Symposium 2019 Presentations

Inequality is the biggest threat to SA, say philanthropists

The word ‘philanthropy’ often conjures up images of high-profile billionaires such as Oprah and Bill Gates, but a network of ‘givers’ exists here in South Africa, donating to various causes such as education and health to help fight injustice and inequality. Ironically, philanthropy may just be a symbol of inequality, the very thing it’s trying to eradicate.

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Why Funders Should Pay for the True Costs of Nonprofits’ Work — Not Just the Direct Project Expenses

This content was contributed by the authors as part of The Bridgespan Group’s sponsored Chronicle of Philanthropy supplement on ending the nonprofit starvation cycle.

If foundations want to change the world, what should they fund?

Our answer may surprise you. As foundation program officers, we are motivated by — and have grant-making portfolios that target — specific issues. Norma works with African governments in using data and evidence to improve policy decision making and, ultimately, citizens’ lives. Marissa supports social-justice organizations and networks working to disrupt social, economic, and political inequality. And both of us are convinced that how we fund is just as important as what we fund. That’s why we teamed up with other funders to determine if we are sufficiently covering our grantees’ overhead costs.

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