According to NPO Inyathelo, many non-profit organisations (NPOs) have been so busy dealing with immediate humanitarian needs during the Covid-19 pandemic, that they could – understandably – lose sight of some of the basic rules that will ensure their long-term sustainability.

Inyathelo teaches an integrated approach, known as advancement, to engage the external environment and position an organisation to attract support.

“If you are to provide long-term assistance for society, and employment for your staff, you should pay attention to the ten elements of advancement: leadership, governance, strategy and planning, financial management, fundraising, human capacity, relationship building, monitoring and evaluation, voice and visibility,” says Inyathelo finance director Soraya Joonas.

Joonas provides several practical examples of how to implement advancement principles:

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