Why palliative and hospice care matters

  • 03 October 2013 | Graeme Wilkinson | Opinion

Significant gains have been made in the fight against HIV/AIDS and other chronic disease through palliative and hospice care – and we should mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day next week by learning more about, and raising funds for, those who support people with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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A day in the life of a home-based care worker

  • 02 October 2013 | Opinion

Commitment to helping those in need often goes unnoticed – but the dedication of home-based care (HBC) workers such as Francinah Ndileka Mjanyelwa quietly transforms lives, and whole communities.

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Global Social Service Workforce Alliance helps those who help others

  • 23 September 2013 | Opinion

Those in Tshikululu’s health sector are familiar with a USAID initiative called CapacityPlus, a global alliance of healthcare workers and those assisting them in order to realise the UN’s Millennium Development Goals. Now an equivalent global alliance for the social service sector has been formed, called the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.

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The shift toward impact in Corporate Social Investment

  • 01 August 2013 | Tracey Henry, CEO at Tshikululu Social Investments | Insight

Historically, corporate social investment has been mostly philanthropic. Over the past five decades we have seen enormous shifts in the practice of social investment – it has grown in complexity and in the face of demands for greater accountability.

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Moving charity beyond Mandela Day

  • 31 July 2013 | Jolene Shaw | Insight

Mandela Day saw corporates and employees extending goodwill across South Africa through various charitable giving. Classrooms were painted, blankets were collected and sandwiches were made for the needy. All this was done in the spirit of inspiring individuals to take action and help change the world for the better. And as wonderful as this type of charitable day is – bringing out the compassionate side in most people – the question posed now is how we extend the attitudes and activities beyond just one day.

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Tshikululu/GIBS Dialogue Programme partnership

  • 30 July 2013 | Opinion

Tshikululu sits at the confluence of corporate South Africa, civil society, communities, and government policies. As such, we are committed to expanding and facilitating conversations around South Africa’s growth and potential.

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Tshikululu turns fifteen

  • 30 July 2013 | Opinion

Fifteen years of excellence, innovation, integrity and care. Fifteen years as leading social investment advisors and managers.

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The case against charity

  • 30 July 2013 | Dan Maré | Insight

‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.’

John Donne, Meditation XVII

Grantmaking, and corporate social responsibility more generally, is the conduit between the capital of corporate South Africa and the NGOs that have taken it upon themselves to shore up the work of the state and assist those who have the least. Why is this money given? Sometimes out of a sense of ethical responsibility, sometimes out of a need to conform to governance imperatives and legislation, sometimes because it accrues public relations benefits, sometimes out of a sense of charity. Not all of these motivations are noble. One; charity, is pernicious.

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The case for giving

This paper was supposed to be about reporting. I was supposed to tell you about what constitutes an effective report, and how both donors and their NGO partners can use good reports to help maximise the impact of their work.

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Counting the benefit; making sure the benefits count

Since 2009, the development sector has made a notable shift in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) practices of corporate social investment (CSI) programmes.

Trialogue reported in their 2012 CSI Handbook that the monitoring of programmes has improved, from the simple tracking of expenditure to tracking outputs and outcomes indicators and conducting site visits to funded projects.

While the attention on more and more accountability for the results of social investments increases, we are yet to see significant strides in the evaluation component of M&E.

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