Conference Description


The 7th East Africa Philanthropy Conference is the annual signature philanthropy event in the region hosted by the East Africa Philanthropy Network, a voluntary membership organization that brings together local charitable trusts, foundations, grantmaking and non-grant making organizations in East Africa with the primary aim of promoting philanthropy.   

Anchored on its theme “Re-engineering Philanthropy” the virtual conference will accelerate calls for the philanthropy eco-system to build resilience by aligning to changes in the philanthropy ecosystem and climate, ensure relevance through establishing innovations that fit and adapt to new realities of philanthropy and creating an enabling environment for philanthropy to thrive. 

The three-day conference will provide industry players and practitioners an opportunity to unpack its theme dedicating each day to a single sub-theme.  On its first day, attendants will focus on sailing the disruptive wave to establish meaning for philanthropy within the emerging realities as a strategy to building resilience.  The second day of the conference will provoke philanthropy to introspect on how to ‘stretch the band’ to ensure it builds on its strengths, maximize opportunities, share its aspirations and demonstrate results so that it remains relevant.  On its third day the conference will escalate calls for policy reforms.  Conversations focused around building muscle, collaboration in growing philanthropy, emerging role of associations in informing standards and frameworks which are key for to conducive environment for the growth of philanthropy in Africa. 

The Conference will then culminate with the East Africa Philanthropy Awards.  The awards recognize outstanding organizations and individuals who have ensured communities endure and even prosper amidst the effects the global pandemic.    

The conference is supported by Ford Foundation, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Mott Foundation, Community Fund, Africa Philanthropy Network, Chandaria Foundation, KenGen Foundation, CivSource-Africa, Segal Family Foundation, Blood: Water, Kenya Community Development Foundation, Tanzania Community Foundation Network and Legal Resources Facility – Tanzania.

Why should you attend?

The conference attracts over 300 participants comprising CSR Executives, Foundation and Trust leaders, Government representatives, Community philanthropy organizations, Academia, Philanthropy support networks and other stakeholders within and beyond East Africa. 

The conference will enable sector reflection and allow philanthropy players to interact amongst themselves and other experts to build resilient philanthropy that can flourish post-crisis.

Day 1: Building Resilience – aligning ourselves to changes in the philanthropy ecosystem and climate

Achieving resilience in the face of a global pandemic requires philanthropy and non-profits to support efforts that lead to positive, enduring forward movement. This movement will require agility from actors so as to adapt and be responsive to its dynamic environment. This thematic area will interrogate the institutional context philanthropy needs to apply to build stronger effective systems and processes, social capital in response to the emerging realities.

Day 2: Ensuring Relevance – innovations that fit and adapt to new realities of philanthropy

Organizations and communities are quickly learning and adapting to stay relevant. Some of these innovations include technology-based modes of working, data collection, fundraising, among others. However, are these innovations meeting the demands on the plate for African development? This thematic area will explore innovations and shifts that will position the sector as a key player in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).   

Day 3: Enabling Environment – escalating the call for reforms in the philanthropy policy and legislative frameworks  

Philanthropy plays a visible role in supporting sustainable development; it is imperative to focus on the conditions where philanthropy can thrive and address the barriers that constrain its growth. Conversation in this thematic area will focus on how actors can build an enabling environment for philanthropy that facilitates and promotes collaboration, trust critical for impact and the growth of philanthropy in Africa. 


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