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


Mmabatho Maboya

Deputy Chairperson

Leonora Sauls


Council Members

Operational Team


Louise Driver for the last 9 years held the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, funding child healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.

She has recently left the Children’s Hospital Trust to take on the role as Executive Co-ordinator of IPASA, the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa.

Louise has a Business Science Honours degree in Social Marketing from UCT and over 25 years of development and corporate experience. She has worked for the Catholic Welfare and Development, fundraising for their 22 development projects and worked in the corporate sector for Old Mutual and MTN’s Corporate Social Investment projects.

Prior to working at the Children’s Hospital Trust she was MD of GreaterCapital, a CSI consultancy, part of the GreaterGood SA group, where she worked with over 60 corporate clients in developing and implementing effective CSI strategies.

Louise has won a number of award including the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award:Social Development category; the South African Institute of Fundraising award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year; the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year at the International Fundraising Conference in the Netherlands and SADAC regional and South African CEO Global award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Government. Louise regularly speaks at conferences and workshops on topics ranging from effective corporate social investment strategies to successful fundraising strategies and maximizing stakeholder involvement.