Tell me about the role you play at Inyathelo. Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, is a trust started 15 years ago whose mission is to help build a strong, stable civil society by contributing to the development of sustainable organisations and institutions. We have 17 staff and own the building that we operate from in Woodstock, Cape Town. As the third executive director, my role is to manage the organisation operationally, determine and implement the strategic direction with our board of trustees and be the face of the institute. Being an executive director in an NPO is like being a CEO - you need a range of skills and experience, not limited to the sector, but also the ability to bring in new perspectives, and balance an outward focus and an inward view to manage the business. What are some of the challenges that nonprofits face? Mostly funding, which is about attracting support. Companies also have to attract customers, but being profit-driven gives a differen...

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