Ikhala Trust Grantee Conference 2014
Ikhala Trust hosts an Annual Grantee Conference at the end of each year to support learning, networking and recognition/ appreciation of grantees and networking partners. Ikhala Trust often responds to Organisational Development (OD) issues experienced by its partners and for this reason, conference focused on OD with the theme: ‘Working Smartly for Success’. The Conference took place at St Lukes Retreat Centre from 3 – 6 November 2014. 45 people attended representing 13 organisations.
The first day began with introductions and a brief input about the value of small grants in the sector. After an appreciative inquiry exercise, learning partners were divided into groups and asked to identify critical questions they were grappling with in their organisations. This helped to frame the agenda for the two days.
The morning session focused on what is an organisation, why we organise, types of organisations and the elements of a healthy organisation using a garden as an analogy. In the afternoon, the group looked at the life cycle of an organisation (organisational form). The following day focused on governance and organisational structure and introduced organisational culture which was further explored in the final session. The conference ended with words of thanks and a graduation/ celebration.