Philanthropy publication raises profile of giving in South Africa

The first Annual Review of South African Philanthropy was launched at this year’s Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa’s (IPASA) Symposium on Social Cohesion on October 28 & 29th, 2019. The book is published by IPASA under the guidance of an Editorial Board, with Shelagh Gastrow as the Chief Editor. The publication was made possible by the support of the Ball Family Foundation and has funding for three years.

Philanthropy publication raises profile of giving in South Africa

At the launch Shelagh explained that the review is not an academic one, but based on stories of what people have achieved through philanthropy. The aim of the review is to raise the profile of philanthropy in the country, to provide a voice for philanthropy and to provide role models for people to participate in philanthropy.

Contributions consist of background contextual information on philanthropy, but also include book reviews and varied stories on different sectors of philanthropy and family foundations. When philanthropies are set up they are driven by passion, which is reflected in the variety of interests which the publications covers: environment, education, health and the arts.


Photo: From left to right, Sarah Rennie, Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo, Shelagh Gastrow
While the book is not based on any new research, it does cite existing research on philanthropy. One example sourced is Inyathelo’s work with the Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (Aspihe) which has been published over the past five years. Of 11 participating universities for 2017, R1.71 billion was received of which private philanthropy contributed R1.1billion (up from R435 million in 2013.)

In the publication, Sarah Rennie, the Chair of the IPASA Council writes that IPASA is built on the legacy of the network forged by the Private Philanthropy Circle (PPC) to provide support and advice on, and advocate for, philanthropy in South Africa. She explains that IPASA was run under the auspices of Inyathelo for 4 years until the natural next step was taken to create a more formal, permanent structure for the group, established in 2015 and today known as IPASA.

Inyathelo would like to congratulate IPASA on its endeavours and for the launch of this exciting publication on South African Philanthropy. It is a valuable resource to the philanthropy sector and our nation’s future growth.