The need for Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) to have access to funding has never been more urgent,
especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a massive impact on society.
Research conducted by the Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA)has highlighted how many
NPOs only have sufficient resources to continue their work for between six and 12 months.
This research also revealed that some organisations, while rendering critical services, don’t have the compliance resources or expertise to be deemed grant ready. As a result, they are often overlooked by
local and international funders who require detailed documents and stringent processes to be in place in
order for funds to be allocated.
How then, in these difficult times, do organisations continue to do their very necessary work?
“For any NPO in Southern Africa seeking international funding, it is absolutely crucial that they are
properly validated,” says Ted Hart, President and CEO of CAF America and President of CAF Canada.
“Validation protects both the funder and the NPO, while enabling a channel of assistance to those in need. This stamp of approval enables NPOs to be eligible for future international funding opportunities.”
CAFSA’s new Validate4Good offers a win-win solution
In a bid to improve its already well-established validations offering for NPOs in Southern Africa, CAFSA
has launched a new online platform called Validate4Good. In helping NPOs to become compliant,
Validate4Good ensures that they meet donor requirements in order to be eligible to receive much-needed
local and international funds and support.
“One of CAFSA’s most important value propositions is our validation offering’s strict adherence to
governance and compliance imperatives,” says Gill Bates, CEO of CAFSA. “Because of the risk involved
in donating money, including money laundering and fraud, we have strong controls in place to manage
regulatory compliance, risk and reputation.”
NPOs wanting to be validated on Validate4Good have to supply several important pieces of information.
This includes their founding documents, details on their board of directors, Section 18A certificates,
audited financial statements, tax clearance certificates, NPO certificates, and evidence of anti-terrorism
“This level of diligence and care has been ingrained in the fabric of our practice for decades,” continues
“Through Validate4Good, we have streamlined the submission process and merged agility with compliance. In simple and innovative ways, we ensure that donors’ compliance needs are met whileproviding NPOs with the critical funds necessary to assist the communities they serve.”
Being on the Validate4Good database provides NPOs with more credibility while helping donors to make informed decisions about their investments. It’s a win-win solution for all.
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