Through its partners, the APSO Initiative provides a starting point for learning about the many organizations leveraging philanthropy to benefit African communities. Subscribe to their newsletters and connect on social media to learn more. 

The Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) emerged in 2000 from the South Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group that encouraged great foundation support to end apartheid and support civil society efforts to serve disenfranchised communities throughout the southern Africa region. AGAG convenes private funders, connects people and ideas, and curates information all geared to promoting robust, effective and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities.

2020 Anniversary Conference – May 2-14, 2020 – Johannesburg, South Africa
"Disrupting Silos, Connecting Conversations, Creating Impact: Part III - Evolution and Escalation”

In 2015 AGAG partnered with the Foundation Center to publish the first ever examination of U. S. Foundation Funding for Africa over the decade from 2002-2012. →


The Africa Philanthropy Network (APN), formerly known as the African Grantmakers Network, is a continent-wide network of African grantmaking organizations and other philanthropic actors. APN facilitates experience sharing and learning among established and emerging African philanthropic institutions. APN aims to consolidate the voice of African philanthropy to address social injustice and development issues on the continent. Currently, the Network promotes collaboration and connection among African philanthropists while bringing the voice and achievements of African philanthropy to the global development narrative.

In 2014 APN published Sizing the Field: New Narratives for African Philanthropy that offers a framework for understanding African philanthropy and provides information on organizations and individuals active in philanthropy across the continent. →


 The East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN) (formerly the East Africa Association of Grantmakers) was established in 2003 and brings together trusts and grantmaking foundations in the East Africa region with the aim of promoting organized philanthropy. EAAG seeks to provide a platform for promoting indigenous philanthropy, strengthen the credibility of grantmaking institutions, and act as an intermediary between civil society, govercnment, and the private sector.

2019 Conference - September 25-26, 2019, Arusha, Tanzania
”Opportunities in Emerging Trends and Practices”

In 2012 EAAG published the East Africa Giving Report that captures the results of a survey of foundations and trusts working in philanthropy in East Africa and the State and Nature of Philanthropy in East Africa that examines philanthropy in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.


The Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa (IPASA) is a voluntary association of family, individual and other philanthropists in South Africa.

2019 Symposium – October 28-29, 2019 – Stias, Stellenbosh, South Africa: “Toward Building Trust and Hope”


The Philanthropy Forum Ghana works to strengthen the capacities of non-profit organizations and networks,  develop knowledge products and build social action partnerships with public and private corporations to leverage resources. The Forum foster collaboration opportunities amongst national, regional and international networks that aim at advancing philanthropic endeavors.

The report on the 2018 Philanthropy Forum is now available. →

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The Philanthropy Leadership Network (formerly the Southern African Communication Grantmakers Leadership Forum) was established to support and develop skills inside the community philanthropy sector, particularly in the fields of effective leadership, resource development, communications, social justice advocacy, board governance ad sustainability. It is a regional network with members in Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe and open to members from other countries in the SADEC region.