Red Cross
South Africa

The South African Red Cross Society

SARCS have volunteers and staff on the ground in all the Provinces to effectively and efficiently implement any project. They are capacitated to be able to identify and take the necessary protocols as well as steps to work with communities, relevant authorities such as the departments of education, social development, health and disaster department and structures.

Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here:

Website: http://redcross.org.za/
Our Mobile Application, to report Disasters, Make Donations and enquire about our service: sarcsapp.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SouthAfricanRedCross/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/5376822
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SARedCross
Instagram: @SARedcross

Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

The South African Red Cross Society – (SARCS) is an implementer of primary health, disaster management and community development programmes. Red Cross is the world leading volunteer-driven organization. SARCS is an organisation with in-depth structure, knowledge and expertise to implement sustainable programmes wherever human-beings exist.

SARCS is a member organization of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the largest volunteer driven organization on earth. The Red Cross Society has 100 million members and presence in 189 countries. In August 2007 SARCS was recognized by the South African Government as an Official Auxiliary to the Government in Humanitarian Aid. Humanitarian services in South Africa can be traced back to the late 1800’s. SARCS was established in 1921 and admitted into the IFRC in 1929. Today, SARCS is a member of the IFRC Governing Board that has three main components:

• The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
• The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
• 189-member Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

As partners, the ICRC, IFRC and National Societies support communities in becoming stronger and safer through a variety of development projects and humanitarian activities. The member bodies also work in cooperation with governments, donors and other aid organizations to assist vulnerable people around the world.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

from 1921

In your opinion, what has been the most challenging aspect of running your Organisation?

Funding and to gather volunteers. Most of our funders funds programs not marketing resources.

Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

Saving lives.

Do you collaborate with other Causes? If yes, would you like to mention them?

Yes, Department of Social Development, GOAL, and Land Rover.

If you had one Organisation wish, what would it be?

All organization collaborate to save lives.

In your opinion, which skills do Nonprofits in your Country lack?

Resources to train volunteers and marketing equipments.

Looking back at your Cause Journey, what advice would you give a newbie Organisation?

Your visibility must make noise to the world.

If you could change one thing about the Nonprofit Landscape, what would it be?

How fundings are requested.

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:

Training of our volunteers to save lives: http://redcross.org.za/2018/04/12/training-of-trainers/
and http://redcross.org.za/2017/08/17/our-woman-of-the-month/

Last question, if your friends had to describe your Organisation in three words, which would they use? 

Hope for Live

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