The NPO Database

Philanthropists can contact non-profit organisations directly to make donations or contributions. The full list of current registered non-profits can be found on the national NPO Database (in alphabetical order): (https://educollaborate.westerncape.gov.za/index.php/Organisations/index/page:1)

 An overview of NPOs in South Africa 

The South African Constitution, aimed at ensuring the quality of life and potential of all citizens, enshrines the rights to a healthy and protected environment and access to education, land, housing, healthcare, food, water and social security. The non-profit sector plays a crucial role in assisting government to deliver the full spectrum of social support services needed to help realise these rights. (https://trialogueknowledgehub.co.za/index.php/csi-resources/giving-practice)

Types of support for non-profit organisations

There are several ways to support non-profit organisations, including financial support like grants, bequests, loans or equity capital, and non-financial support like donation of goods and services, volunteering and bartering. (https://trialogueknowledgehub.co.za/index.php/corporate-resources-supporting-philanthropy-and-npos/1003-types-of-support-for-non-profit-organisations)

How to select a beneficiary organisation

With so many worthy organisations and causes, it can be difficult to decide which ones to support. Many considerations should inform this decision, including alignment between the funder and recipients objectives. (https://www.trialogueknowledgehub.co.za/index.php/resources-for-philanthropists/1049-how-to-select-a-beneficiary-organisation-2)

Guide to the tax consequences of donating directly to non-profit organisations

This general guide to the tax consequences of giving directly to non-profit organisations provides a brief overview of the topic. It is not intended to be comprehensive – it is important to seek advice applicable to your own circumstances. (https://www.trialogueknowledgehub.co.za/index.php/resources-for-philanthropists/1002-guide-to-the-tax-consequences-of-donating-directly-to-non-profit-organisations)

Opinion piece: Giving in support of social justice advocacy 

Professor William Gumedethe Founder and Executive Chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation, asserts that philanthropy is a form of active citizenship that can strengthen democracy, reduce inequalities and promote social cohesion. He believes citizen philanthropy is just as important as corporate giving. 

https://www.nedbankprivatewealth.co.za/content/dam/npw/NPWRSA/Philanthropy/GivingReportIV/GivingReport-IV.pdf

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