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NPO Collaboration Dialogue: Building Resilience

SOS SA National Director, Steve Miller as a panelist


                                                                                                                                                            Caption:  Lauren Henning – Mergon, Steve Miller – SOS SA, Prof. William Gumede – Wits, Kerryn Krige - author


Stephen Miller, National Director for SOS Children’s Villages South Africa was one of the panelists at the NPO Collaboration Dialogue with the theme, “Building Resilience”.  The purpose of the session was to look at systems and strategies that organisations can put in place to be resilient and to respond to global and local shocks. The dialogue was hosted by Trialogue in partnership with GIBS, Nedbank Private Wealth, Mergon, Relativ Group, and CAFSA. The Dialogue took take place on the morning of Friday 29th September at GIBS in Illovo, Johannesburg.

Steve elaborated on the importance of setting up realistic income targets, investing in fundraising with a medium to long term horizon by experimenting with different channels, and managing ROI expectations.  He also spoke about prioritizing individual committed giving and to involve the entire organization in fundraising.

Other speakers were William Gumede, Associate Professor from the School of Governance at University of the Witwatersrand who spoke about how to innovate during difficult times. Kerryn Krige a Social Enterprise specialist and author or the book “The Disruptors” was also in the panel, and she elaborated on the fact that NGO’s success is built on stability and legitimacy and the importance of building a sound relationship with the government. 

Steve also spoke broadly about the work that SOS is does in the communities and how children that are in need are supported and cared for at our villages.  He also spoke about how SOS SA will raise the bar in terms of committed giving initiatives to better sustain ourselves without receiving grants in the coming year.

SOS Children’s Villages SA