The unseen link between organisational health and impact for non-profits

Mergon Foundation's Ian Conolly addresses maintaining a healthy organisational culture while strategically growing non-profit organisations. He identifies three key practices for achieving this: People, Thinking and Governance Practices. When these align, organisations can thrive with effective teams, clear strategies, and governance. In support of this, we introduce a new online learning and capacity-building platform called FiftyFour, to guide non-profit leaders in building thriving organisations. Launching in 2024.

Three ways to pursue in-Christ leadership

In-Christ leadership is a transformative journey that benefits not only you as a leader but also those around you. In this guest blog post, Johan Beukes, leadership coach and Mergon Foundation board member, unpacks the basis of in-Christ leadership and gives Christian leaders a new perspective on the life-giving, holistic and integrated nature of this as an alternative approach. Johan also suggests three practical ways that you can embrace in-Christ leadership within your organisation.

Strength in resilience: African women entrepreneurs

In this overview article of the podcast, Sylvia shares her personal perspectives with Ziwani’s Keri-Leigh Paschal on the challenges, including underlying bias that women face in Africa’s workplace, shaped by a complex interplay of culture and worldviews. The key to addressing this bias, she believes, is open dialogue and conversation, asserting that ‘change does not originate from policy or the systemic level, but rather from you and me, and the individuals we interact with daily.’ Read her thought-provoking insights here.

Biblical training fosters healthy African churches

Africa is home to nearly 685 million Christians, with 760 million expected by 2025 – making it the continent with the most Christians in the world. The reality is, however, that roughly 90% of all church leaders across the continent have no formal training. The need for true gospel-based training, resources and access to discipleship could not be more vital for Africa’s future. To this end, the Mergon Foundation partners with a number of ministries who work into the theological training space to ensure that we will see an Africa trained and ready to reach the nations.

Cultivating the wisdom of perspective

In this article, Mergon’s Ian Conolly likens the art of good leadership to the skilful navigation of a dense forest. ‘This is where life and the constant rhythm of work happens,’ he writes. 'However, progress can be difficult to measure. There is no easy view of how far you’ve come or where you will end.’ So how do we keep a daily perspective in the thicket of leading and growing our organisations? Ian offers three practical ways to nurture our perspective intelligence and cut through the complexities of leading an organisation to keep the mission front and centre.

Partnering for success and significance

In this episode of Our Mergon Journey podcast, Mergon CEO Pieter Faure, COO Gauché Radley, and director Almero Strauss delve into the details of our investment approach by taking us through the hallways of Mergon’s history to the pivotal year of 2008, when founder Francois van Niekerk handed over the leadership reigns to Pieter Faure. Inspired to nurture their entrepreneurial drive, the young team initiated the groundwork for partnerships and measurable impact through early-stage investments in South Africa and beyond.