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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.


Key findings from the latest survey include:

  • SA Universities received 52% of their philanthropic income from international sources, an increase of 5% from 2013. 
  • South African donors accounted for 93% of the total number of donors who supported the participating institutions, up 5% from 2013.
  • In 2015 trusts and foundations account for 58% of all donor income, 17% came from private sector, 8% from individual donors, including bequests, and the 18% from various agencies civil society and religious organisations.

The 2016 ASPIHE Report and the reports of the two previous years have highlighted the heavy dependence of South African universities on philanthropic income from abroad. This funding is of course welcome, but dependence on it is dangerous and potentially disastrous in the light of geopolitical shifts globally.

The full report is available for free on the Inyathelo website.

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