The GreaterGood SA Trust is one of 20 applicants hand-picked from across the globe to participate in the 2007 Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) programme at Santa Clara University next month, which aims to help participants harness technology more effectively.
GreaterGood SA facilitates innovative engagement and effective, responsible giving, by providing the public, non-profit organisations and corporate South Africa with easy access to social investment opportunities through its unique websites, national call-to-action campaigns, and specialised social investment services.
Facilitated by Santa Clara’s Centre for Science, Technology & Society and the Leavey School of Business Administration, the intensive two-week GSBI programme is for invited social benefit entrepreneurs who participate in the programme have proven ability in applying technology to address social needs.
The GSBI combines classroom instruction, case studies, and best practices with mentor-supported work. Participants develop skills in critical areas of business planning, including technology and service innovation, target marketing, business models, finance and organisational capacity building.
Carol Tappenden, MD of GreaterGood SA, says she is delighted that GreaterGood has been afforded the opportunity to participate in the programme.
“Through our pioneering social benefit initiatives such as the South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX), GreaterGood has shown its ability to utilise technology to effectively address the gulf between rich and poor which negatively affects all South Africans on a daily basis.
"Participating in the GSBI will provide GreaterGood with an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, experience and best practices with other social entrepreneurs from around the world.”