Since its inception, The Mass Media Project has received funding from a wide variety of sources, both domestic and international. We are most grateful to all of them. They have contributed in a variety of ways, enabling us to carry out our work successfully and effectively.
We strive to be good partners to our funders – delivering on what we have committed, adding value to our funders, and reporting back to them in a professional manner. We appreciate that funders are increasingly willing to entrust funding to us for long-term
programmes extending beyond one year. This enables us to plan effectively and to schedule resources in a timeous fashion.
Our major funders have included:
- Lombard Insurance (Pty) Ltd
- First National Bank – 8 Weeks, 8 Values, 1 National Conversation
- John Templeton Foundation – My Money, My Values
- The National Lottery Commission – What’s your Story?
- Nedbank Foundation – Values & Money
- Nedbank Limited – Values & Money
- The Raith Foundation – Bridge Leadership
- The Oak Foundation – Fatherhood project
- Templeton Religion Trust – What’s Your Story?
Our film, Nothing for Mahala, was successfully funded through the support of the following partners:
- The Department of Trade and Industry
- The National Film and Video Foundation
- The Industrial Development Corporation
- We thank our co- producers, Quizzical Pictures, for the cost and financial accounting
services which they provided.
Our latest film, Beyond the River, has been produced through the support of the following partners:
The principal sponsor of the film is the National Lotteries Commission, with additional sponsors Discovery, Vodacom and ADreach. Funding has also been received from the National Film and Video Foundation, the KZN Film Commission and the DTI Film Rebate programme.
We thank all our funding partners for their financial support and for their genuine interest in the work that we do.
Key supporters and partnersTransforming a society requires key partnerships. Over the years, Heartlines has built up an extensive network of key supporters and partnerships, they include:
Wherever we’ve rolled out our projects throughout South Africa – and beyond our borders – we continue to be inspired and humbled by people who either pave the way to welcome and connect us to their communities, or go beyond the call of duty to help us set up our projects. Our community champions spread the Heartlines message far and wide and remind us of our greater calling to change the lives of South Africans for better and stronger communities.
Featured Community Champion
After meeting the Heartlines What’s Your Story? church mobilisation team at a conference held in Pretoria in 2019, Bishop Peter Sekhonyane says it became evident to him that he knew little about the people he ministered to at his church in the township of Orange Farm, Johannesburg. He immediately took 35 resources to his community and ran a What’s Your Story? programme with 55 children and 33 young adults who attended his church.
“Children are innocent and tell you a lot about their lives. I found out that some were being raised by their grandparents or in single-parent homes. We have a big issue of father absence in our society,” he says. Bishop Sekhonyane said for the first time he could see clearly what the challenges were that members in his congregation were going through, through the eyes of their children. “For young adults, the experience of story-sharing was very emotional as they opened up for the first time about the issues they were facing and I had to provide them with counselling afterwards,” he says.
He is now at the planning phase of rolling out the What’s Your Story? programme at his church with adults. “As ministers we can no longer be satisfied with the number of how many people attend our churches, we need to dig deeper and find out who they are, where they come from and know their story.”
Bishop Sekhonyane says this is what churches should be doing across South Africa as a unique way to minister to their communities.
Thank you to our community champion!