Motsepe Foundation


South Africa / Established: 1999
Founder: Mr Patrice Motsepe & Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe

The Motsepe Foundation was founded in 1999 by Mr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

The Motsepe Foundation is rooted in South Africa but has a regional, continental and global footprint through collaborations with various partners.
In 2013 the Motsepe family were the first on the African continent to join the Giving Pledge, started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.
The Foundation was founded on the philosophy of ‘ubuntu’, the African concept of giving and caring for your neighbour and other members of your community.

As quoted “This selfless and compassionate quality is part of the age-old African culture and expresses the core value of humanity as goodness to our fellow men . The act of giving back has been and still is an integral part of our moral duty and collective responsibility. It is a concept that has held African families and communities together for generations, despite the continent’s many challenges. We are proud to pass it on to the next generation.”

As quoted “Our goal is to make a difference to poor, marginalised communities within our Development Forums areas in all nine provinces in South Africa. We achieve this by supporting sustainable projects that benefit these communities.” Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation


Nigeria / Established: 2010
Founder: Mr Tony O. Elumelu

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the leading champion of entrepreneurship in Africa.
Founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu, an entreprenuer, investor and philanthropist who is passionate about Africa’s Economic Development.

The foundation is representing his personal commitment to creating a new generation of entrepreneurs, through his investment company, Heirs Holdings, the Foundation is active in all 54 African countries.

As quoted “Our objective is to empower women and men across our continent, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation. We believe the private sector’s role is critical for Africa’s development and that the private sector must create both social and economic wealth.”

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the leading champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. Our objective is to empower women and men across our continent, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation. We believe the private sector’s role is critical for Africa’s development and that the private sector must create both social and economic wealth.

Our mission is implemented through our programmes, research, communities, advocacy and convenings, including the annual TEF Forum, the largest gathering of entrepreneurs in Africa, and TEFConnect, Africa’s digital hub for entrepreneurs.
The Foundation leverages its strong relationships in the public, private and development sectors to drive its mission of creating prosperity for all.

In 2015, the Foundation launched the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, a $100 million commitment by Tony Elumelu to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs over 10 years.
Building on the Programme’s success and its unique ability to identify, mentor and fund entrepreneurs across Africa, the Foundation is increasingly sharing its robust delivery platform and working in partnership with institutions such as United Nations Development Programme, the African Development Bank, the International Committee of the Red Cross, GIZ, and United Bank for Africa Plc, to create meaningful and permanent impact across Africa.

The Chandaria Foundation


Kenya / Established: Around 1970
Founder: Chandaria Family

The Chandaria Foundation, funded by the Chandaria Family, was established over 50 years ago, making it one of the oldest foundations in Africa.

The mission of the Chandaria Foundation is to help citizens of African countries to improve their lives through various initiatives.
The foundation also aims to make a valuable contribution towards the environment and the local ecology. Particular focus is placed on helping children and young people, and children with special needs.

The Foundation’s work focuses on early childhood education, poverty reduction, and children’s health. Rather than keeping a regular staff, the Foundation relies on a host of volunteers and draws expertise from business executives and other leaders within the Chandaria family to keep overhead costs down and ensure funds for its work.

Details about the Chandaria Foundation’s various programs over the years.
Scholarships — The Foundation runs a scholarship program for high school students, sponsoring 150 students every year. Students are selected from rural areas where there is high poverty or a high number of single parent families.
Medical Centers — The Foundation constructs medical centers in rural areas, several of which include maternity wings. The Foundation teams up with local communities, which provide land and labor while the Foundation provides the design, materials, and supervision. There is often no running water or electricity in these villages so the Foundation also provides boilers and generators and links up with the government health ministry to share the running costs.
Children’s hospitals — The Foundation has built three children’s hospitals, for which it provides 20–30 percent of the funding. A & E (Accident & Emergency) centers—The Foundation has also built accident and emergency centers in hospitals that did not already have them.
Other projects — Other foundation projects include supporting schools by providing books or constructing new kitchens, particularly in slum areas, as well as funding some schools.

