About Us

Company Overview

Loving Thy Neighbour was started by Inequity Holdings as an attempt to address their social responsibility. The Non-Profit Company was registered during 2016 and we started assisting our Partners during the early part of 2017.

The focus of Loving Thy Neighbour is to bring the crucial elements of efficient service delivery to Charitable organisations. That being:

  • Business structures.
  • Online and digital communication skills.
  • Consumer understanding and empathy.
  • Personal and Organisational sustainability.
  • Websites, digital tools, Newsletters, Blogs, etc.
  • Planning, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Accountably and benchmarking.

Background

Over the last 20 years traditional church attendance patterns have changed. Church attendance across all denominations have seen a sustained decline. More concerning is that involvement in church and other charitable projects are also declining.

Looking at worldwide church attendance statistics as a percentage of society gives a better understand of the trends.

Poland 54%
Malta 52%
Ireland 46%
United States 39%
Slovakia 33%
Italy 31%
Portugal 29%
Greece 27%
Cyprus 25%
Spain 21%
Canada 20%
Slovenia 18%
Austria 18%
Lithuania 14%
United Kingdom 12%
France 12%
Hungary 12%
Czech Republic 11%
Belgium 7%
Latvia 7%
Sweden 5%
Finland 5%
Estonia 4%
Norway 3%
Denmark 3%

The debate of why people all around the world are less driven to attend church is for the different religious fraternities unpack. Very concerning to us is the individual charitable projects who are suffering from serious funding and support realities.

How do we change that ?

Any person can only reasonably be expected to feel compelled to support a charity or a charitable project if they have enough information about it.

With mainstream media only focusing on events that is considered newsworthy, most day-to-day challenges remain unknown to the greater public.

Above-the-line awareness is completely out of reach for most charities, because they simply cannot afford it. Leaving Social Media as the only strategy to get their message out.

With this comes the challenge that the Social Media space is such a rapidly changing environment that requires constant training to stay in touch with the latest trends and tools. Even though this training is easily available in the market, again it is unattainable because of the cost of these courses.

In many cases by only giving them money, only solves the problem in the short term. Our aim is to rather focusing on improving their ability to help themselves, in doing so we hope to create better sustainability, as they continuously have access to knowledge, skills training, and support.

The charitable space in South Africa

The main categories that charities in South Africa focus on are the following:

Animals
Counselling
Education
Entrepreneurship
Food
Housing
LGBTI
Poverty Alleviation
Sport
Training
Children and Youth
Crime
Elderly
Environment
Health
Human Rights
Literacy
Refugee Assistance
Substance Abuse
Welfare
Community
Disability
Employment
Faith
HIV/AIDS
Income Generation
NPO Support
Safety
Tourism
Women

But asking the average person in the street to name five charities that focus on for example the elderly, they will be hard pressed to do so. What happens is that only a small percentage of charities become household names, and only the big names get the bulk of the charitable donations, leaving the clear majority to struggle with significant funding challenges.

What are the numbers

Charities can be divided into three main groups:

  • Independent and self-funded (general public)
  • Independent with associate funding (church, government, organisation, etc.)
  • Dependent (As part of a Church listed as a project or a ministry)

With many charities not officially registered as a Non-Profit Company, it is hard to know exactly how many charities are in the country.

But the latest available report by the Department of Social Development published on March 2015 lists the number of registered organisations as 136,453. We conservatively estimate the number of charities to be in excess of 160,000.

The national split of registered charities are as follows:

Gauteng 32.2%
KwaZulu Natal 19.2%
Limpopo 10.4%
Western Cape 10.2%
Eastern Cape 8.6%
Mpumalanga 6.7%
North West 5.6%
Free State 5.0%
Northern Cape 2.1%

The registration by sector is as follows:

Social Services 54 392 39.9%
Development and Housing 25 534 20.9%
Religion 16 703 12.2%
Health 11 966 8.8%
Education and Research 9 607 7.0%
Culture and Recreation 8 059 5.9%
Law, Advocacy, and Politics 3 090 2.3%
Environment 1 577 1.2%
Philanthropic Intermediaries and Voluntarism 1 303 1.0%
Business and Professional Associations 1 137 0.8%
International 85 0.1%

Schools and Universities

According to the Department of Basic Education there are 25,574 schools and 26 Universities in South Africa. Even though many of them are registered as a NPC very little is known of their charitable funding needs outside of the normal operational funding shortages they have.

With most schools in urgent need of maintenance and upgrades, the reality is that they simply cannot afford the associated costs and their running expenses.

Let’s look at the United States

During 2015 around 70% of American consumers shopped online at least once a month, and 83% if you include the ad-hoc shoppers. Collectively they spent $336 Billion dollars on online shopping.

During 2014 Americans donated $358 Billion dollars. What is very revealing is how the donations were made up. The breakdown of the donations are as follows:

Individuals 72% $258.51 billion
Foundations 15% $53.97 billion
Bequests (Donations given by will) 8% $28.13 billion
Corporations 5% $17.77 billion

South Africa

Charities locally are disproportionally dependent on Corporate Donations. From a financial planning point of view exposes charities to significant sustainability risks as Corporates will review their beneficiaries from time to time. Secondly, they are not focusing on building a database of long term recurring support from individual donators.

Loving Thy Neighbour will focus all their energy on working with charities to achieve the following:

  1. Advise on how the fix the current structures as to provide for sustainable support
  2. Provide training and support on all necessary skill levels
  3. Provide a platform where they can load and distribute their activities
  4. Provide a call-center that will continuously assist with their financial and technical sustainability
  5. Give them access to the best possible collection solutions
  6. Provide for Website integration that facilities convenient consumer donations
  7. Provide for flexible solutions for the consumer who donates
  8. Assist with financial accountability reporting to all supporters of their charity

The Board of Loving Thy Neighbour

Dr. Gustav Gous

Our Patron

Born in Namibia, Gustav obtained his Doctorate (cum laude), in Ecumenical Studies & International Relations from the University of Pretoria, following his research in Geneva, Switzerland. He also has degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. An Abe Bailey Scholar, he lectured at the University of South Africa (4 years) and the University of Pretoria (4 years), and has published two academic books, and (2) psychology books.

Well known for his radio programs on Radio Pulpit and RSG.

Hano Jacobs

Managing Member

Jeremi de Bruin

Chairman & CEO

Nico Grobelaar

CFO

Derik Snyders

Head of Information Technology


This overview illustrates the importance of ensuring that society becomes more involved in the needs of their communities. And it starts with giving the NPC community as much training and support as possible. This will enable them to build a database of individuals that see the value of the work they do, and is consequently motivated to make their support continuous.