South Africa Giving 2017: An overview of charitable giving in South Africa

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) publishes a series of annual giving reports describing the giving behaviours of people in Brazil, Canada, India, Russia, South Africa, the United States, and the UK. South Africa Giving 2017 reveals that despite challenging economic circumstances, individuals in South Africa – particularly the younger generation – continue to give of their time and money to assist individuals and communities in need.

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South Africa Giving 2017: An overview of charitable giving in South Africa

Detailing the different ways that people in South Africa donate and volunteer, this report covers how much money on average is donated by individuals, which causes people give to, how people like to give, as well as what motivates people to give. 

Key Findings

„•„    Eight in ten people surveyed have given money in the past 12 months, either to a charity, to a church or religious organisation, or by sponsoring someone.

•„    Donors said they are most likely to give money because they believe they can make a difference, and because they want to help those less fortunate than themselves.

„ •„    Amongst those who donated in the past 4 weeks, the typical donation was R500.

„ •„    The most common method of donating was via a donation box in a supermarket/shop, which 40% of donors had used.

„ •„ .  Six in ten people surveyed have volunteered in the past 12 months.

„ sa giving2017 graphic•„    The most popular cause amongst donors and volunteers was helping the poor.

„ •„ .  Over half of those surveyed say having more money themselves is the thing most likely to encourage them to donate more.

According to  Gill Bates, CEO of CAFSA, the South Africa Giving 2017 report reminds us that "the resilient spirit of Ubuntu is alive and well in South Africa. Going forward, Bates noted that by understanding the ways that we give in more detail, "we can reflect, develop and grow in order to work more effectively to strengthen civil society in South Africa.”