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Pathways to Sustainability workshops

As the funding landscape becomes more competitive across South Africa, focusing on income generation and sustainability is an increasingly desirable alternative to single donor dependency for many existing Non Profit Organisations (NPO’s).

In order to support non-profit managers to create impactful, sustainable enterprises we are, together with the Social Enterprise Academy and the International Labour Organization, launching a series of Pathways to Sustainability workshops for Non-Profits in Cape Town, Durban and Bloemfontein.

The workshops kick off in April 2016, and will provide practical guidance on the journey from donor-dependency to income-generating activity for each participant. The workshop programme consists of five two-day workshops over four months. The workshops include two individual coaching sessions per delegate.

The five modules are:

Module 1:
Understanding Social Enterprise
Cape Town:  25 & 26 April
Durban:  5 & 6 May
Bloemfontein:  11 & 12 May *
This module fully explores the Social Enterprise model, the imperative to transition from donor-dependency to income-generation and the focus within a social enterprise on blended value.
Module 2:
Identifying Income-Generation Opportunities

Cape Town:  26 & 27 May
Durban:  30 & 31 May
Bloemfontein:  7 & 8 June *
This module enables learners to explore income-generation opportunities, building on their organisation’s strengths and assets.
Module 3:
Change Leadership

Cape Town:  28 & 29 June
Durban:  6 & 7 July
Bloemfontein:  4 & 5 July *
This module equips learners with the principles of leading a change process.
Module 4:
Building your Social Enterprise

Cape Town:  26 & 27 July
Durban:  1 & 2 August
Bloemfontein:  10 & 11 August *
This module explores the principles of marketing and finance that are essential to the successful running of a social enterprise.
Module 5:
Social Enterprise Planning

Cape Town:  23 & 24 August
Durban:  29 & 30 August
Bloemfontein:  6 & 7 September *
This final module completes the process of business planning such that learners are able to pitch their business plan to a panel of experts who will provide feedback. Learners will also be introduced to the concepts of innovative finance, assessing options available to them in light of their business plans.

* Dates subject to change.


To apply for the programme, please send a CV of the individual who would attend and a cover letter (max 2 pages) detailing the following:

  • an overview of your organisation and what it does
  • why you want to attend this workshop
  • ideas your organisation has started exploring on financial sustainability
  • how people in your organisation feel about financial sustainability.

If you are also applying for the scholarship, please include a one page motivational letter on why your organisation is eligible.

The workshops run until September and will end at our annual Pathways to Funding ‘Do-ference’ in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

The workshops cost R6000 per delegate and scholarships are available.

Applications and queries should be sent to by 11 April 2016.

Download our workshop brochure here.