Shelagh Gastrow has been involved in the philanthropic and civil society sectors through her leadership of Inyathelo:
The South African Institute for Advancement which she founded in Cape Town in 2002. She served as its Executive Director from 2002-2015. Her work in the philanthropy sector has gained local and international recognition through her writings in various media, her speaking at conferences, on radio and television as well as her authorship of booklets and reports relating to philanthropy in South Africa.
Shelagh has also had years of experience working with non-profit organisations and their leaders, particularly relating to organisational long-term financial sustainability. During this time she has provided holistic advisory and mentoring services to leaders in the civil society sector, including support relating to strategy, financial sustainability and resilience, issues of accountability and the functionality of boards.