The Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa’s virtual symposium kicked off today, bringing together some 100 South African funders to discuss and debate the future of funding in an unprecedented and disruptive climate.
The virtual conference, which lasts for two days, includes presentations and discussions exploring the lessons learnt, future policies, and possible new directions for philanthropy in South Africa in light of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Foundations such as the Learning Trust, Ford Foundation, Ackerman Family Foundation, Alan and Gill Gray Philanthropies, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, Oppenheimer Generations Foundation, Zenex Foundation, and many more are participating.
The 2020 Annual Review of South African Philanthropy, a report published by IPASA, will be launched at the Symposium. It is the only publication of its kind in South Africa, focusing on stories of South African philanthropy through local case studies that show the possibilities and scope of giving.
IPASA Executive Director Louise Driver said: ‘We are looking forward to hosting the 2020 IPASA virtual philanthropy symposium where we are expecting over 100 funders to participate in discussing the future of philanthropy in South Africa. Philanthropy is in a critical position to lead the effort to enact change and to collaboratively build back systems better to make them work for all. IPASA’s symposium will provide a platform for funders to start to work together to achieve this.’