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WiPSA Events

WiPSA events take the form of an individual presentation or panel presentation on a particular topic relevant to people working in the social and development sectors.

The presentations normally run from 9-11am with the opportunity for networking before and after the talk. Under normal circumstances, the events are usually held in a variety of venues with the focus on choosing a central venue for most with easy parking. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, these events will take the form of online webinars.





Radical changes to funding practice to empower NPOs

Learn about the shifts in funders’ mindsets and practices as they embrace Systems Change work in support of real change

Join us in person for the final event of the year where we will connect, discuss and workshop how the major changes in funding brought on through Covid, are impacting the philanthropy sector. We will explore the move to participatory and trust-based grant-making; community-led philanthropy, and the shifting of the power from funder to grantee through systems change work.

The pandemic has highlighted how our current systems are not designed to deal with complexity and unpredictability. It has become clearer that if we want to create a sustainable and more equitable society, we need new ways of working and collaborating with each other in the philanthropy sector to better address some of our country’s most pressing socio-economic, political, and environmental challenges.

Radical changes to funding practices are being embraced which will ultimately strengthen and empower NPOs. Funders are now fully engaging in participatory and trust-based grant-making and community-led philanthropy allowing for true co-creation and collaboration between funders and NPOs.

Our speakers

Kentse Radebe

Kentse is currently based at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at UCT. Kentse’s work largely focusses on social stratification and exploring how institutions and organisations can advance equity and social justice. 

Louise Driver Executive Director of IPASA

A philanthropy specialist with 25 years’ experience working in the NPO, corporate and private foundation sectors

Cynthia Rayner

Cynthia Rayner is a researcher, practitioner, writer and lecturer. She recently co-authored the book The  Systems Work of Social Change, together with Dr Francois Bonnici


Date: Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Time: 08h30 for 09h00 until 12h30

Cost : R210.00, (includes coffee, tea and a snack, talk, discussion and networking)

Venue: Rondebosch Golf Club, Cnr Access Road and Golf Course Road, Mowbray, 7700