Founder and Director
Papillon founder, Jill Ritchie, has over three decades’ experience in fundraising and advising on all aspects of raising money. She is the author of 28 books, 21 on fundraising, has contributed to numerous online and print publications globally and is a qualified trainer in adult education, focusing on fundraising, non-profit management and social entrepreneurship.
Jill has raised over R2 billion for southern and South African non-profits and universities and was one of the first to successfully raise substantial funding from the UK Lottery for organisations outside of the UK. She has also assisted in/overseen several large successful grant applications to donors such as the former DFID, Comic Relief and numerous other UK-based donor entities. With offices in both South Africa and the UK, much of her time is spent advising on raising money from UK donors.
She has managed many successful large capital campaigns (mostly for university buildings). She continues to guide the Papillon team in Kick-starting of Corporate, Trust and Foreign Fundraising: Kickstarting the fundraising process – Papillon’s most popular service.
Jill has mentored/coached many of South Africa’s leading fundraisers and is passionate about transferring her skills and experience.
She chairs the UK Fund for Charities www.
Jill has been made a Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Fundraising and is also a member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Fundraising.
Social media and Training
Aside from managing the Papillon office, Yolandi Greyling, specialises in advising on the optimal use of social media to support fundraising for non-profits. She keeps abreast of the ever-evolving online world, particularly pertaining to harnessing its power to assist non-profits, faith-based entities, schools and universities needing to raise both friends and funds. Yolandi provides anything from an hour or two’s consulting or as much training as staff and volunteers require, to undertaking the ongoing management of organisations’ social media. She is particularly in demand to assist in planning a year’s social media calendar and, where appropriate, scheduling posts.
Papillon’s professional multimedia designer with over 13 years’ experience, Thina Bhebhe, combines his B. Tech (hons) in Creative Art and Design and Digital Brand Strategy qualification when creating websites. He specialises in the design and development of user-centric interfaces with a focus on usability, usefulness, and desirability. He rapidly masters the ever-evolving development tools. Thina uses his extensive knowledge of design and passion for fine art, to develop user-friendly and secure websites for the non-profit sector globally.
Shameemah Jahed is an asset to the Papillon team, being both a seasoned event and fundraising manager with over 25 years of corporate, business and non-profit experience. She has experience in high-profile local and international events, promotions, brand activations and sponsorship management. Shameemah has also spent many years fundraising locally and internationally and has had substantial success in donor management, building relationships and securing strategic partnerships networks with local and foreign philanthropist.
She has managed and worked on events such as The Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Town Big Walk, the Gydo Pass Motor Sport event many more. She also organised and managed the iconic Cape Town International Kite Festival for five years, raising many millions. She has also managed several campaigns for some of South Africa’s leading d organisations such as Islamic Relief SA, SANZAF, Cape Town Tourism, the City of Cape Town, Cape Town Routes Unlimited and Cape Mental Health.