About Us

Making a Meaningful Impact

A culture of giving

IPASA is a locally established, voluntary association of independent philanthropists, private foundations and other organisations associated with philanthropy in South Africa. The concept of independence relates to independence from government and the corporate sector in terms of governance.

We believe that committed and knowledgeable philanthropists can make a meaningful impact and facilitate change for the better in South Africa. By associating as IPASA, philanthropists and philanthropic foundations contribute to a learning agenda, enabling thought leadership amongst members, who come from diverse backgrounds and practice. This facilitates collaboration and builds a culture of giving amongst South Africans. The power of IPASA lies in its ability to bring organisations and communities together that would not otherwise connect.

What We Do

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.


Promote good philanthropic practice in SA


Support the growth and transformation of philanthropy in SA


Advancing, supporting and promoting philanthropy in SA

Promote good practice in philanthropy
Promoting philanthropic collaboration

Representing a united voice for philanthropy in South Africa
Disseminating knowledge and resources relating to philanthropy in South Africa

Advancing, supporting, promoting philanthropy in South Africa
Growing and transforming philanthropy in South Africa

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Our Team

The Association is governed by a duly elected Council. The Council is elected at an annual general meeting of members and in accordance with the Association’s constitution. Our current Council members are:

Sarah Rennie


Mamo Mohapi

Deputy Chairperson

Leonora Sauls


Council Members


Shelagh Gastrow and Amanda Bloch are the appointed secretariat for IPASA. Together they assist clients to explore the mission of their family wealth and how to integrate the responsibilities and benefits of that wealth into philanthropy.

In essence, they work with clients to provide strategic, planning,

administrative and management support to implement their philanthropic objectives. At the same time they aim to ensure that their clients are involved in a meaningful experience that translates their passions, interests and values into a dynamic and enjoyable experience of contributing to society.