) of the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act No. 4 of 2013 (the Act) made regulations (the POPI Regulations), which were published on 14 December 2018. The POPI Regulations make, amongst other, provision for the responsibilities of an 'information officer' as referred to under section 55 of the ...


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