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How to be an Active Citizen | PART 1 | 5 ways your previously loved stuff can make a difference!

Brought to you by forgood.co.za, South Africa’s largest volunteering and goods donation platform. We connect people who want to make a difference – to the Causes that need their help!

From spring cleans and moving house to just de-cluttering your modern lifestyle – we all have physical resources (our stuff!) that can really make a difference if donated to the right Cause at the right time - in the right way.


Here are 6 tips to let your previously loved stuff free – and help others while you’re doing it.

Donate tactically. Not every homeless shelter needs blankets and not every ECD centre needs clothes. The forgood website lists very specific requirements from Causes across South Africa. Match your resources to the right need and you’ll create more impact. Communication is key. Communicate with the nonprofit organisation about WHAT you are donating and HOW much you’re donating – let them choose WHEN and to WHO those donations are applied. They are the experts after all!Deliver the goods…
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The forgood Pop-Up Store: SA's first cause-based online shop!

Really excited to launch this new product: The forgood Pop-Up StoreRead all about it... and most importantly, go shopping for some beautiful products - that also build sustainability in our social sector by generating revenue for Causes. 

#ProductsWithPurpose

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Get ready for South Africa’s first cause-based online pop-up store, offering a curated selection of handcrafted products to purchase. From clothing and toys to jewellery and art – the forgood Pop-Up Store (http://store.forgood.co.za) is open for the month of July only. The best part? Every sale generates income for a cause, helping to build long-term sustainability, create jobs, support skills development and empower communities.
This South African first is the brainchild of forgood, an online platform that connects ordinary people to reputable causes where they can choose to donate goods or offer their skilled services to a cause in need. It’s all about matching good, for good.
“With the forgood Pop-Up Store we wa…

JOBS @ forgood | Tech-Savvy Account Manager

PLEASE NOTE: Do NOT just email us. We will ignore any submissions that do not FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE JOB SPEC. It's a simple request really, but you'd be surprised that 95% of applicants don't follow it.
Forgood connects people to Causes. You can think of us like "online dating for the social sector"! We’re the largest volunteering platform in South Africa - a team building a sexy technology platform that solves social problems. We’re also a proudly for-profit – and believe in making money and saving the world at the same time. 
We need someone to join our Account Management / Client Service / Projects team – directly interfacing with large South African corporates as we design, customise and run their Employee Volunteering Programmes on our platform. There’s also the opportunity to get involved with interesting side projects as we experiment with different revenue streams and services. If you can prove yourself obviously…
Go watch this. If it lights a fir…

How to build an effective Employee Volunteering Programme

Well-designed employee volunteering programmes can boost staff loyalty, skills development and brand alignment. In other words, they foster employee engagement – that elusive enthusiasm and interest from staff towards furthering their employers’ reputation and goals. It seems that work for no pay, pays - the catch is that it needs to be for a good cause.

“In an average firm, over 70% of employees are either not committed to or engaged with their company’s goals,” says Andy Hadfield, CEO of forgood – the largest volunteer and donation matching portal in the country, “that’s like saying only five players in a rugby team know where the try line is.”
Forgood builds and manages customisable, branded portals through which CSI teams can select verified causes for their staff to get involved with, while tracking the number of hours committed and donations made. The portal includes a rating tool that enables star employees to stand out and receive recognition.
While eight out of 10 corporates …

Employee Engagement, Employee Volunteering & CSI Trends for 2017

It's been a feature of my life - throwing myself into completely different industries and then learning enough to start commenting. Hopefully it all makes sense. 

The social sector (social enterprises, charities, social impact, shared value) has been utterly fascinating and I firmly believe that the world is unlikely to succeed in it's current format. Pure capitalism has failed. Pure charity has failed. Which means the place to play is in the middle

Here are some thoughts around charity, volunteering, CSI, employee engagement, HR and other important bits and bobs. 

We live in a business world where PURPOSE is becoming as important as PROFIT - and these are the trends shaping that space. 

shorter version of this was published on BizCommunity CSI

Thank you to Katherine Robertson (Head of Clients and Programs @ forgood) for her help with this article. 





Employee engagement is back!
CSI is no longer just focused on communities external to their business. This is not only because of…

JOBS @ forgood | Junior QA. Tester & Tech Support (with big dreams).

More tech team resources at our social impact "startup"...

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READ THIS ENTIRE JOB SPEC. WE HAVE ASKED THREE QUESTIONS AT THE END OF THE SPEC. PRETTY SILLY THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE READ THE JOB - BUT HEY, WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD OF SPRAY AND PRAY JOB APPLICATIONS, YOU HAVE TO GET RADICAL. SORRY FOR THE CAPS!

ANSWER THE THREE QUESTIONS. DO NOT SEND YOUR CV. WE WILL REQUEST CVs FROM THE BEST ANSWERS. 

Charity might just be broken. Make no mistake, without it we would have been lost - but at best it's providing symptomatic relief to our countries problems. Charities (what we call Causes) are being hammered. They're completely reliant on donor funding. They're fragmented - often doing amazing work independent of each other. They're under the wrong kind of pressure.

We need to improve on this concept of charity. We need to make the social sector work better than it is currently.

We think the gap lies in the social entrepreneurship spac…

JOBS @ forgood | Front End Developer (Mid/Senior). Coder with a flair for design!

We're beefing up our Tech Team at forgood. Here's the job spec...

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READ THIS ENTIRE JOB SPEC. 

We have asked three questions at the end of the spec. 

PRETTY SILLY THAT WE HAVE TO DO THIS TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE READ THE JOB - BUT HEY, WHEN YOU LIVE IN THE WORLD OF SPRAY AND PRAY JOB APPLICATIONS, YOU HAVE TO GET RADICAL. Sorry for the caps!

ANSWER THE THREE QUESTIONS AT THE END. DO NOT SEND YOUR CV. WE WILL REQUEST CVS FROM THE BEST ANSWERS. STILL SHOUTING... Dammit!

Charity might just be broken. Make no mistake, without it we would have been lost - but at best it's providing symptomatic relief to our countries problems. Charities (what we call causes) are being hammered. They're completely reliant on donor funding. They're fragmented - often doing amazing work independent of each other. They're under the wrong kind of pressure.

We need to improve on this concept of charity. We need to make the social sector work better than it is currently.

We think the gap…