Donor Circle for Africa

Donor Circle for Africa

Our Donor Circle for Africa is a collaboration of Bay Area philanthropists focused on learning from experts, social entrepreneurs and each other to determine the best ways to leverage collective resources in Silicon Valley for the benefit of nonprofit groups and entrepreneurs in Africa.

As a leader in international grantmaking among community foundations, we recognize and honor the roles our donors play as global citizens. We value the interests and initiatives of donors who are creating this Circle to support sustainable change in Africa.

Many members of this Circle have travelled to countries in Africa and are involved with nonprofits that are working on issues such as education and libraries, health and medical supplies, holistic community development, and access to clean water issues. The Circle is also dedicated to learning from experts in the field. For example, members of the Circle had the opportunity to have conversations with speakers hosted by the community foundation, including Mark Kramer, co-author of Do More Than Give: The Six Practices of Donors Who Change the World, and Fred Swaniker, founder and CEO of the South Africa-based African Leadership Academy.

To advance this goal, the Donor Circle for Africa is pleased to have a partnership with the African Leadership Academy (ALA). In March 2012, the Donor Circle made a $10,000 grant for the 2012 Anzisha Prize for Energy, as well as a $2,000 award for administrative support of ALA. Many Donor Circle for Africa members traveled to South Africa to learn about the valuable work of non-governmental organizations in the country. They also attended the ceremony awarding the 2012 Anzisha Prize for Energy to Nadege Iradukunda of Rwanda for her work on promoting use of bio-gas digesters in secondary schools.

The Donor Circle is pleased to support the 2013 Anzisha Prize for Energy; the winner will be announced by the ALA in August 2013. The recipient selected by the Donor Circle recipient will have developed a demonstrably effective project in renewable, affordable, sustainable energy that is widely applicable to communities in Africa. With these grants to young African entrepreneurs, the Donor Circle hopes to learn about innovative, newly born and sustainable projects, as well as ideas that are addressing renewable energy across the continent, with the goal of partnering with other organizations and entrepreneurs in the future.

The Donor Circle for Africa is open to all donors with advised funds at the community foundation. We invite you to participate by adding to the Donor Circle for Africa fund or by joining our active community. Donor advisors who contribute a minimum of $1,000 are considered to be members of the Donor Circle.

The Donor Circle for Africa meets the second Friday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the community foundation offices in Mountain View. We welcome any donors who would like to drop in for thoughtful conversation and action.

To attend the meeting or learn more about the Donor Circle for Africa’s activities, please contact Misti Sangani, senior philanthropy advisor, at 650.450.5490 or

First Anniversary Donor Circle for Africa Meeting
First anniversary celebration of the Circle. Donor Circle meeting at the community foundation.