The Chandaria Foundation does not run or manage these new facilities, but helps get them off the ground. Although the MDGs and SDGs have not been directly factored into the Chandaria Foundation’s work, they are kept in mind for projects where the Foundation’s main focus is relying and building upon its extensive local knowledge and experience.
Overall, the Foundation is not collecting impact data as it does not have the necessary systems in place to do so. However, it does follow up on the progress of students involved in the foundation-sponsored scholarship program. The Foundation also collects data on how money is being given to grantees, and it follows up with these grantees accordingly.

Higherlife Foundation


Zimbabwe / Established: 1996
Founder: Strive & Tsitsi Masiyiwa

Higherlife Foundation is a social impact organization that invests in human capital to build thriving individuals, communities and sustainable livelihoods.

Founded by Strive and Tsitsi Masiyiwa out of their deep Christian faith, heartfelt compassion as well as their personal experiences of orphan-hood, "we are contemporary Africans moving the African continent forward through opportunities".

"Tsitsi Masiyiwa - Higherlife Foundation’s portfolio encompasses impact investments in education and leadership development, healthcare and sanitation, job creation, and rural transformation.
As a result of her work and experience establishing and growing Higherlife Foundation over the last twenty years, Tsitsi has become an advisor and thought partner to universities, national leaders, and social entrepreneurs on issues of education, leadership development, and youth empowerment. Tsitsi is a founding board member of the African Philanthropy Forum, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Legatum Institute, the END Fund and UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative.

Strive Masiyiwa also serves on a number of international boards, including the Rockefeller Foundation, the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, the Council on Foreign Relations’ GlobalAdvisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College and the Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize Jury.

The Dangote Foundation


Nigeria / Established: 1994
Founder: Alhaji Aliko Dangote

The Dangote Foundation is dedicated to adding value to people’s lives across Africa by facilitating health, education and empowerment initiatives. Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) is the private charitable foundation of Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Incorporated in 1994 as Dangote Foundation, with the mission to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education, and broaden economic empowerment opportunities. To date, the Foundation has become the largest private Foundation in sub Saharan Africa, with the largest endowment by a single African donor. The primary focus of ADF is child nutrition, with wraparound interventions centred on health, education and empowerment, and disaster relief. The Foundation also supports stand-alone projects with the potential for significant social impact. The Foundation works with state and national governments and many highly reputable international and domestic charities, non-governmental organisations and international agencies to advance its humanitarian agenda. In one of its biggest collaborations to date, Aliko Dangote Foundation started working in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and key northern State Governments in Nigeria from 2013 to eradicate polio and strengthen routine immunization in Nigeria.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation


Sudane / Established: 2006
Founder: Mo Ibrahim

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation is an African foundation, established with one focus: The critical importance of governance and leadership for Africa.
It's conviction is that governance and leadership lie at the heart of any tangible and shared improvement in the quality of life of African citizens.

It was founded by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese billionaire businessman and philanthropist, who founded the telecommunications company Celtel International in 1998.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation focusses on defining, assessing and ultimately enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four key initiatives:

The Ibrahim Index of African Governance
provides a statistical assessment of governance performance in every African country.

The Ibrahim Prize celebrates excellence in African leadership
It is awarded to a former Executive Head of State or Government by an independent Prize Committee.

The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships
form a selective programme designed to mentor future African leaders.

Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW)
It includes the Now Generation and Ibrahim Forums, as well as a number of Africa-focussed parallel events from selected organisations.

The Ibrahim Prize: With a $5 million initial payment, plus $200,000 a year for life, the Prize is believed to be the world's largest, exceeding the $1.3m Nobel Peace Prize. Former South African President Nelson Mandela, former United States President Bill Clinton, and former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan are among those who have welcomed the initiative.

