Fundraising and Business Development Internship At Environmental NGO, Cape Town

help develop and maintain lasting donor relationships to ensure continuation of the programs and projects

Are you interested in strategic development and keen for an internship abroad? We have an exciting Business Development and Fundraising Internship for you with Greenpop.

This dynamic environmental organisation in Cape Town runs tree planting and eco-education projects in Southern Africa.  They also activate large groups people to get involved in their green mission and to (re)connect them with our planet. Their funding comes in through a range of different channels and they can always do with extra help. This fundraising and Business Development internship offers you a variety of tasks and valuable organizational insights. You do market research, assist with fundraising proposals, and get involved with the overall strategy of the organisation. As part of a high-energy team, you’ll help developing and maintaining long lasting donor relationships that ensure Greenpop’s programs and projects.

QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Business development, fundraising, strategy, non-profit management
8-26 Weeks
Remote: USD 475 – In-person: Varies with accommodation type
ORGANISATION

Greenpop is a nonprofit organization that runs urban greening, reforestation, and eco-education projects. Based from Cape Town, South Africa, Greenpop plants trees and creates gardens at schools in underprivileged areas and works to regenerate indigenous forests throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. And as part of their mission to encourage a treevolution, the organization has a strong focus on activating people – both Africans and people from around the world – to participate in their projects.

Greenpop is motivated by the vision of a world in which people and nature thrive together. Since they kickstarted their programs in 2010, the team has planted over 190,000 trees and activated over 300,000 citizens to get active in protecting their environment.

Their programs:

  1. Urban greening: concentrate on planting fynbos gardens and trees in urban spaces and run school-based eco-education workshops in marginalized communities. It also aims to create biodiversity corridors across Cape Town.
  2. Forest restoration: plants trees, clears alien vegetation, and works with communities to protect indigenous forests, restore degraded forest areas, and increase biodiversity.
  3. Sustainable development and environmental art projects on an ad hoc basis: these give communities tools to improve their lives while effectively managing their natural resources and create public art and music which brings awareness to local environmental issues.
  4. Events: experiential and educational events. Think of interactive educational workshops on a variety of environmental, entrepreneurial and leadership topics for school groups, corporate teams and the general public. They aim to equip people with the skills they need to get active (not anxious) about the future of our planet.
TASKS & REQUIREMENTS

Greenpop is a self-funded organization. Their funding comes in through a range of different channels; corporate sponsorship, individual tree sponsorship, participants at their reforestation festivals, the facilitation of plant days as team building exercises, fundraising events, online fundraising campaigns, and grants. During this Fundraising and Business Development Internship, you will assist Greenpop’s Fundraising Manager and/or Managing Director and CEO. Depending on your interests and skills and the needs of the organization at the time of your internship, you will be involved in a variety of tasks.

What you’ll do
  • Market research: research for new fundraising opportunities/partnerships/corporate social responsibility, assist with the preparation and submission of grants, awards, and proposals
  • Assist MD and CEO with management tasks 
  • Direct marketing and outreach
  • Creation of brochures and proposals
  • Managing marketing databases
  • Digital fundraising: assist with development and running of online fundraising campaigns, update information on digital fundraising platforms
  • Donor communications: f.e. donor newsletter, call-to-action alerts, and event feedback reports.
  • All interns also provide office support, assist with tree planting projects and at the Eco Education Hub.
Requirements
  • Strong written and spoken English
  • Skilled in Excel, data management, and research.
  • Some experience in fundraising, business development or marketing would be nice to have.
  • An interest in trees, reforestation, and sustainability
  • Bring your own laptop
WHERE YOU’LL STAY

Your accommodation is included in the internship fee, and we’ll arrange it all for you! We’re excited to offer a variety of options, ranging from dorm rooms to twin and single rooms. The options available depend on your internship period, but we’ll always make sure you’re in a comfortable, central, and safe place. Check this page for possible accommodation options in Cape Town.

DATES & RATES

You can start your internship with Greenpop every first and third Tuesday of the month. Please keep in mind Greenpop is closed for two weeks of summer holiday at the end of the year.

What you’ll pay (2022 rates)

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At Roots, we do everything we can to make your internship experience smooth and hassle-free. We offer an all-inclusive service, which means we will help you find the right internship (we believe we are great matchmakers!), help you with visa arrangements, book accommodation for you in Cape Town, give you all the pre-departure information you need before arriving, pick you up from the airport and check in with you while on your work placement to ensure you feel supported.
What you are paying for:
  • Accommodation based on a dorm room in shared apartment within walking distance of the office
  • Free WiFi
  • Transfer from Cape Town International airport to your accommodation and back on arrival and departure day
  • Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
  • Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
  • Supervision during your internship
  • Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
  • Your own account on a career development platform that offers content and courses focused on exploring different career opportunities
  • On the ground support during your stay
  • A discount on weekend activities, exclusive to Roots interns
Excludes:
  • Flights to Cape Town
  • Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
  • Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
  • Costs for additional excursions or activities

Optional extra:

Personal Development Sessions
To help you optimise your personal and professional development during your internship, we offer individual monthly sessions with a professional consultant. These 1,5-hour sessions offer opportunities to set goals, reflect on your experience, and ensure your internship will benefit your career as much as possible.
Monthly fee: USD 65
Workshop: Exploring the Nonprofit Landscape
To give you a full understanding of the nonprofit sector in Africa, we offer one-off individual online workshops by a South African digital marketing and fundraising specialist. You’ll learn about the needs of the nonprofit sector, best practices in nonprofit management, and sustainability of fundraising initiatives. You’ll also be given a large amount of useful resources.
Workshop fee: USD 65
QUICK FACTS
Cape Town, South Africa
Environmental NGO
Business development, fundraising, strategy, nonprofit management
8-26 Weeks
Remote: USD 475 – In-person: Varies with accommodation type
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

I raised money for Greenpop which they can use to finance their amazing projects. It makes me proud to see that people donated money because of my campaign. Secondly, I could really see and feel my impact during the Festival of Action. It is one thing if you approach people to donate for tree planting projects but it is another thing to plant a tree yourself! This was a powerful experience which made me realize my impact on the earth in that specific moment.

Harold, FranceBusiness Development and Fundraising Internship, Cape Town
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INTERNSHIP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Gain practical experience in fundraising, grant applications, communication, and reporting
  • Contribute to a charity on a mission to plant trees, green communities and empower environmental stewards across Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Help develop and maintain long lasting donor relationships that ensure this organization’s programs and projects
  • Live and work in Cape Town, arguably one of the most stunning cities in the world.
  • Enjoy exploring South Africa’s many highlights during your time off
In-person: Varies with accommodation type

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APPLYING
How to apply?

If you’re ready to apply for this internship, here’s what to do:

  1. Fill in the application form (it will show in a new screen) and send your CV to info@rootsinterns.com.
  2. We’ll set up a call with you to go through your application.
  3. If we feel it’s a good match, we’ll set up a call between you and the supervisor for this internship.
  4. If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
  5. Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.

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