Avante has been operational since 2007 and has worked with a number of clients strengthening systems and providing grants management support. We are managing sabbatical grants for a Sabbatical for Non-profit Leaders Award Programme (LAP) funded by the FirstRand Foundation (FRF). This is a first of its kind pilot programme in South Africa intended to enhance the sustainability of NPOs through the provision of grants and capacity strengthening activities implemented before, during and after the sabbatical.

We completed a large PEPFAR funded OD capacity building and small grants management project supporting NPOs in Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga. We designed and presented a poster at the 2015 SA AIDS Conference and shared insights on lessons learnt. We also published a policy brief on key issues to consider when implementing small grants programmes.

We have an unparalleled record for successfully conducting OD capacity assessments as part of pre-award surveys or as self-assessments for introspection and needs assessments. It is our view that capacity assessments are a critical success factor for propelling any organization forward because of their ability to enable a better understanding of the control environment and the relationship between and among different variables. The real danger is that issues that facilitate or impede OD are hardly written: it’s the unwritten rules within an organization hence the quality of facilitation is just as important as the assessment tool.

We have assisted several clients and continue to assist others to strengthen their governance, enhance management systems, develop resource mobilization strategies, restructure their support systems to sub-grantees and implement appropriate risk management policies and procedures among other interventions.

We have an experienced and highly qualified team of OD Advisors that have assisted several development organizations such as NEPAD, DBSA, IUCN, Red Cross, World Vision, Volunteer Service Overseas, Africare, the Futures Group and ICCO to name a few. Our deep experience and expertise in OD capacity assessments and strengthening will be extremely valuable to the achievement of your objectives.