Eskom Raises Over R324 000 for NGOs

The Eskom Development Foundation has hosted its annual Women's Month charity fundraiser and over R324 000 was raised for the two beneficiaries Reach for a Dream and the Smile Foundation.

Every year, the Eskom Development Foundation hosts this charity fundraiser in order to celebrate women and raise funds for a nominated national charity organisation that works with the more vulnerable members of society like the elderly and children.

2012 Call for Applications: National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund - Charities Sector

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) was established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No 57 of 1997) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions.

The Distributing Agency for Charities is once again in the position to consider applications for funding from the proceeds of the National Lottery.

In adjudicating the applications, the Charities Distributing Agency will focus on the following areas:

Charities Win Big at Turffontein’s SA Derby

High drama at Turffontein over the weekend resulted in two charities sharing a windfall of R45 000.

The SA Derby, one of four Grade 1 events at the race meeting, was linked to the Intercontinental Village Day Charity Cup in which nearly R100 000 was given away to charities.

Similar to the Charity Mile, each of the participating charities and sponsors was represented by a runner in the SA Derby and the finishing order determined the amount won by each charity.

Zimbabwean Governor Bans NGOs

The governor of the Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe has banned charitable organisations, spelling doom for the donor-dependant locals.

Governor Titus Maluleke, a loyalist to President Robert Mugabe, accuses the voluntary organisations of using western donor funds to campaign clandestinely for Mugabe's rivals.

Staff Memo Rocks Lotto

A memo by National Lotteries Board senior staff claims that former chief executive, Vevek Ram, received pay from a lottery beneficiary with the full knowledge of the board and worked as CEO for 12 years without an employment contract.

The memo from a key national lottery funding committee lifts the lid on new allegations of corruption, incompetence and illegality in the organisation that controls about R3 billion in payouts annually.

Rural Charities to Benefit from Lotto

The National Lotteries Board (NLB), the regulatory body of the national lottery, has admitted that the Lotteries Act will have to be changed to ensure a fairer distribution of funds, particularly to smaller charities.

The NLB also says the emphasis of its funding will change from urban to rural, a move which will offer hope to thousands of desperate charities across the South Africa.

This move comes after years of criticism by charity organisations starved of desperately needed funds, whereas sporting and arts bodies found it relatively easy to get money from the Lotto.

DTI, NLB to Investigate Lotto Allocations

The National Lotteries Board (NLB) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will investigate claims of conflicting interests involving the national lottery's distribution agencies.

NLB spokesperson, Sershan Naidoo, points out that the investigation will be conducted “to reduce the misperception that the applications of the distributing agency members' organisations might be considered without due consideration to the requirements."

Naidoo’s comments follow revelations by the Sunday Times newspaper about staggering disparities in the allocation of charity funds.

Lotto Sponsors Concerts While Charities Suffer

The National Lottery distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) has sponsored millions of rands to small sporting organisations and concerts while charities struggle to get funding.
According to the Sunday Times, small organisations such as the SA Table Tennis board and the Jazz Foundation have raked in millions of rands from Lotto while charities such as the Teddy Bear Clinic and the Johannesburg Children’s Home received less than what they deserved.

Rich Americans Urged to Donate to Charities

Investor Warren Buffett, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates, have announced that they are asking hundreds of billionaire Americans to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity.

Buffett, who made his fortune with insurance and investment company Berkshire Hathaway Inc, Gates and his wife, Melinda, have held a series of dinners with rich Americans in the past year to urge them to make a philanthropic pledge.

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