ORKING IN THE PHILANTHROPY SECTOR OVER THE YEARS, it was always evident to me that there was very little information available to government, the corporate sector, civil society, the media, academia and the public at large aboutthe state of philanthropy in South Africa. This has resulted in misunderstandings about the role of philanthropy and how it works, as well as expectations that philanthropic money can simply be diverted to fit with government policy or the needs of specific sectors. In addition, philanthropy has come under increasing scrutiny globally around issues of accountability and even possible abuse. Philanthropy and its practice continually evolve in the fast-changing, complex world in which we live.