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.

There has been a shift from simple charitable giving towards a more strategic approach to transforming the systems that underpin modern life and which many analysts view as contributing to many of the socio-economic challenges that we continue to face. In addition, although traditional forms of philanthropy persist, such as giving by high-networth individuals and private independent foundations, new forms of philanthropy have arisen, as may be seen in the growth of online giving platforms which enable many individuals to participate and support issues and activities about which they are passionate.


2019 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy