About Us

Who we are

Southern Africa Philanthropy Foundation (SAPF), formerly known as CAF Southern Africa (CAFSA), has been represented in South Africa, since 1997, and was formally registered in 2000.

SAPF is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) with Public-Benefit Organisation (PBO) status.

In January 2024, the organisation commenced a rebranding journey, and was formally launched as SAPF, unveiling a new name with a new brand and identity, reflecting our experience and expertise, gained over decades of practice.

SAPF is a civil society infrastructure organisation which operates as an intermediary at the intersection of philanthropy and civil society. SAPF is also a trusted implementing partner and thought leader, in the philanthropy space, and offers customised services to its corporate and non-profit partners, in support of building a resilient civil society.

SAPF is a proud network member of Charities Aid Foundation, headquartered in the United Kingdom.

Fostering strategic partnerships
for a resilient civil society

Our Vision

“Embed a culture of strategic and impactful giving in Southern Africa that enables a resilient civil society to continue to empower communities”.


“To cultivate and facilitate effective social investment by creating responsive and customized giving solutions and fostering the building of strategic partnerships”.


World Giving Index

CAF gas been producing its World Giving Index for more than a decade.

The first CAF World Giving Index was published in the wake of the global financial crisis, and now this long-running study has given us the opportunity to look at how the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath have impacted giving around the world.

The study provides combined insight into the scope and nature of giving around the world and looks at three aspects of giving behaviour and asks: Have you done any of the following in the past month?

Helped a stranger, or someone you didn’t know who needed help?

Donated money to a charity?

Volunteered your time to an organisation?


Our International Affiliation

A Greater Impact

Southern Africa Philanthropy Foundation (SAPF) is a proud network member of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).

CAF has offices in the United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada enabling hundreds of millions of pounds each year to move across borders and arrive safely with thousands of charities to make a greater impact.

Charities Aid Foundation has an impressive eco-system of network members, including SAPF, located throughout the world. Together, we inspire innovation, share best practice and improve cross-border giving.

Prioritising localisation in various geographies enables network members to drive best-practice philanthropic efforts and the promotion and championing of growing all forms of charitable giving, through strategic partnerships, via the non-profit sector, in order to build a resilient civil society, which is the cornerstone of all democracies, throughout the world.

The power of this network also facilitates knowledge-sharing, best practice, thought leadership and cutting-edge research trends which inform ethical and professional practice, in the philanthropy space.

Southern Africa Philanthropy Foundation (SAPF) continues to contribute content and learnings from its practice with corporate and non-profit partners, in Southern Africa.


A Greater Impact

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