The African Philanthropy Forum (APF) held its 2017 Annual Conference in Lagos, Nigeria, on 30th and 31st October, focusing on the theme: African Philanthropy in a Changing Global Context. APF is a pan-African membership organisation that aims to build a community of African philanthropists and social investors committed to fostering inclusive and sustainable development throughout the continent. At this year’s conference, over 100 participants actively engaged in the two-day event. Philanthropists and representatives from leading indigenous and global philanthropies including the Higherlife Foundation, TY Danjuma Foundation, African Women’s Development Fund, Oando Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation participated in panels and plenary sessions to frame a narrative around African giving.  Here are five key lessons from the conference. Continue reading…

There has been an upsurge in the use of digital tools and online platforms by African organisations in the development sector. The use of smart phones, tablets, social media platforms, and cloud enabled services are helping organisations become more efficient and globally connected. However these innovations come with their own set of problems and rules on how to navigate them. From our review of the newly launched guide,  Safe Online, by Nigeria’s leading technology accelerator and social enterprise, Co-Creation Hub, here are Five Digital Safety Tips For Nonprofits. Continue reading…

There are thousands of websites that offer listings of the latest job opportunities in international development, and most of these also offer additional resources, such as resume writing tips and volunteer opportunities tailored specifically to the sector. With so many options to choose from, we came up with our top five websites for international development jobs based on the variety of jobs and resources posted daily and those that feature African-based opportunities. Bear in mind that while all of these websites provide basic job information for free, for most, there’s a subscription charge to get access to premium content such as connecting with potential employers, applying for contracts and tenders, or viewing applicant profiles.  Here’s our list of the top five websites that made the cut (in no particular order): Continue reading…

Driven by the philosophy of Ubuntu, where the well-being and happiness of an individual is linked directly to the success and happiness of others, the Motsepe family was the first African family to join the Giving Pledge. Initiated by American billionaires, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge is a commitment by wealthy families and individuals across the globe to donate a significant part of their wealth to philanthropic causes. In 2013, Patrice and his wife, Precious Motsepe joined this global giving community by pledging half of their income from their South African businesses to support the work of their family foundation – the Motsepe Foundation – with a mission to improve the living standards and welfare of disadvantaged people in African communities. Continue reading…

Philanthropy in Africa is perceived and practiced in many different ways, which is why it is necessary to have membership organisations that help to share learnings, best practices, and provide platforms to connect with like-minded peers. Below are three organisations that have influenced and shaped new thinking around African giving and philanthropy through their engaging programmes, published reports and analyses on giving, and regional convenings. Continue reading…

Celebrities, by virtue of their popularity, play a major role in setting trends and new norms in almost every aspect of our lives. They are considered masters of their craft, whether in art, business, music, or sports, and to some, they are also considered heroes. As celebrities become more popular and richer, there is a higher tendency to give back and to use their public image to promote social causes. In some cases, celebrities have gained more popularity because of their giving, however, some are also heavily criticized when mistakes are made. Looking at this growing landscape of giving here in Africa, we share four key steps to becoming a more strategic celebrity donor and philanthropist. Continue reading…

The Global NGO Technology Report is an annual research project that seeks to gain a better understanding of how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations (NPOs) worldwide use technology to engage their supporters and donors. Continue reading…

The failure or success of an executive transition largely depends on an organization’s succession planning process. Through engagements with African nonprofit leaders we found that many organizations are inadequately prepared for recruiting and onboarding new executives. Nonprofits and foundations sometimes carry on for months without filling key roles, causing uncertainty and instability among employees, donors, and even beneficiaries. Even after these roles are eventually filled, new executives spend months trying to understand the dynamics and operations of the organization because of various internal challenges. In fact, 67% of nonprofit leaders surveyed have found adjusting to a new organization quite challenging, with 83% citing the lack of a clear and documented succession plan as a major problem.   Continue reading…

The Charities Aid Foundation’s World Giving Index measures charitable giving towards people and organizations, and volunteering levels across countries around the world. In its most recent report, a study of giving around the world in 2016, Africa stands out as the only continent experiencing growth in giving levels, compared to its previous five year average. According to the report, giving across the African continent grew in all three dimensions of the World Giving Index: “Helping a stranger” increased by 2 percentage points; “Donating money to charity” by 1 percentage point; and “Volunteering time” by 2 percentage points. This is the second year in a row that African giving has risen despite economic, political, and security challenges in many countries. Continue reading…

Raising money for your nonprofit is a dynamic process. Whether you decide to deploy traditional or online fundraising tools, there are basic fundamental principles of nonprofit fundraising that can make you more successful than others in winning that grant or receiving a particular donation. Based on a survey of senior nonprofit executives based in West Africa, we share four tips to help make you more effective in your approach to raising funds for your organization. Continue reading…