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FROM THE TREASURER'S DESK

 

 

25 May 2017

IZIKO LOBOMI HELPING HANDS PARTNERS Campaign

All faith-based, non-profit organisations go through phases when there are changes in income sources which then causes management to look at new ways to generate new income for their work.

At the HBCCA we are going through such a phase. Historically about one third of our income was generated by our office by means of hall bookings, jumble sales, photo copies, et. etc. The second one third came from contributions from churches, private individuals and organisations (local and abroad). The third third came from businesses supporting our work as part of their social responsibility programmes encouraged by the government's BEE requirements.

A change in the BEE rules at the end of last year however had a huge impact on our main BEE business partner's contributions. Companies are now required to structure their involvement in disadvantaged communities in line with their core business. This company is an Information Technology (IT) company which means that they will now only get BEE credits for Information Technology related spending in these communities. In the past they could get credits for sponsoring bricklaying courses, sponsoring facility upgrades, salaries and maintenance. Well, not anymore. At the same time, this has huge spin-offs for the IT side of our Centre, especially our Computer Centre run by TeboComputers. But more about this at a later stage.

This forced us to come up with new ways to generate income to fill this void. Our QUNU Coffee Shop / Reception was the first initiative in this regard where a small entrance fee is charged to all non-Imizamo Yethu visitors to Iziko Lobomi. This is working very well with almost a thousand visitors that were charged in the first three months. It will however take at least a year before this venture will bring in sufficient additional funds to make a contribution to our nett overall income.

After the loss of this significant income source, we also realised the danger of having one source responsible for such a large portion of our income. This resulted in a new focus on more smaller amounts which will carry smaller risks.

With this in mind the 'IZIKO LOBOMI HELPING HANDS PARTNERS' campaign was launched this month. We are very excited because we feel it is more Biblical and at the same time it presents an opportunity for more people (young and old) to share in this great work the HBCCA is doing.

OUR GOAL: 200 by Dec 2017 !

Our goal is to have at least a total of one hundred local and one hundred international Partners before the end of this year. With our new online PayFast facility, easy and quick recurring donations is now possible saving much hassle and time. With the smallest amount of R100 per month, we feel it will make it possible for people from all spectrums and age groups to participate. This will not only solve our current budget shortages but will provide much needed additional funds for capacity building and community upliftment programmes.

 

If you are not a Partner yet, please sign up still today!

God's richest blessings and Shalom!

Hennie Jacobs

Treasurer

 

 

 

 

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