Non-Profit Organizations in South Africa

Map of South Africa

A non-profit organization is a group that has been created for purposes other than making a profit. None of the organizations income is distributed to its members, directors or officers. It will have been incorporated for one or more objects, either public benefit or one relating to cultural or social activities, communal or group interests. Here we will be looking at non-profit organizations in South Africa that are sports related.

SAYDO – South African Youth Development Organization

SAYDO is an international South African organization that was created in order to empower the youth of South Africa for a better life. It does this by assisting and providing a powerful arena to develop their skills and knowledge in a number of different areas. One of which is sports. Other areas include education, health, environment and the arts. Its mission is also to ensure that they are able to use their skills in redressing issues that affect them physically and mentally.

Sport Implementation Foundation

SIF (Sport Implementation Foundation) was created to educate, empower and uplift local communities, sports clubs and individuals and to help them live their passions through sport, recreational activities. It was also created to change peoples mindsets by providing holistic educational support. Through sport, games and recreational activities the Foundation hopes to create platforms and opportunities that help people develop confidence and a positive self-esteem.

Growing Sports Foundation Trust

The GSFT is a non-profit, multi-cultural educational and sport organization, promoting the social, psychological and physical development of children. It also aims to teach them important life skills through the playing of sport. There are a network of centers, first established in 2008, that are located in disadvantaged areas or in outlying development towns throughout South Africa. So far it has helped thousands of children from all walks of life to learn a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. It provides a protective environment where children can spend time supervised by trained staff. And it also helps those with a particular talent develop their full potential to become world-class sportsmen or women. Representing South Africa in international competitions.

The Amy Foundation

Originally known as The Amy Biehl Foundation Trust, this non-profit organization was established in Cape Town, South Africa by Linda and Peter Bielh. It was created to commemorate their daughter, Amy Biehl, a white American anti-apartheid activist who was killed by a black mob during racial violence in 1993. Today, there are two organizations. The Amy Biehl Foundation USA and The Amy Foundation which is still based in Cape Town. The foundations mission statement is “to weave a barrier against violence” and “to prevent youth violence through a holistic approach to community development in socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in and around Cape Town”. It does this by empowering youths of the townships , mainly via after-school programs, to take part in activities like music, dance, drama, sports and crafts.

SAAS – South African Athletics Statisticians

This is a voluntary non-profit organization founded in 1952, to promote the maintenance of sound athletics statistics in South Africa. Every year it produces the South African Athletics Annual, in which primarily South African athletics statistics are published. It also includes international athletics results. It is currently in its 64th edition and respected athletics writer Wesley Botton edits the publication. This publication is an internationally recognized and respected publication that many consider to be indispensable for anyone wanting to keep up with the most important developments in South African Athletics.

SARLA – South African Rugby Legends Association

This is a non-profit organization operating in South Africa that’s composed of former Provincial and Springbok rugby union players. It provides a way for retired professional rugby players to work with the development of rugby in previously disadvantaged areas. It aims to raise money in aid of charitable causes and provide sports coaching and life skills training to disadvantaged youngsters.

Play Soccer

Play Soccer Nonprofit International (PSNI) along with a network of affiliated organizations supports the health, physical and socioeconomic development of children and youth using the world’s most popular sport, soccer/football. It aims to develop players who love the game, have the knowledge and life skills to help them lead healthy productive lives and serve to enable positive changes in their communities.