African Women's Development Fund and African Grantmakers Network

21 August 2014

Africa: The 2014 African Philanthropy Award - Call for Nominations

Photo: African Grantmakers Network
Marwa El Daly, the founder and Chairperson of the Maadi Community Foundation in Egypt, received the 2012 African Grantmakers Network African Philanthropy Award.

press release

The African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) and the African Grantmakers Network (AGN), co hosts of the 3rd AGN General Assembly, invites nominations for the 2014 African Philanthropy Awards. This award recognises excellence and innovation in philanthropic practice in Africa. Suitable candidates for this award are African philanthropic institutions and individuals who show a tangible commitment to lasting and institutional change, who are committed to genuine partnership with local, national or international communities, and who advance a vision/voice of African agency and self-determination.

The recipient of the 2014 African Philanthropy Award will be recognised at an awards ceremony held during the AGN Assembly which will take place from the 17th-19th November 2014, in Accra, Ghana. Nominations can be made online by filling in the Online Nomination Form on the AGN website or by registered post to '2014 African Philanthropy Awards, African Grantmakers Network Secretariat, Postnet Suite 100, P/Bag X121,Midrand, 1685, South Africa. The deadline for submitting nomination forms is 31st August 2014. Only emailed submissions received by close of business on the deadline date and posted submissions bearing a postmark of the deadline date will be considered.

Theo Sowa, CEO of AWDF and Board Chair of the AGN states, "Philanthropy in Africa is a time honoured tradition. This award is an opportunity to recognize those individuals who give selflessly – not just in terms of money but also their time and talents. Many of you will know such individuals. I will urge you to take 10 minutes to recognize these people by nominating them for the 2014 African Philanthropy Award."

About the African Women's Development Fund
Over the past ten years, the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) has blazed a trail for women's rights and philanthropy across the African continent. AWDF is an African, not for profit, grantmaking organisation. Since the start of operations in 2001, AWDF has provided over US$24 million in grants to more than 1000 women's organisations in 42 African countries. AWDF's grant making processes are uniquely designed to meet the needs of African women and activities include the provision of small and larger grants to African women's organisations, capacity building support and a strong focus on advocacy and movement building.

About the African Grantmakers Network
The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) is a continent-wide network of African grantmaking organizations that facilitates networking and experience sharing among established and emerging African philanthropic institutions. AGN aims at consolidating the voice for African philanthropy to address social injustice and development issues on the continent.
The Network was launched in 2009 at an inaugural convening led by: African Women's Development Fund (AWDF), Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) and TrustAfrica (TA). The AGN steering committee was then formed, comprising its founding members and other members including the Southern Africa Trust (SAT), the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) and Akiba Uhaki Foundation (AUF).

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