Philanthropy is important in the South African context. The African concept of ubuntu, which is founded on the principle of caring for one another, is central to South African society. One national study described South Africa as a “nation of givers.” More than 90 percent of those who participated in the study reported that they gave time, money, or in-kind donations. Moreover, the country’s legal framework is considered supportive of civil society in general and philanthropic giving in particular, and the government serves not only a regulator, but also a key donor.
Our report examines the current environment for philanthropy in South Africa, presenting timely information on laws and regulations affecting the sector.