Where Philanthropy meets civil society
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CivSource–Africa is an independent non-profit advisory organization that seeks to refine the practice and footprint of philanthropy in Africa, for authentic civic engagement. We are pioneers in the space where philanthropy and civil society meet and seek to foster an environment that nurtures mutually beneficial relationships and stewardship of entrusted resources. We provide thought leadership on strategic financing models for effective philanthropy and civic engagement. We also facilitate open and informed conversations pertaining to philanthropic giving and civil society organizations.
Is short for civil society. Funding civil society strengthens their human rights work as critical partners in advancing good governance and development. Civ also ensures that our focus and that of funders remains the people and not the money.
We are a source of information and advice to funders on a spectrum of issues such as human rights, socio-political context, and other areas. To civil society we are a source of support to advance their potential.
Is the way we define the geographical, cultural and ideological space within which we operate, and it also speaks to our roots and grounding in our continent.
“Ushawishi”, a Swahili word to mean “Influence”, was our main objective for traveling to Arusha and for participating in the 6th East African Philanthropy conference themed ‘Opportunities in Emerging Trends and Practices.’ Here are my thoughts and experiences over those two conference days. More
The first step to measuring anything is to define it. We know that generosity includes selflessly giving time, money, food, or kindness to people in need. CivSource is collecting stories that fit this profile. These stories will form a database. A database that will someday form an index to tell us what the most generous countries are on the continent. More
Philanthropy in simple terms is defined as committing private resources for public gain. The practice is transforming both globally, and specifically in Africa following the dwindling of external donations and increasing focus on sustainability of civil society, as well as a drive towards innovation of African solutions for African problems with African resources.More
Refining the practice and footprint of philanthropy for effective civic engagement in Africa
The showcase also included a video about ACS’s philanthropy project for this year, Zana Africa, which is a charity that provides menstrual products and better sex education for girls in Kenya. ACS Philanthropy Chair Nhuami Alemu ’21 explained how Zana Africa’s mission coincides with ACS’s beliefs and goals. As a result, 35% of the ticket proceeds from the performance will be donated to Zana Africa. More
Today, October 2nd, 2019, we are all smiles at CivSource Africa as we welcome the newest member of our team, Ms Elizabeth Mbabazi. Elizabeth joins our team as the Program Officer of the Kuonyesha Art Fund. The Fund is a collaboration between us, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Stichting DOEN. More
Shirleen and her team are making big changes in their community. They have made it their mission to educate the community – holding frequent community meetings to discuss waste disposal strategies. The community now emphasizes reusing and recycling as common practice to minimize excess waste…More
According to the author, Dana R.H. Doan, ‘There is limited guidance for those who wish to apply or invest in community philanthropy approaches. This paper provides an overview of an extensive review of the available literature and seeks to clarify, for those that may be working in the field of development, what it means to practice community philanthropy.’ More
Giving is one aspect of philanthropy. Deciding how, where, and when to give is another aspect. You can support the young people in your life – and in your community – as they become philanthropists. You can help them grow from giving of their time, talent, and treasure and into thinking of themselves as strategic philanthropists. More
We often hear the saying or see the story about giving back to our African community. To each its own on that notion. It is easier said than done! The reality is some give and some take. Giving has its pluses and minuses. Taking is straight up corrupt or justifiable. The following words are dedicated to those who go out of their way to give positive impact unapologetically, unconditionally and without much hesitation. See more