Internationally research has shown that community organisations often lack capacity in areas such as financial management, reporting and monitoring of projects. Many community organisations also lack sufficient funding. Without dynamic websites and other marketing tools and when their financial administration and support functions are not on levels that enable them to be sustainable, such organisations find it increasingly difficult to raise funds from large donors.
SOS wants to help organisations with these functions, so that they can concentrate on their core function, to help those who are poor and vulnerable in society. By strengthening specific community organisations, SOS also hopes to strengthen civil society, democracy and human rights.
There are more than a hundred community organisations in the greater Stellenbosch. These organisations do commendable work on a wide range of causes. Many will benefit with help to prepare financial statements, marketing and fundraising campaigns and business plans. Often the primary aid or development done by these organisations take up so much of their time that little is left for monitoring their effectiveness. By assisting organisations in the greater Stellenbosch to build capacity, especially in administrative and management support and in reporting and monitoring, SOS will help organisations to perform their core activities better and with improved effect.