The Mike Adenuga Foundation


Nigeria / Established: N/A
Founder: Mike Adenuga

The Mike Adenuga Foundation was founded by Nigerian business tycoon Mike Adenuga, who is the chairman of Globacom (Global Communications) and the chairman of Conoil.

The Mike Adenuga Foundation is a proudly Pan African philanthropic foundation. The main mission of the organisation is to help Nigeria and other African countries, where the Mike Adenuga Group of Companies are commercially active on a permanent basis, to achieve social and economic independence.
The Mike Adenuga Foundation aims to contribute to an improved future for Nigerians and other African citizens.

The Mike Adenuga Foundation does not provide typical grants or award programs. Instead the organisation forms strategic partnerships involving stakeholders and beneficiaries.
The foundation director leverages knowledge of relevant stakeholder’s working protocols, structures and decision making processes to identify candidates likely to partner with the foundation to create and launch programs. Critical relationships and partnerships with grantees are managed to achieve targets by doing site visits and through continuous evaluation and monitoring of grant components.

Not a lot of information about the philanthropic activities of the Mike Adenuga Foundation is made available to the public.
One particular donation of N500 million (equivalent to approximately US$3.2 million) was made by the organisation in aid of helping victims of a flood that happened in Bayelsa, a state in Southern Nigeria.

The Mergon Foundation

South Africa / Established: 1980
Founder: Francois van Niekerk

The Mergon Foundation is a not-for-profit trust fund that was established in 1980, following a commitment made by Francois van Niekerk to God as he turned to Him for a lifeline in business.

Rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the top five notable givers in Africa, Van Niekerk stirred up the spirit of modern philanthropy when he gave away 70% of his equity in the company he founded, Mertech Group.
From all reported figures of donations printed on the pages of reliable journals in Africa, Van Niekerk took the lead with a stake value at $170 million.
The huge sum was actually given to the Mergon foundation a charitable trust he co-founded with his wife.

As part of the core objectives of the Mergon Foundation, the donation is pointed at substantial healthcare services for HIV/AIDs patients, provision of basic educational needs for pre-primary kids and recycling projects for South African youth in their local districts.
He set out some R30 million annually to support social investment programmes in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland and the United Kingdom.

Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation


USA/South Africa / Established: N/A
Founder: Patrick Soon-Shiong

The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation, which aims to fund research and erase disparities in access to health care and education.

Soon-Shiong was born in Port Elizabeth, Union of South Africa, to Chinese immigrant parents, who fled from China during the Japanese occupation in World War II. His parents were originally from Toisan in Guangdong province.

The Chan Soon-Shiong Family Foundation had announced that it will provide a $100 million underwriting guarantee to help Los Angeles County and the University of California reopen Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital for in-patient care.

The Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health, which is focused on changing the way health information is shared; and the Healthcare Transformation Institute, a partnership with the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
He has been a minority owner of the Los Angeles Lakers since 2010, and since June 2018, he has been the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times and The San Diego Union-Tribune.
As of March 2020, Soon-Shiong is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of US$6.9 billion.
He has committed to the Giving Pledge and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy.

The Mo Dewji Foundation

Tanzania / Established: 2014
Founder: Mohammed Dewji

Mohammed Dewji, driven by passion and ambitions for the society, made great efforts to develop and expand the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and its role in creating positive change.
The Mo Dewji Foundation now conducts all CSR operations of MeTL Group.

Mohammed has always firmly believed that it is the responsibility of businesses and corporations to give back to their communities and support the economic and social development of Tanzania.
His contributions have transformed the lives of the poor in the country by financing social projects such related to education, health, and community development.
Mohammed won the 2015 AABLA Philanthropist of the Year Award for the East African region and he is globally recognized as a promoter of development.

The Mo Dewji Foundation was created. Launched officially in 2014, the foundation is involved in education, health, and community development-related projects across Tanzania.
Over the last five years, Mohammed (in his personal capacity) and the Mo Dewji Foundation have spent more than $3 million on projects that have directly improved the lives of Tanzanians.