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Form and Function: a view of the financial and operational practices of south african private philanthropic foundations

March 1, 2016

This report "Form and Function" reflects the research undertaken into the governance, financial management and grantmaking practice of twenty one South African philanthropic foundations during the course of 2015. This report was to assist existing foundations as well as emerging entities to benchmark their practice. Based on an extensive questionnaire, interviews were done with 21 foundations through their representatives including foundation staff as well as the founders.

A Tangled Web: The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa

May 1, 2015

Since 2004 South Africa has had in place legislation that regulates the responsibilities of business to the transformation of society, and this regulation includes an element that relates to corporate philanthropy.To date, however, very little has been documented about the influence of this legislation on corporate philanthropy. A new research report by Halima Mahomed, A Tangled Web: The Perceived Influence of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Legislation on Corporate Social Investment in South Africa, aims to partially fill this gap. The research explores the perceived influence of the legislation on issues such as the extent, flexibility and approaches to giving; highlights the limitations that arise from the structure and framework of the legislation; and interrogates some of its unintended consequences.As discussions on the feasibility of regulatory mechanisms gain traction in other places, it is hoped that this research will help to raise key issues for consideration and exploration.

Mandela Day -- Moving from Charity to Sustainable Development July 2014

July 31, 2014

This Mandela Day there was an unprecedented outpouring of generosity and action among employees from businesses large and small: children received books, classrooms were painted, blankets and gifts were delivered, nutritious food was distributed and donations were raised and shared in less privileged communities. These volunteer actions, largely charitable in nature, must be recognised and valued: real and immediate needs of NGOs and communities were addressed as corporate employees bore witness to the every-day struggles of fellow citizens.

What does an effective EVP look like?

March 19, 2014

The session opened with a look at trends in employee volunteerism, based on Trialogue's research on the topic from 2007 and 2013. Desiree Story of FirstRand Volunteers gave some insight into implementation, gleaned from the company's 'Beyond Painting Classrooms' engagements. Attendees looked at what types of volunteering are most commonly implemented by companies, and the pros and cons of each approach. The discussion then led on to ways of ensuring EVPs are successful, and a win-win for all involved.

Thoughts on Philanthropy in South Africa

September 6, 2013

What do we do to ensure that philanthropy sector continues to thrive? Without it, our democracy cannot endure.

A Move Towards Innovative Philanthropy

August 22, 2013

The Southern African Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum (SACGLF) brings together leaders of community grantmaker organisations in a knowledge-sharing and peer-learning partnership to strengthen social justice philanthropy in Southern Africa

A Summit with Something to Say

August 14, 2013

In this article, the author takes a closer look at the NPO Summit and funding-related challenges facing the NPO sector

From Seed to Sprout: Creating New Spaces to Strengthen Philanthropy in Emerging Market Countries

July 15, 2013

organize a forum to convene philanthropists and practitioners from emerging market countries was planted back in January 2012,

The Giving Report II: A Survey on the Giving Practices of High-net-worth Individuals in South Africa

January 1, 2013

In 2010 BoE Private Clients undertook the first comprehensive national survey on the giving practices of HNW individuals in South Africa. The survey was well received and provided good baseline information on the topic. This 2012 follow-up survey was conducted to identify giving trends that have emerged since 2010 and to continue to support the evolution of philanthropy in South Africa. BoE Private Clients had been rebranded in the intervening period and the 2012 survey was undertaken under the banner of Nedbank Private Wealth.

Philanthropy Insights

January 1, 2013

The Philanthropy Insights Report is based on research aimed at furthering the overall understanding of philanthropy in South Africa.The report was written in collaboration with various philanthropic experts from different fields.The different subsections will provide you with a deeper insight into philanthropy and guidance on starting your philanthropic journey.

Value and Values: What Motivates Corporate Citizenship in South Africa

January 1, 2013

The purpose of this report is to analyse what motivates corporate social investment philosophies and initiatives among South African businesses. The report is based on the views of 41 senior business leaders representing 39 companies, the majority of which are large and globally influential companies publicly held and traded on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). The report further examines the findings of the research in the context of emerging trends from other studies and concludes by exploring the implications of these trends for socio-economic development in South Africa.

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