[Workshop] Radical changes to funding practice to empower NPOs

Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021

Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm SAST

Venue: Rondebosch Golf Club, Cnr Access Road and Golf Course Road, Mowbray, 7700

Cost: R 210.00 per person

Hosted by: Women in Philanthropy (WIPSA)

RSVPPlease book via this Quicket link to secure a place by 30 November 2021.

Learn about the shifts in funders' mindsets and practices as they embrace Systems Change work in support of real change

The pandemic has highlighted how our current systems are not designed to deal with complexity and unpredictability. It has become clearer that if we want to create a sustainable and more equitable society, we need new ways of working and collaborating with each other in the philanthropy sector to better address some of our country’s most pressing socio-economic, political, and environmental challenges.

Radical changes to funding practices are being embraced which will ultimately strengthen and empower NPOs. Funders are now fully engaging in participatory and trust-based grant-making and community-led philanthropy allowing for true co-creation and collaboration between funders and NPOs.

About the  speakers:

  • KENTSE RADEBE: Kentse is currently based at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at UCT. Kentse’s work largely focuses on social stratification and exploring how institutions and organisations can advance equity and social justice. 

Her academic background is in Sociology and Organisational Psychology. Prior to joining Bertha Centre, Kentse’s work focused on initiatives that aimed to reduce the mental health treatment gap in South Africa. This included working towards setting up the Counselling Hub in Woodstock which delivers low-cost mental health services in Cape Town. Kentse also currently serves on the South African Human Rights Commission Section 11 Committee Monitoring the Implementation of the Mental Health Care Report. Kentse is also a member of the Wellcome Trust Ideas Hub focusing on mental health. Kentse is a Tekano Health Equity Atlantic Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a Mail & Guardian 2019 Young 200 award recipient and an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow.

  • LOUISE DRIVER: A philanthropy specialist with 25 years’ experience working in the NPO, corporate and private foundation sectors.

Louise Driver currently holds the position of Executive Director of IPASA, the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa, a membership-based funder forum that promotes, advances, and supports philanthropy in South Africa. Prior to joining IPASA, Louise held for 9 years the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Louise has a Business Science Honours degree in Social Marketing from UCT and over 25 years of funding, fundraising, and development experience within in the philanthropy sector having worked for the Catholic Welfare and Development, for Old Mutual and MTN’s Corporate Social Investment projects and GreaterCapital, a CSI consultancy, part of the GreaterGood SA group. Louise has won a number of awards including the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award: Social Development category; the South African Institute of Fundraising award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year; and the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year.

  • CYNTHIA RAYNER: Cynthia is a researcher, practitioner, writer and lecturer. She recently co-authored the book The Systems Work of Social Change, together with Dr Francois Bonnici

Cynthia Rayner is a researcher, practitioner, writer and lecturer. She recently co-authored the book The Systems Work of Social Change, together with Dr Francois Bonnici which has been received with much acclaim in the social change sector. Cynthia’s work in social change began when, as a recovering management consultant, she joined the LGT Impact Fellowship, which brought her to South Africa for over a decade. She has recently relocated back to the US with her family.

 Most recently, Cynthia served as facilitator & curriculum designer for the DGMT Fellowship for Organisational Innovation in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to that, Cynthia served in several organizations, Generation Ubuntu, mothers2mothers, and as the co-founder of the Starfish Greathearts Foundation USA.

 Cynthia is affiliated with the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation as an adjunct lecturer & senior researcher. She is also a PhD student at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business studying collective approaches to systems change. 


 WiPSA is a network of passionate women and men who are active in the social sector and who come together to connect, learn, collaborate and inspire, with the aim of increasing impact in the sector. The network was started in 2010 with 10 founding members and now has a database of more than 700 people. The Steering Committee acts on a voluntary basis. The network is women-led but all women and men active or interested in the philanthropic sector are welcome.

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