CASE STUDY: GreenMatter

The following case study was presented at an IPASA Symposium as an example of sectoral collaboration and taking an initiative to scale. It is an extract from “Leadership for Biodiversity – Principles and Practices in the GreenMatter Programme for Transformation and Capacity Development in South Africa” by Eureta Rosenber and Sibusiso T. Manzini The Lewis […]

CASE STUDY: IPASA – Independent Philanthropy Association South Africa

IPASA is a locally established, voluntary association of independent philanthropists and private foundations in South Africa that share a common purpose. IPASA’s key purpose is to extend the reach and impact of philanthropy while representing and promoting the common interests, concerns and objectives of its members. IPASA has at the heart of its mission to […]

Case Study: Building a Firm Foundation for Philanthropic Giving

Her Excellency, Toyin Saraki, set up the Wellbeing Foundation to solve the intractable problem of maternal health and child mortality in Nigeria. When she first started to explore the idea of formalizing her giving, her goal was simply to understand how various organizations around the world were addressing maternal health and child mortality issues; problem […]


Education is a right. It is also the most requested service, and key, to helping communities move towards peace and prosperity. Supporting education is a recognition of people’s enormous potential and the right to a better future. Philanthropic foundations and individuals play an increasingly important role in attempts to enhance the performance of school systems and […]

Governance & Leadership

The concepts of leadership and governance encompass strategic direction, plans and policies, effective oversight, regulation, motivation, and partnerships that integrate all social and economic  systems building blocks to achieve results.Leadership involves strategically developing and implementing plans and policies with accountability and transparency. Good leadership, which requires the ability to face challenges to achieve results in […]


Education Education Education Education Case Study: Building a Firm Foundation for Philanthropic Giving

Economic & Social Development

Social empowerment is understood as the process of developing a sense of autonomy and self-confidence, and acting individually and collectively to change social relationships and the institutions and discourses that exclude poor people and keep them in poverty. Poor people’s empowerment, and their ability to hold others to account, is strongly influenced by their individual […]

Girls & Women

Gender matters in philanthropy. Philanthropy for girls’ and women’s causes encompasses multiple funding interests globally.These include health, human rights, safety, social and economic equality, representation in the arts, and even infrastructure issues related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Women’s and girl’s issues are receiving attention from an increasing number of funders with a diverse […]


In Sub Saharan Africa, 22 million people live with HIV/AIDS, one child in five dies from malaria, one woman in sixteen dies during pregnancy or childbirth, and there are 750 thousand new cases of tuberculosis every year.  Health is an area of intense focus for philanthropy, fuelled by a sense of urgency about the need […]

Food Security & Nutrition

Around one in four people in sub-Saharan Africa is malnourished and tackling food insecurity is a huge challenge. Philanthropists, NGOs and Foundations alike are putting a lot of money, resources into supporting agriculture to improve livelihoods.  Working in most of Nigeria’s 36 states, TechnoServe (Nigeria) partners with a variety of public and private funders in […]