Linda Givon

Ms Givon has personally donated funds to the Children’s Hospital Trust to the value of 2.5 million and further inspired close friends to donate over R5 000 000.00. She received the 2008 Inyathelo Philanthropy Merit Award.

In addition to her support for this hospital, Ms Givon has for many years tirelessly supported the development of art and artists in South Africa. Through a substantial starting gift towards building a new art gallery at Wits University, she also set up a fundraising committee for the gallery and inspired others to match and increase her gift.

Something of a doyenne of the South African art world, Givon has over the years supported the Funda Centre in Soweto; has helped to raise funds to rebuild the Artists Proof Studio, a teaching facility for young artists that burned down; funded bursaries at the Johannesburg Art Foundation; donated many artworks from her personal collections to the University of Witwatersrand (WITS) Art Gallery’s permanent collection and to the collection of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  In addition, and amongst many other ways of supporting Art in South Africa, Givon sponsored a catalogue for Jane Alexander as guest artist for the SA National Festival of Arts in Grahamstown, and has provided other kinds of support to many South African artists.