Philanthropy and Equity
Kuljian, Christa L.


The paper explores the potential role for philanthropy to promote greater equity in South Africa. The South African Constitution provides a clear context in which philanthropy could promote greater equity across gender, race and socioeconomic status. For the most part, philanthropy is not reaching its potential to promote greater equity in South Africa. Philanthropic resources flow predominantly to activities and services that could be more accurately described as charitable. Despite the rhetoric, most philanthropic funding fails to promote the social change that is needed to create a more equitable society. This paper aims to stimulate further discussion and debate about how philanthropic resources can best contribute to a more just and equitable South Africa, and encourage others engaged in philanthropy elsewhere in the world to reflect on South Africa's experience.


  • Publisher: Global Equity Initiative
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Publication Place: Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Shelfmark: GM09.8.17