CMDS values and ethical culture
Our vision: Active, healthy and effective civil society structures that are well-resourced, efficient, ethical and sustainable.
Our mission: The mission of CMDS is to capacitate and support civil society structures in the development of financial and other management systems and controls that provide greater transparency and accountability. In this way we seek to assist organisations in the non-profit sector to improve their financial health and sustainability as we believe that such systems and controls lead to the generation of additional resources and to the improved management of resources.
Our value base: From a basis of faith, we believe that all people are created to love and work together for the common good; protecting and nurturing the earth, its resources and all its inhabitants. We have a strong commitment to integrity and service. We have a passion for people, development and making a real difference.
Who are we
The CMDS team is led by Chartered Accountants and includes accountants, bookkeepers and support staff. We are also linked with a network of professionals in other disciplines who work in the non-profit sector.
We have served the non profit sector for over 20 years, helping organisations to build financial health and sustainability so that their resources can be used more effectively in making a real difference.
We have extensive experience in facilitating training specifically tailored to the needs of non profits and we have collective skills in reporting to management, funders and other stakeholders.
Our values are faith-based with a strong commitment to integrity and service.
CMDS is a registered practice with SAICA and, as such, acts as accounting officer for organisations that choose not to have an independent audit.
Cathy Masters is a registered tax practitioner.
After qualifying as a CA in 1998 at Deloitte Durban, Brenda worked in London as an internal auditor for the Peabody Trust, a social housing organisation, igniting her passion for developing financial management skills in the non-profit sector. After gaining experience as a consultant on organisational risk management processes and managing internal audit teams at Deloitte Cape Town, Brenda joined Habitat for Humanity SA as national finance manager. In 2010, Brenda joined CMDS as a consultant and has since served a variety of small to large non-profit organisations and funding agencies. She has also contributed to several organisations as a volunteer board member over the last sixteen years. Brenda joined Cathy Masters and Paul Tyler as equal partners in the business on 1 September 2017.
Cathy is a qualified CA and the founder of CMDS - a specialised financial management consultancy for non-profit organisations. Cathy has worked exclusively with nonprofit organisations since 1987. Cathy has worked with a diverse range of organisations ranging from small CBOs to international funding agencies. She understands all the financial, tax and legal issues facing the sector. She is also passionate about sharing the knowledge that comes from this long experience, and is an experienced trainer.
Paul joined CMDS in 1997 after working for Christian Aid, a major relief and development agency in the UK. As Finance and Human Resources Director, Paul had overall responsibility for reporting on, and accounting for, an annual income of some R400 million. During his years at CMDS, Paul has enjoyed getting to grips with South African legislation and practice and has worked with a range of non profits (including funders) to help build their financial and organisational sustainability. Like Cathy, Paul enjoys opportunities to train and currently lectures for Gordon Institute of Business Science on the Social Entreprenurship Certificate Programme and for the University of Stellenbosch Business School's NPO Management Programme.
Zoe de Freitas
You will find our clients working in deep rural areas, in boisterous townships, across our continent and in centres of power all over the world. They are challenging injustice, inequality and unfairness; they are bringing peace, hope and reconciliation; they are walking alongside agents of change, people of vision, broken spirits with great potential.
Over many years, we have also built up a network of other professionals working in the non-profit sector who bring complementary skills in other disciplines (law, marketing, monitoring and evaluation, organisational development, auditing, fundraising, IT, human resources, copywriting and editing etc.). Where necessary, we can partner with one or more of these professionals to enhance the scope of our work or we can refer you on, if this would be helpful.
- Rapporteur - L B Associates - Laureen Bertin - laureen@Lbassociates.co.za
- Solace Consulting - Greg Cronje - www.solaceconsulting.co.za
- RSM Betty & Dickson - Andrew Galloway - https://www.rsm.global/southafrica/
- Douglas & Velcich - Ebie Seedat 011 053 8871
- Third Sector Insights - Malcolm Boyd - 021 913 0794
- NGOLAW - Nicole Copley - http://www.ngolawsa.co.za/
- Ricardo Wyngaard Attorneys - Ricardo Wyngaard - http://nonprofitlawyer.co.za
Public Relations/ Brand Management
- Life Brand - Warren Lodge - www.LIFEbrand.co.za
- JHP - Jenny Handley - 021 686 0287
- On Course Communications - Cathy Williams - 021 782 0877