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Trends in social and community development

2015/2016 Trends in social and community development – Major Implications for practitioners

The following presentation provides insight into research conducted and follows on previous work presented (2013/ 2014/ 2015).  The aim of this research is to understand how the practice of community/social, investment and development changes over time and how it influences the work of practitioners. This year we have done extensive work to understand: The impact […]

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Measuring Impact

Measuring Impact – and getting better at it

We started our impact journey in 2009.  It is only through looking back that we have realised how far we have come.  We did not set out to change the world, simply to answer a single question – What difference did we make? Since then, we have assessed more than 600 programs totaling more than […]

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Social Capital

Social Capital: What it is!

What is social capital? It is ‘the glue that binds society together’’, and provides the opportunity for businesses to be purposefully involved in creating a sustainable future for their operations, communities, and society at large. It allows companies to demonstrate the impact of their business activities on communities, the economy, and the environment through their […]

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Funders/Donors/Grantmaker Perceptions

Funders/Donors/Grantmaker Perceptions: Do you know/care?

Funders/Donors and grantmakers are well known for their ability to critically evaluate development organisations and intermediaries.  This due diligence forms an important part of the funding cycle.  Among others, the reasons for conducting these critical assessments are to ensure: That the organisation is credible – and a registered entity That the organisation complies with specific […]

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Good News

Where is the good news? I need good news today!

Working in the field of community development with both funders and their implementing partners I am constantly looking for innovative and creative ways to solve social issues.  Because of the amount of research and benchmarking that I conduct I am always interested in new development or investment models, flagship and signature programs, or programs with […]

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Better practice for more effective grantmaking

Failing at grantmaking?

Failing at grantmaking?  Low impact and Low Return:  Funders and grantmakers should be concerned: After conducting numerous impact assessments for some of South Africa’s largest donors and grantmakers, Next Generation Consultants have come up with a list of contributing factors to low impact and low return aspects.  In our search to build an industry body […]

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How to manage risk in community/social investment and development

Managing Risk: Community and Social Investment and Development

Spending money is easy. Spending limited resources effectively and efficiently is extraordinarily difficult; doing so in ways that please everyone is impossible as long as demand for money exceeds supply.  How to manage risk:  Community and Social Investment and Development: Grantmakers are subject to a range of contradictory demands. For example, they are expected: To […]

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SROI or ROI for grantmaking

Determining the ROI of (Corporate) Community, Investment and Development

Over the last 20 years (corporate) community involvement (CI) / corporate social investment and development (CSI) has evolved from an add-on activity to a bona-fide line function with bottom-line accountabilities. Like any other business function it is expected to add value (returns) to the business. For community involvement adding value means creating a shared and […]

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Failing at grantmaking?

Failing at grantmaking?

After conducting numerous impact assessments for various grantmakers, I have come to understand there are very clear reasons why grantmakers experience low community impact and low business return on investment of their community investment/development programs. The following are some of our observations and we would love to hear from other practitioners in order to grow […]

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Grantmaking – Getting it right: Indicators to measure success: Best Practice

Generally, grantmakers pay considerable attention to what they fund—grantmaking strategy and impact—and who they fund—the grantees/ organisations/intermediaries they support. But what about the management practice of funding? In our experience, grantmakers should pay equal attention to how grants are made and managed—evaluating and continually improving the practices used to make grants. Practices matter. Grantmaking practices […]

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