What’s now? What’s new? And what’s next in philanthropy in Africa?
You’ll be up to speed with some of the latest thinking on African philanthropy after attending Inyathelo’s first and much-awaited Philanthropy Forum. It’s taking place at our welcoming Woodstock hub his Thursday 9 November.
Our morning session will get off to an inspirational start, as we’re honoured to welcome as our keynote speaker the distinguished author, academic and executive chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation, William Gumede.
Professor Gumede is no stranger to Inyathelo ‒ he’s addressed guests at our popular Breakfast Forum sessions, contributed a thought leader article to our latest annual report, and his best-selling books are among our popular reference works. He’s introduced Nelson Mandela’s writing and speeches in No Easy Walk to Freedom, written Thabo Mbeki and The Battle for the Soul of the ANC, and addressed many current ills and called for decisive action in Restless Nation.
We’ll then welcome another highly-regarded guest, who’ll moderate our first discussion session. Charles Ainslie has a strong financial background – he’s a CA who specialised in buying and selling growing businesses as a member of Ernst & Young’s London mergers and acquisitions team. He’s since leveraged that expertise to establish a grant-making and capacity support service provider, The Learning Trust. Many children growing up in challenging conditions have been enriched through high quality extended learning opportunities.
We’ll also gather ideas from another two outstanding South Africans.
Lindela Mjenxane has helped learners overcome the challenges of their physical and social surroundings in underprivileged areas, through connecting with nature. And Lusanda Gwayi, an attorney and CEO of the Dream Factory Foundation, works with grade nine and ten learners in 10 Western Cape schools to help them make practical plans to achieve their dreams.
When Lusanda received the Inyathelo award for philanthropy in education last year, she said she hoped that the learners the foundation helps will lead purpose-driven lives: “That they master life, make a contribution to their families and find out who they are meant to be with joy and boldness.”
This forum is a wonderful opportunity to equip yourself with the latest knowledge, put forward your own ideas and suggestions and explore how you too can make a difference.