About Resourcing Philanthropy

Resourcing Philanthropy is a web-based platform that profiles philanthropic giving through the sharing of information, experience and insights from grantmakers, non-profit organisations and philanthropists working in South Africa.




Resourcing Philanthropy focuses on The Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights programme in South Africa during the period 2004 – 2014. Drawing on the documented experiences of Atlantic and its programme partners, this web-based resource showcases various dimensions of Atlantic’s funding practice and its impacts.

Resourcing Philanthropy was funded by Atlantic and developed by Gillian Mitchell, Gabrielle Ritchie and Melanie Judge of eMRJ – an independent association of consultants that provides services and support to NPOs and donors.

How this resource is structured

As the title suggests, Resourcing Philanthropy aims to resource local philanthropists and NPOs by providing an accessible source of information and experience that:

  • Highlights specific approaches to philanthropic giving that seek to advance equality and human rights in South Africa
  • Shares ideas and insights from Atlantic’s Reconciliation and Human Rights programme and its grantees and funding partners, for the benefit of a wider audience of philanthropists and NPOs
  • Demonstrates how targeted investments in key social issues, and the organisations and communities that seek to address these issues, can effect lasting social change

Resourcing Philanthropy is structured around four approaches that exemplify aspects of Atlantic’s grantmaking in South Africa.

These approaches are:


A number of In Actions provide illustrative examples of how these grantmaking approaches have been put into motion by the organisations, programmes and campaigns that Atlantic has supported. The In Actions also showcase the achievements of some of the strategies and tactics of Atlantic grantees.

The topics of the In Actions are:

The grantmaking approaches and In Actions are accompanied by additional information and resources in the form of:

Tools – Hands-on ways in which specific approaches, strategies or activities have been undertaken and the lessons learned

Talk – A series of short films based on interviews with philanthropists, Foundation leaders and sector experts, which reflect on the South African giving terrain and grantmaker practices

Trends – A snapshot of the South African philanthropic environment


Thanks to The Atlantic Philanthropies for supporting the development of Resourcing Philanthropy, and to Gail Birkbeck in particular for her guidance on the project. We also wish to thank the following people for their contributions.


  • Audrey Elster, Executive Director, The RAITH Foundation
  • Erica Emdon, National Director, ProBono.Org
  • Neville Gabriel, Chief Executive Officer, The Other Foundation
  • Shelagh Gastrow, Director, GastrowBloch Philanthropies
  • Fatima Hassan, Executive Director, Open Society Foundation for South Africa
  • Tracey Henry, Chief Executive Officer, Tshikululu Social Investments
  • Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, Executive Director, Inyathelo: The South African African Institute for Advancement
  • Nicolette Naylor, Regional Representative, Ford Foundation (Southern Africa)
  • Martin O’Brien, Former Senior Vice President for Programmes, The Atlantic Philanthropies
  • Vuyiswa Sidzumo, Director, C.S. Mott Foundation (South Africa)
  • Colleen du Toit, Chief Executive Officer, Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa

Technical support:

  • Webfactory
  • Lizelle de Bruin, Creative Spaces
  • Ambre Nicolson
  • Angela Tuck, Handson Design

We would like to acknowledge the exceptional life and work of Gerald Kraak (1956 – 2014), who headed Atlantic’s Reconciliation and Human Rights programme in South Africa.  Many of the success stories presented in this resource are testimony to Gerald’s deep commitment to the struggle for justice and equality in South Africa.