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Short Learning Programme
Corporate Social Investment
The growth of the corporate social responsibility sector in South Africa has necessitated skills programmes to empower NGOs who drive social investment projects on behalf of corporate funders.

Purpose of the course:

This course aims to equip individuals working within NGOs to manage their organisations on the principles of good business management so as to ensure sustainability. This includes the development of project proposals, sourcing of funding, managing funds according to a budget and reporting on impacts.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
• Senior certificate (grade 12) • At least two years practical experience within the NGO/ CSR sector
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Basic NGO project management skills

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
Empower individuals working within NGO's to operate like small businesses managed on sound business principles
  • Define corporate social investment (CSI)
  • Describe the impact of CSI on the global business landscape
  • Analyse the investment of large corporations in CSI projects in South Africa
  • Draw links between business strategy and CSI
  • Design a business strategy where CSI is included
  • Define what is meant by an organisation
  • Describe the components of what makes a great organisation
  • Practically implement the process of developing a great organisation
  • Draw up a mission statement for a great organisation
The learner/participant must be able to develop the capacity for sustainability of NGO’s as to ensure they will be able to sustain themselves and provide employment for individuals in local communities
  • Describe the rationale behind  funding of NGO’s
  • Conduct a financial needs analysis for their organisations based on short term, medium term and long term goals
  • Describe the sources of  funding available in the CSI space in SA
  • Compile a strategic plan to source funding from companies
  • Compile a project budget
  • Implement the four management functions
  • Implement driven leadership in the social investment space
The learner/ participant must be able to steer  NGO’s through the entire value chain of managing social projects through people management
  • Describe individual factors influencing decision making in organisations
  • Identify basic personality differentiation factors
  • Practically motivate team members
  • Communicate the concept of “Team roles”
  • Describe his/her specific role in the organisation
  • Describe his/her own conflict management style
  • Distinguish the basic conflict management styles
Equip individuals working within NGO’s to measure the impacts made through their organisations as to drive value adding projects
  • Communicate the importance of measuring social investment projects
  • Describe the balanced scorecard method of performance managemen
  • Implement the balanced scorecard in the CSI environment
  • Identify key performance indicators for a CSI project
  • Measure community and business returns of CSI projects
  • Calculate social return on investment (SROI)


Multiple formal and summative assessment
Method of assessment: 
Written assignment as part of every module of the course; presentation at the end of the course

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
Individuals working in NPO’s/ NGO’s/ PBO’s within organisations that drive social development projects on behalf of corporate funders.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821