We provide end-to-end fund management solutions to public benefit foundations, community trusts and empowerment vehicles established with the social intent of improving the lives of South Africans. This includes governance, secretarial support, risk management, financial management, social investment strategy, project identification, project due diligence, stakeholder management, strategy implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
The most effective social investment takes place when it is guided by a well researched and focused strategy.Tshikululu designs social investment strategies – both for grantmakers and impact investors – in several sectors, including education, health, livelihoods, the environment, creative arts and community strengthening and care. Every strategy is customised to meet our clients’ social investment goals and grounded in sound research and expertise.
Understanding the actual impact of a social investment strategy is critical to success. Tshikululu provides comprehensive M&E and Impact Measurement and Management services to clients. This includes designing M&E frameworks, identifying the best quantitative and qualitative measurement approaches, and completing process, outcome and impact evaluations.
Community assessments and stakeholder engagement are critical when designing community-based social investment programmes. A “one size fits all” approach does not work, as communities differ vastly in terms of their needs, desires and social dynamics. Community assessments provide an opportunity to collect baseline data that can be used to lay the foundation for a sound strategy, and monitor changes/improvements during programme implementation. Tshikululu conducts community assessments consisting of primary and secondary research to help social investors understand how best to support the communities where they operate.
Identifying and vetting reputable organisations to fund, which have the requisite track record and experience, is a challenge for many social investors. Tshikululu assists clients who manage their own foundations/trusts internally by providing due diligence services to assess the governance, capacity and quality of potential partner organisations. In addition to deep experience about what makes a great social impact organisation, our governance team has extensive experience in conducting in-depth governance and financial controls testing on organisations, which also provide clear improvement recommendations as appropriate.
Tshikululu provides a range of services to impact investors, who aim to generate both financial and social/environmental impact returns. These services include development of impact investing strategy, identifying and assessing high-impact social enterprises, providing Impact Measurement and Management support and conducting in-depth research on themes and impact areas that are key to strategy.
We have designed a streamlined solution to solve the challenges many corporates face when it comes to allocating skills development spend to external beneficiaries. This is informed by our experience in the higher education sector and our deep understanding of and hands-on experience in managing bursary programmes.
Tshikululu has extensive experience in managing infrastructure projects which aim to enhance the development of the communities they serve. From rural schools to clinics located in the remotest areas in South Africa, Tshikululu has the expertise to ensure that any infrastructure project is delivered without losing sight of the people who the project intends to benefit.
Social and Labour
Tshikululu works with mining companies to assist in designing and implementing the social component of their SLPs. This is related to the development of host communities. Our services include programme management and infrastructure project management, as well as reporting to stakeholders.
Social development and investment in communities is hard-wired into the Independent Power Producers (IPP) programme. Tshikululu has extensive experience in designing and implementing socioeconomic strategies for IPPs and community trusts.
Tshikululu provides fund management and advisory services to trusts which form part of ownership structures to ensure that the PBO mandate is executed and that the trusts are well-governed.
Tshikululu can conduct in-depth research on any issue relating to social investment and impact, to help social investors better understand the areas where they work.