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Giving influenced by making South Africa a better place for all

21 April 2015

Nine out of 10 people give time and/or money according to a pioneering study of South African giving.  

The main motivation for personal generosity is a belief that giving can make a difference, according to a pilot survey among Gauteng citizens released today by CAF Southern Africa.
The survey also reveals that during the three months prior to interview 94% gave goods, 85% donated money and 56% volunteered.
“These findings show a very strong culture of giving and mutual support in Gauteng,” said Colleen du Toit, CEO of CAF Southern Africa.
“The results also reflect the most recent World Giving Index, published by the Charities Aid Foundation in the United Kingdom, which revealed that South Africa had moved up 35 places in the global league table of generosity.”
CAF Southern Africa is a non-profit organisation that aims to positively influence South Africa’s philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.  Through encouraging financial and material contributions, as well as volunteerism, CAF endeavours to challenge existing social, economic and political inequalities.  It strives to contribute towards systemic change by encouraging sustainable resource flows to organisations working in poor and marginalised communities.
While being a wholly South African institution CAF Southern Africa is also a member of the CAF Global Alliance, a network of nine organisations promoting philanthropy around the world through the provision of products and services to enable effective giving.  The Global Alliance also conducts research, publishes reports tracking policy trends and makes recommendations as to how governments can help people in emerging economies engage in giving.
“These findings show that people want to make a difference by giving their time or money. When we have so much civil unrest in South Africa we need to build on that proud culture to increase support for charities that can help change society for the better,” said du Toit.
“While it is great to see people who are so generous with their time and money in Gauteng, the most densely populated province in South Africa, there is a great need to support official NGOs which have the structure, organisation and resources to make a real difference in the long term.”
CAF Southern Africa is launching its new report on giving and volunteering by Gauteng citizens on Tuesday 21 April at 08.00 at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg.

Download the report and the infographic 'I believe I can make a difference'



For enquiries please contact Colleen du Toit, CEO, CAF Southern Africa

Tel:       + 27 11 334 0404

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