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UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative is an indigenous activist fund which provides flexible, accessible resources to support civil society activism around issues of sexuality, health and human rights in the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi) with a specific focus on the rights of sexual minorities. UHAI EASHRI aims to build a strong, diverse and organised movement for change through grant making, capacity support and convening.
TrustAfrica seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. TrustAfricacurrently focus on three critical areas namely; securing the conditions for democracy, fostering African enterprise and achieving broadly shared prosperity and cultivating African resources for democracy and development.TrustAfrica works principally through collaboration and partnership with like-minded institutions and donors. As a catalyst and convener, TrustAfrica is committed to generating and testing new ideas. The organization also strives to practice good governance and promote it among its grantees.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a pan-African and feminist Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. Using a rapid response grant making (RRG) model, the Fund supports unanticipated, time-sensitive, innovative, and bold initiatives. These enable African feminists and women’s rights organisations to seize windows of opportunity, fracture patriarchy, amplify their voices, enhance their visibility, and become significant actors who can influence policy and law while shaping discourse. This way, UAF-Africa fills a unique grant making niche within the African feminist movement, providing stepping stones to activists as they use their agency and resilience to achieve social, economic, political and environmental justice.
Established in 2001, the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grantmaking foundation that supports local, national and Africa regional women’s organisations working towards the promotion and realisation of women’s rights and recognition of African women’s leadership in all spheres of life. Through specialising in grant making and focused, tailored movement-building programmes, AWDF works to strengthen and support the work of African women’s organisations. By amplifying and celebrating African women’s voices and achievements, AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote women as active agents of change.
Established in 2003, the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), formerly East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), is a membership association that brings together trusts and foundations in the East Africa region with the aim of promoting organised philanthropy. EAPN seeks to provide a platform for promoting indigenous philanthropy, strengthening the credibility of grantmaking institutions, and act as an intermediary between the civil society sector, government and private sector.
Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). FCS was registered as a legal entity in September 2002 and started its operations in January 2003. FCS is currently one of the biggest and main sources of funding for Tanzanian CSOs.The idea to establish the Foundation was born out of a confluence of purpose between some leaders of the civil society movement and a group of Development Partners in 2002. This was motivated by amongst others a need to enhance CSOs engagement in national poverty reduction programs, increase ‘development aid’ harmonization, as well as to streamline DP’s support to CSOs. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government efforts.
The EFC is the platform for and champion of institutional philanthropy – with a focus on Europe, but also with an eye to the global philanthropic landscape.With the aim of being the voice of institutional philanthropy in Europe, EFC communicates to stakeholders the value of organised philanthropy to society, to help nurture an environment in which it can flourish. The EFC serves as a hub of sector exchange and intelligence, to help its members increase the impact of their added value in society.The EFC gives its members access to a wealth of knowledge on the sector and to long-term relationships with philanthropic peers and external actors. Building on relationships and dialogue with policymakers which span several years, EFC helps its members engage with high-level decision-makers. EFC also partners with a range of actors and catalyse joint projects which tackle many of today’s greatest challenges.
The GFCF is a Johannesburg-based grassroots grantmaker working to promote durable, people-led development approaches around the world by supporting the development of community philanthropy as a critical part of local civil society architecture. It works with individual community philanthropy organizations that are harnessing local assets, strengthening community capacities through the use of small grants, and building social capital, with a particular focus on the global south and the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. The GFCF uses small grants, data collection, convenings and research (both at the very local and the policy level) to both advance and ground its work.
KCDF is a Kenyan development grant-making organization, founded and registered in 1997 as a public foundation, that supports communities to initiate and drive their development agenda by harnessing and growing their resources as well as securing their basic rights and services from duty bearers.KCDF works with poor, marginalised and disadvantaged communities as its primary target group and looks to provide them support in uplifting themselves from their situation through their own efforts. A secondary target group involves organised communities who are focused in looking to uplift themselves in a sustainable manner through asset building.KCDF thus invests significant resources to build, strengthen and sustain the core capacities of these communities by developing thoughtful, long-term collaborations with other actors such as governments, non–profit organisations, the business sector and individuals to achieve social justice.
The Philanthropy Leadership Network (PLN) is a unique, dynamic partnership that harnesses the collective capacity of a network of independent development trusts and community grantmakers. The Forum was launched in 2005 to advance, build and strengthen sustainable community-based development in Southern Africa. With a growing pool of grantmaker leaders, the PLN is a leadership and peer learning network committed to social justice grantmaking as a powerful vehicle for change.
The Southern Africa Trust was established in 2005 to support civil society organisations in southern Africa to participate effectively and with credibility in policy dialogue so that the voices of the poor can have a better impact in the development of public policies. The Trust mandate is to work on a non-profit basis, to undertake activities that contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality and shall include activities related to public policy, official poverty reduction processes, human rights, stakeholder engagement, human and economic development, research, training, and capacity building. In delivering its mandate, the Trust will endeavour to strengthen the voice of poor people in public policy processes, to reduce poverty and inequality in Southern Africa in ways that promote regional linkages and a regional agenda.
The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund strives to change the way society treats its children and youth. This long-term vision captures the central role society plays in shaping children’s lives. Its mission is to give voice and dignity to the African child by building a rights-based movement. Driven by his love for children and a desire to end their suffering, former President Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (the Fund) by donating a third of his salary throughout his term in office to the formation of the Fund.
The Community Development Foundation Western Cape is a non- government volunteer-driven, charitable organisation that aims to strengthen its geographically defined community – the Western Cape – by facilitating philanthropy. Its unique approach is to partner with donors through designated funds or defined-interest funds to build permanent endowments which are used to support community projects.
Tanzania Community Foundation Network is a non-for-profit Trust, which acts as a supreme body over the operations of Morogoro Municipal Community Foundation (MMCF), Mwanza City Community Foundation (MCCF), Arusha Municipal Community Foundation (AMCF) and Kinondoni Community Foundation (KCF). The Trust’s mission is to improve livelihood of communities in Tanzania by facilitating community based self-help initiatives through demand driven technical and financial back-ups and upholding philanthropic values.
IPASA is a locally established, voluntary association of independent philanthropists, private
foundations and other organisations associated with philanthropy in South Africa. The concept of
independence relates to independence from government and the corporate sector in terms of
governance. IPASA believes that committed and knowledgeable philanthropists can make a
meaningful impact and facilitate change for the better in South Africa. By associating as IPASA,
philanthropists and philanthropic foundations contribute to a learning agenda, enabling thought
leadership amongst members, who come from diverse backgrounds and practice. This facilitates
collaboration and builds a culture of giving amongst South Africans. The power of IPASA lies in its
ability to bring organisations and communities together that would not otherwise connect.
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ZGF supports civil society organisations by providing grants and capacity development support, promotes local philanthropy, convenes learning and sharing platforms, thereby strengthening communities’ ability to speak up for themselves and become active in shaping their own development.