Funder: South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
Biodiversity stewardship is an approach to securing land in biodiversity priority areas through entering into agreements with private and communal landowners. The purpose of this project was to identify a suitable business model for doing so. Pinpoint was commissioned to undertake a review of international and national funding grants; and current large-scale government-funded programmes to inform the development of an appropriate mechanism and model for funding biodiversity stewardship in South Africa.
Following the impact of Covid-19 on access to funding, and the growth in the organisation, members of the Beach Co-op's board took part in a Pinpoint facilitated workshop to review and refine the organisation's income generation strategy. This involved identifying core businesses activities that require funding, the identification of funders and income generation opportunities and development of a proactive approach to accessing funds. This included getting to know different funders better, and what is of value to them.
As a research associate at the Sustainability Institute, Nicola Jenkin worked with and supported AGOF to understand its sustainability impacts to improve internal operations and extended programme impacts. The project included the development of an environmental baseline to understand the impacts of key resources such as energy, water, transport, waste and procurement. Building on the baseline, a set of strategic interventions and ambitions were developed. The aim is to further develop the strategy with a focus on social dimensions.
Madron Farming is one of South Africa's largest growers of leafy vegetables. Pinpoint was contracted to develop Madron's corporate responsibility vision and ambitions. Through a staged process of collaboration these were refined, and a set of objectives identified against the themes of conservation, community and commercial. For each theme aims, areas of focus and actions were identified. This strategy has provided a base against which ambitions and activities are implemented and monitored.
The Long Run is a UK-based not-for-profit that brings together a global community of nature-based tourism enterprises committed to protecting biodiversity and improving the lives of people where they operate.
Pinpoint assisted The Long Run with the development of a focused strategy to seek and elicit financial support to enable the achievement of their ambitions of growth. This involved the development of a compelling generic proposal, and the identification of key funding organisations, initiatives and philanthropists that mirror their growth ambitions.
The Grootbos Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose vision is to conserve the Cape Floral Kingdom and uplift communities who live within it. They do this through sustainable livelihoods programmes, ecotourism and sports development, and education.
Pinpoint took the fundraising team through a series of workshops to align their vision and mission with a targeted local, national and global fundraising strategy. Outcomes included a targeted list of potential funders and donors, advice on getting to know their target audience and a focused approach for doing so. In addition, Pinpoint ran a proposal writing workshop with their broader project management team.
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