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Building on our collective passion and commitment to strengthen the social impact sector in South Africa

Building on our collective passion and commitment to strengthen the social impact sector in South Africa, the Resource Alliance, USB and Nedbank Private Wealth are partnering to bring the International Fundraising Congress (IFC) Pop Ups back to USB on Thursday, 8 March with a fresh, new programme of fundraising inspiration and high-quality learning.

The one day workshop will include some of the best video sessions from IFC and IFC Asia 2017, giving local social impact leaders and fundraisers the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s brightest fundraising stars.

“Each IFC Pop Up is packed with energising, inspiring and enlightening video sessions, delivered by international fundraising experts. There will also be live Skype Q&A with some of the speakers, as well as a presentation by one of South Africa’s most successful fundraising teams – the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust,” says Sarah Scarth, the Resource Alliance’s Africa Director.

The IFC Pop Ups 2018 programme will also include sessions on major gift fundraising essentials; how philanthropy is changing in Europe and how to adapt; building a bequest programme from scratch; how to fundraise from US foundations; building a fundraising strategy in seven steps; how to use data to drive results; and lots more.

The role and importance of the social sector for the well-being of our society is mostly under estimated. A sustainable society needs a strong social sector as much as effective government and thriving enterprises. Neglecting this, is to neglect the resilience and future sustainability of our society. It is therefore both a privilege and priority for USB to be a convening place and a source of education and empowerment for people governing, leading and managing social sector organisations.
– Prof Arnold Smit, head of Social Impact at USB

The partnership between the Resource Alliance, University of Stellenbosch and USB goes back to 2015 when the organisations first met to discuss ways to help more non-profit or social impact organisations become financially sustainable, through the development of strong leadership and sound, innovative fundraising practice.  Over the last year the organisations have partnered to deliver the first IFC Pop Ups in March 2017 and the Great Fundraising Masterclass in September of the same year, which collectively were attended by just over 300 people.  Together with the University of Stellenbosch’s Advancement office, they’ve also helped established a national Higher Education Fundraising Forum and the Resource Alliance is an active participant on the advisory panel supporting the development of USB’s Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development for Non-profit Organisations.

​“Social impact organisations make a substantial contribution to advancing the wellbeing of communities by protecting their rights, filling service delivery gaps, defending democracy, and protecting the environment to name a few.  They are also play an important role in our economy and employ thousands of people.  We are committed to helping to strengthen their ability to carry out their work in the most effective and efficient way and to make sure it continues for future generations,” says Sarah.

The cost to attend the IFC Pop Up is R990 which includes refreshments and lunch and there are discounts for those who book early.  Just use the promotional code EARLYBIRD when booking.  To find out more and to secure your seat, visit 

Fascinating insights, stimulating discussion, and fabulous networking all await you at this year’s IFC Pop-Ups in South Africa. For more information contact Sarah Scarth at 021 761 4022 or email [email protected]


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