"The stories on #AfricanPhilanthropy must be curated and shared widely by Africans to raise the profile, prominence, and importance of philanthropy across the continent and beyond #AfricanPhilanthropy". 
- SIVIO Institute on 'Growing the practice of Philanthropy in Zimbabwe'
Dear Colleague,

As the first quarter ends and the world marks one year since the COVID-19 global pandemic began, check the timely country-based report series from the West African Civil Society Institute (WACSI) on The Impact of COVID-19 on Civil Society Organisations in West Africa. Also, If your African nonprofit/foundation is considering ways to foster impactful connections, reach out to the African Philanthropy Network, they have recently launched a  Call for Memberships open to African civil society organizations.

As always, we remain passionate about influencing the narrative of African Philanthropy, and ask that you share your development knowledge with us by contributing articles, reports, sharing events, news, and opportunities that will help us build a repository of content for Africa's development. Tweet @CircuitEditor or email your content to

Read more newsevents, grants, and reports in African Philanthropy below,  curated by the team.

Philanthropy  Circuit.
Nonprofit Feature
Our Nonprofit feature for the month is the SIVIO Institute - a research, policy advocacy & analysis nonprofit with a mission to grow philanthropy's practice and participation in Zimbabwe. We applaud their efforts as they continue to share knowledge and tools that nonprofits in Zimbabwe and across Africa can benefit from. Read the feature here.
Circuit News
Growing the Practice of Philanthropy in Zimbabwe with The SIVIO Institute

Our latest Twitter Chat with the SIVIO Institute further showcases the importance of empowering community foundations in Africa, highlighting how this "creates a sense of ownership amongst citizens & empowers them to be engaged beyond begging for development but as active agents of the change they want".

In the chat, we explore the importance of showcasing wholesome narratives of African Philanthropy and homegrown giving practices, as a means to raise the profile, prominence, and importance of philanthropy - not just in Zimbabwe, but across the continent, and beyond.

Read the thread here.
The Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative Launches the 100 Million USD Annual Africa Fund for Social  Development & Renewal

Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder/Executive Chairman, BUA Group, has announced The Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative, alongside a yearly USD$100million Africa Fund endowment starting from this year, 2021, and focusing on Health, Education, and Social Development.

USD$50million of this fund will be allocated to Nigeria and USD$50million to the rest of Africa yearly.

Read more on the website.
Upcoming Events
 The Skoll World Forum 

The Skoll World Forum is going virtual from April 13-15, 2021! This year’s program is a mix of plenaries, sessions, networking activities, and more.
Date: 13 -15 April 2021
Access: Free
One Year Into The Covid-19 Pandemic: What Lessons Can Be Learned?

Join the webinar organized by the Nkafu Institute to have a better understanding of measures that have been taken so far in the past year, how to reinforce them in order to successfully get out of the pandemic, what lessons can be learned in Africa.  
Date: 23 April 2021
Access: Free
WINGS Forum | Philanthropy and the New Economy

Explore the possibility of new economic models in the future, and situate philanthropy’s role in both imagining and executing these. Also question how we might start to reconceptualize “progress” &  “value” in the philanthropic sector.
Date: 20 May 2021
Access: Free
Impact and Implications of COVID-19 on Philanthropy Work in East Africa
Recognizing that the effects of the novel Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID19) have not spared the philanthropy sector, EAPN organized research to establish the Impact and Implications of COVID-19 for Philanthropy work in East Africa.

The purpose of the research is to identify emerging trends, practices, and adaptations that have been occasioned by COVID-19 in the philanthropy sector, and the lessons thereof. 

The study design was participatory and entailed active involvement of EAPN staff, board and members, other philanthropy organizations and key informants drawn from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

Read more
Philanthropy & COVID-19: Measuring One Year of Giving
In this report, Candid and the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) provide an update and look at the global philanthropic response to COVID-19 in all of 2020. Some key findings:

- Identifying more than $20 billion awarded for COVID-19 globally in 2020.
— Corporations accounted for 44 percent of the funding.
— Community foundations awarded more grants than any other grantmaker type (54 percent of total awards).

Philanthropy will continue to be called upon to support nonprofits and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) so that they are sustainable and equipped to provide important resources. Read more
Women Give 2021: How Households Make Giving Decisions
Women’s labor force participation, which had been on the rise for decades, has plummeted during the “she-cession” that forced countless women out of their jobs in the wake of COVID-19.

Will women regain their economic power as the pandemic wanes? Will charitable giving remain strong during this time of economic difficulty?

Women Give 2021 by IUPUI Women's Philanthropy Institute examines how households make charitable decisions. It places charitable decision-making in context with other financial decisions that couples make and explores how these decisions relate to the amount couples give.

Current Grants
WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021 

The WE Empower Challenge is a global competition for women entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who are advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspiring entire communities to create the world we want by 2030.

Grant size: $20,000
Deadline: 15 April 2021 
Read more
NUFFIC Call for Grant Applications 
The Nuffic Call for joint proposals for Tailor-Made Training (TMT) – Orange Knowledge Programme is to develop and/or strengthen the skills of women and/or young girls in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo (DRC), Egypt, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Grant size: EUR 75,000
Deadline: 22 April, 2021
Read more
The Feminist Review Trust Grant Program 
The Feminist Review Trust Grant Program is aimed at supporting projects that transform the lives of women globally.

Grant size: $15,000
Deadline: 30 April, 2021
Read more
The International Fund for Cultural Diversity 2021
UNESCO will receive applications to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The IFCD is a voluntary multi-donor fund that supports the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors in developing countries.

Grant size: $100,000 
Deadline: 16 June, 2021
Read more
Upcoming United Nations Global Campaign Days

April 2   - World Autism Day 
April 7   - World Health Day
April 21 - World Creativity and Innovation Day 

April 22  - International Girls in ICT Day
April 25  - World Malaria Day 

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