Fundraising & Accountability
Project Rhino provides the general public and donor communities with an accountable funding channel that delivers donor funds directly to bona-fide and approved anti-poaching strategies in KZN. Managed by a small Secretariat team, funds for our priorities and projects are sourced from a network of donors that include individuals, private Trusts and Foundations, international donor bodies and brand-sharing agreement with major corporates. PR NGO partners also contribute to key projects that they are involved in.
The ACT Rhino Fund is the official NPO-registered, Section 18A, BBEE-registered account for donations to Project Rhino KZN. It is audited annually by CA firm Baker Tilley & Associates and is registered with the Department of Environmental Affairs. Project Rhino members meet every two months to review income & expenditure and collectively decide on which anti-poaching needs require further support.
Individual Letters of Acknowledgement, Section 18A Donation Certificates, annual project reports to donors, one-on-one meetings and public acknowledgement of donors via the PR Facebook pages are utilised to communicate with donors and thank them for their support.
Project Rhino has built a strong brand and reputation over the past 7 years for its ‘can-do’ attitude, accountability and collaborative approach to tackling a wildlife crisis that impacts on the entire conservation sector in KZN. We utilise social/online media to communicate with partners, supporters and the public and maintain good working relationships with journalists from traditional media to broadcast important and relevant updates on the work of the KZN rhino conservation sector. Through this we continually strive to grow public awareness and maintain interest in the rhino poaching crisis. We don’t shy away from contentious issues but always retain a balanced and objective approach
The African Conservation Trust is the nominated Secretariat for Project Rhino. A 2-person staff team manage the Secretariat (PR Coordinator & Administration Assistant). They are responsible for:
- Fundraising for all PR funding needs and maintaining donor relationships.
- Financial management of donor funds.
- Project management: oversight of all PR flagship projects, staffing, volunteer and budget management.
- Event coordination of major PR events and campaigns.
- Local Cooperation: maintaining good relationships between KZN’s provincial conservation agency, private and community-owned game reserves and leading conservation NGOs, and fulfilling strategic needs.
- National and International Cooperation: ongoing collaboration amongst key stakeholders that build strong networks and cooperation and channel further resources, support, technology and training opportunities;
- Public Awareness & Media: continually growing and maintaining public support for KZN’s joint efforts to protect and conserve the province’s critical rhino population.
Endorsements and Awards
|2012||Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) Rhino Conservation Award: Top 10 Best NGOs|
|2012||GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Best NGO Practitioner Runner-up – Sheelagh Antrobus (PRKZN Coordinator 2011-2016)|
|2013||Mail & Guardian Rhino Conservation Award: Best Rhino Conservation Entity in South Africa|
|2014||Mail & Guardian Rhino Conservation Runner-up Award: Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing|
|2014||GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Best Conservation Practitioner Award – Lawrence Munro (ZAP-Wing Coordinator & Ezemvelo Rhino Security Operations)|
|2014||GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: Education & Awareness Runner-up – Rhino Art Campaign|
|2016||GRAA Rhino Conservation Award:First place awarded to Sheelagh Antrobus in the Awareness, Education & Funding category|