Our Grantmaking

TrustAfrica has stewarded over us$80 million in support of African civil society, awarding more than 600 grants to organizations in 34 African countries since inception. On average we award us$2 million in grant funding each year, through collaborations with our philanthropic partners. We also provide technical assistance to organizations within our focal areas, and other forms of support to help build resilience and offer opportunities for learning and collaboration across boundaries.

Statements

Confidentiality Statement

All information concerning grant applicants including the status of a grant proposals, internal discussions and deliberations, and evaluation records is treated confidentially

Financial Statement
  • We are clear about our funding guidelines, priorities, and our grantmaking process.
  • All relevant information is published on our website.
  • We publish annual reports, provide information on recent grants as well as changes in
    priorities.
  • We encourage diversity and ensure appropriate representation on the Board and staff.
  • We maintain financial due diligence.
  • We have structures in place for the effective management and administration of
    TrustAfrica.
  • We provide open and regular information on our organization to TrustAfrica’s
    stakeholders and members of the public.
  • We have an established process for soliciting, evaluating and deciding on grant
    applications in a clear, consistent and transparent manner.
  • We are aware of our responsibilities as a non-profit institution and as a publicly
    supported organization.
  • We therefore observe all rules and laws binding organizations such as ours in the
    countries in which we are legally constituted.
  • We voluntarily share information about our program activities with peers and regularly
    engage in processes of learning.
Conflict of interest for TrustAfrica Trustees and Staff

What We Do Not Fund

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Donations or grants to individuals

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Endowments

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Building projects and capital campaigns

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Fundraising drives— including fundraising dinners

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Political campaigns and lobbying

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Unsolicited proposals

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Funding exclusively meant for travel

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For-profit activities or enterprises

GRANTMAKING POLICY

TrustAfrica is a proactive grantmaker with a fundamental approach to philanthropy and development. Our approach includes intensive and collaborative planning between TrustAfrica and the institutions it has identified.

Transparency in our processes is important, so TrustAfrica’s grantmaking process and workflow is managed through a grants management system that provides visibility of the entire process to all users, in addition to collecting information about the prospective grantees, monitoring project outcomes, and scheduling payments.