WIPSA Event - "Power to Partner: Radical changes to funding practice to empower NPOs"

Wed Dec 1, 08:30 - Wed Dec 1, 12:30
Rondebosch Golf Club


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

Dear WIPSA friends

We are delighted to be meeting in person for the final event of the year where we will connect, discuss and workshop how the major changes in funding brought on through Covid, are impacting the philanthropy sector. We will explore the move to participatory and trust-based grant-making; community-led philanthropy, and the shifting of the power from funder to grantee through systems change work.

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 our speakers:

JOANNE HARDING: Director and ex Officio Trustee of Social Change Assistance Trust [SCAT]. Joanne holds a PhD in Public Law from the University of Cape Town. The title of her study is “Women’s legal consciousness in a poor urban community: Finding order in and around the law”.

She has been involved with SCAT since 1998 when she was employed as a fieldworker/trainer which was followed by a series of promotions to senior fieldworker/researcher in 2000, field manager in 2002, and communications director in 2004, before being appointed SCAT Director in 2006. Joanne took time out to do her Masters in Social Planning and Administration in 2011 with her thesis focusing on the “Financial sustainability of the non-profit sector in South Africa”. At the request of the SCAT board she returned to SCAT in 2016 in order to bring stability to the organisation, which had experienced a number of leadership changes and significant funding losses. She is deeply committed to social justice and gender equality in South Africa.

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.

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. 

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.


Please note the workshop will run from 09h00 to 12h00; with tea & coffee and networking before the event from 08h30 to 09h00 and at the end of the event from 12h00 to 12h30

Date & Time

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

08h30 until 12h30


Rondebosch Golf Club

Cnr Access Road and Golf Course Road

Mowbray, 7700


R 210.00 per person


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WIPSA Event - "Power to Partner: Radical changes to funding practice to empower NPOs"
Rondebosch Golf Club
Access Rd & Golf Course Rd, Mowbray, Cape Town, 7705
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