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Ann Harding Cheshire Home

  • Describe in detail what your Organisation does:

A residential care facility for adults who have a physical disability.

  • How long has your Organisation been operational?

Since 1976

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

Raising funds for operational expenses. We are a service based organisation and as such we are very reliant on caregiver and nursing staff. We find that Corporates and organisations are reluctant to fund these costs.

  • Describe your Nonprofit Journey in three words:

Epic life changing

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

We are part of Cheshire Homes South Africa, which has 17 Cheshire Homes throughout the Country, and 3 in Gauteng. Although we all operate autonomously, we do collaborate from time to time with our sister homes in Soweto and Daveyton.

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

A sustainable source of funding to alleviate monthly stress related to paying the bills.

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

Fundraising – I think many NGO’s try to get their Board members or other staff to do this task, when in fact it should have a dedicated trained person doing it.

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

For somebody wanting to start a non-profit, I would advise they do a lot of research and if there are already non-profits operating in that sphere, I would advise pooling your resources and rather strengthening the organisations that already exist.

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

The perception that Non-profit organisations should be self sustainable – as much as this would be amazing, I think very few NGO’s have the capacity to do this.

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

I am proud to be working for a fantastic organisation who prides itself on the high standard of care and the fact that our Residents are happy and healthy.

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

Happy relaxed home

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