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NPOs need to be nimble

"According to a national research study released in October 2017, Civil Society in South Africa, the number of registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) was 145,152 in October 2015. The Department of Social Development (DSA), which supplied these figures, indicated that numbers of registered NPOs "increase daily". In fact, more recent DSA statistics put the number of NPOs at 201,644.

The study (an initiative of the Funding Practice Alliance ‒ Inyathelo, Community Development Resource Association and Social Change Assistance Trust, and funded by the National Lotteries Commission) revealed that the majority of South African NPOs are newly established and ‘micro’ (annual income less than R50,000) to ‘small’ (annual income greater than or equal to R50,000 but less than R500,000). It is estimated that the sector provides over a million employment opportunities, both paid and unpaid. However, the vast majority of organisations (96.9% of the sample size) handle fundraising internally – they do not have the resources to employ professional fundraisers. "

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