Our Mission

The African Philanthropy Forum is a strong and vibrant community of partners who through their strategic giving, investments and influence, foster shared prosperity on the African continent.

It is a privilege and an utmost honour for Blood:Water to be part of this community. APF is so valued for the work that we are doing and the direction we want to see the entire sector move towards. Thank you for everything that you do.
- Nadia Kist, Director of Africa Partnership, Blood:Water

Every African will tell you that they believe in Africa’s greatness, this is one of the first times that we are coming together to look at how giving plays a part in making us great, APF is helping us have that hard conversation and it’s a conversation that is ongoing.
- Tonye Cole, Sahara Group

With APF, I’ve been given the opportunity to network with Kenyans and other Africans as well as share about the work we are doing at the Kenyatta Trust.
- Mwende Mbevi, Executive Director, Kenyatta Trust

Our Vision

To transform the culture of giving on the continent to the extent that it exceeds development aid by 2030. (USD 42bn FDA in 2017, source: UNCTAD Report)

One word to describe Africa is Generosity. It’s the combination of generosity and strategy that African Philanthropy Forum is betting upon.
- Jane Wales, CEO and Founder, Global Philanthropy Forum

APF has helped MAIIC to establish a strong foundation for growth through the systems change program and extensive peer learning. We were able to launch a ground-breaking social enterprise business model in rural Malawi with the help of the dedicated and energetic team at APF.
- Taz Chaponda, Managing Director, MAIIC

APF has been a crucial platform for us to share solutions and engage with key players in the Africa social development sector. APF is for us a vehicle for making impact on a larger scale. Moreso, the presence of an organization like APF serves as a constant reminder that Africa has a potent culture of philanthropy which is a plus for the continent and for us as a leading African grant maker.
- Osayi Alile, ACT Foundation

Our History

African Philanthropy Forum (APF) was established in 2014 to build a learning community of strategic African philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable development throughout the Continent.
It was incubated by the Global Philanthropy Forum (GPF), a global network of strategic philanthropists and social investors committed to international causes from 2014 – 2016. In 2017, APF became an independent entity registered in Nigeria and South Africa and continues to be an affiliate of the GPF.

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Over the years, APF has established a strong presence on the Continent, with footprints in Egypt, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe through its regional meetings, conferences and initiatives.

APF has also invested in the development of Toolkits for African Philanthropists and the “Why Give” Series, which consists of interviews with Africa’s strategic philanthropic leaders to showcase their motivations for giving.

Since inception, APF has reached over 2,500 philanthropists, social investors and key stakeholders in the philanthropic space across Africa and the world. Through APF’s high impact convening and initiatives, the organization has facilitated collaborations, amplified the work of change makers and shared best philanthropic practices and strategies for promoting homegrown development.

Members & Partners

We have a global network of members with resilient ideas and drives with a commitment to sustainable philanthropy in Africa.