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History

Our history, our network, our strength

People who believe that Africa is important and that philanthropy can play a important role in social justice and social equity across the continent formed the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group.

Our roots are in the informal networks of funders that worked to galvanize foundation support for the anti-apartheid movement in Southern Africa during the 1980s and 1990s by encouraging greater foundation engagement in the southern Africa region.  This network was known first as South Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (SAGAG) and then become the Southern Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (SAGAG).

In 2000 SAGAG became the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, signaling a more formal and expansive effort to keep the momentum of private philanthropy moving forward in even broader support of communities across the entire African continent. 

Our 15-year history means we have a deep understanding of the context of philanthropy in Africa and of the key players. Due to our network of informed and experienced colleagues, we are a trusted source of information and expertise. Our members have track records that demonstrate philanthropy can and has made significant contributions to positive change for Africa and its people.