Research and Reports

The Global Landscape of Philanthropy

From a description of various forms of individual giving to the growing importance of community philanthropy and structured, institutional giving, the current report is an effort to bring back the diversity of the field of philanthropy at the center of the debate, by drawing a comprehensive and provocative picture of current trends and challenges of the field. The report also raises some of the questions and issues most critical and central to its development – from technology and shrinking civic space to power dynamics within philanthropy practice and concepts, to the evolving role and form of philanthropy infrastructure.

Corporate Giving Around the Globe 2017: CECP

Giving Around the Globe: 2017 Edition is a treasure chest of insights and best practices on how business can be a force for good.The four topics highlighted are:

  1. How technology can be used to improve employee engagement. 
  2. How businesses can use their advocacy power to uphold human rights and good ethics. 
  3. How the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be used as a road map for defining long-term business goals and recalibrating the positive contributions of business to society. 
  4. How businesses can deal with the rapid growth of voluntary disclosure and become a proactive force on critical issues. 

Charities Aid Foundation: South Africa Giving 2017

Despite challenging economic circumstances, the South Africa Giving 2017 report reveals that individuals in South Africa – particularly the younger generation – continue to give of their time and money to assist individuals and communities in need.

Detailing the different ways that people in South Africa donate and volunteer, this report covers how much money on average is donated by individuals, which causes people give to, how people like to give, as well as what motivates people to give.


2017 CAF World Giving Index

The annual CAF World Giving Index looks at how and why people around the world give to charity. It’s compiled from data from 139 countries, representing 95% of the world’s population. The report includes questions about three different types of giving behaviour --  helping a stranger, donating money, volunteering time -- and ranks each country accordingly.

Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE) in South Africa

The new survey, which is the third in a regular annual series with an increasing number of participating institutions, was conducted by EduActive Solutions Ltd on behalf of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement with financial support from the Kresge Foundation.

Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa

Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa

“Constructing a Developmental and Transformational Philanthropy in Africa” report examines the legislative environment for philanthropy in Africa. The report is by Southern Africa Trust and AGN, 2015

Giving USA 2017 Report: Summary

Giving USA 2017 Report: Summary

The Giving USA report is published annually by Giving USA Foundation, a public service initiative of The Giving Institute. It is researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The 2017 report, which covers this country’s charitable giving in the 2016 election year, provides extraordinarily promising news for nonprofits that see their givers as more than just automatic tellers.

The Giving Report III: A survey on the giving practices of high-net-worth individuals in South Africa

The Giving Report III: A survey on the giving practices of high-net-worth individuals in South Africa

This third edition of the Nedbank Private Wealth Giving Report builds on the findings of the 2010 and 2012 research into the philanthropic commitments of South Africa’s high-net-worth (HNW) individuals.

A nation of givers? Social giving among South Africans

Findings from a national survey. Researched and written for the CCS, SAGA and NDA by David Everatt and Geetesh Solanki of Strategy & Tactics (2005)

South Africa appears to be a nation of givers: over half of respondents (54%) gave money to charities or other causes, a third (31%) gave food or goods to charities or other causes, while slightly less than a fifth (17%) volunteered time for a charity or cause, in the month prior to being interviewed. In addition to giving to formalised institutions or causes, slightly less than half of respondents told us they gave money and/or goods (45% respectively) not to formal charities but directly to the poor – street children, people begging on the street and so on.