The importance of philanthropy

Redefining Philanthropy in Africa

Southern Africa Trust (the Trust) recently announced that they have partnered with Wits Business School to establish a Chair in African Philanthropy.

BizNis Africa interviewed McBride Nkhalamba, Executive Manager and Head of the Policy and Programme Unit at the Southern Africa Trust, about this development .


Philanthropy is a critical part of a democratic society. It is different than charity, which focuses on eliminating the suffering caused by social problems, while philanthropy focuses on the elimination of social problems. It supports projects and endeavors from which we all benefit, such as libraries, museums and scientific research; and it also supports efforts that may be too unpopular or controversial to gain the widespread support of the general public or the government.

The role of philanthropy in society – what’s there and what’s next?

At the WINGS Forum in Mexico in February 2017, a session was organised to discuss the initial findings of a new study of philanthropy initiated by the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace. The purpose of the study is to understand the role of philanthropy in today’s world, particularly countries where philanthropy is culturally rooted (but not well documented) and often less institutionalised, mainly in emerging market countries, as this is where the study can start to fill a real gap.

Charity, Philanthropy and Society

Thought Economics discusses the fundamental nature of charity and philanthropy with the directors and CEO's of some of the foremost Philanthropic organisations - looking at why these phenomena exist together with their role and impact on society. They also discuss their individual journeys in philanthropy, and how their organisations are aiming to tackle some of society’s greatest problems.

Time to reflect on why philanthropy is so important

In the aftermath of the devastating Philippines typhoon, many Canadians questioned whether they could really make a difference in the world by supporting a charity.

This is article in the Vancouver Sun reflects on why philanthropy matters in today’s society.

The Power Of Giving: Why Philanthropy Is Important In Business

In this article, Greg Mercer explains his belief that successful businesses have a duty to give something back to society. 

Building better philanthropy for a better society

To increase the impact of philanthropy, we have to address its geographical, attitudinal, ethical and policy dimensions.

Philanthropy and Inequality

The disruptive force of the "new philanthropy" holds the promise of helping to reduce inequality. But will it actually do so?

Why it is important to develop a spirit of philanthropy in children

A 2013 study by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University, in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation, concluded that talking to children about charity and role models has an impact on their attitudes towards giving. The study notes that parents play an important role in preparing their children to become charitable adults.

The Importance of Corporate Philanthropy

Corporate philanthropy ranges from financial contributions to employees volunteering time on the clock. While philanthropy costs the company, it also provides benefits for the company, community and employees.