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All About Membership

Membership is open to all funders who support our mission, vision, and values and who want to be a part of robust, effective and responsive philanthropy to benefit African communities.  All funders are welcomed to be a part of our vibrant and growing network. It does not matter where you are located.  Our members include funders based in countries in Africa, Europe, and North America that are of all sizes and types.  

Here are two reasons funders believe that AGAG adds value.

AGAG enables participants to achieve global reach in an atmosphere that feels like family.”

“AGAG connects me with individuals and organizations working in the same space with whom I might not otherwise interact. It’s a unique opportunity to make new connections and speak frankly about the opportunities and challenges of philanthropy in Africa.”

Interested in becoming a member?    Please read the information below.  

Ready to join? Fill out the Membership Inquiry form and we will contact you to schedule an appointment and answer your questions. Got questions?  Contact us by email or telephone. 

Member Benefits

AGAG serves the philanthropic community by catalyzing learning, networking, and strategic collaboration on a full range of issues and trends related to funding in Africa. AGAG members represent a diverse community of grantmakers and funders with different approaches and interests but a common belief in the positive role that private philanthropy can play in response to some of the pressing needs and exciting opportunities facing Africa and its people.

Being a part of a unique community of funders all engaged in Africa offers a range of benefits:

  • Strengthen your professional networks through on-going opportunities to form and sustain useful and strong professional networks
  • Build community with new and experienced colleagues with shared interests
  • Increase your knowledge of strategies and practice that can make difference in Africa
  • Deepen your understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing African communities
  • Take advantage of special rates and priority registration for the annual conference and co-sponsorship opportunities to organize meetings and special events for funders
  • Make a contribution to the field by taking advantage of the agenda space reserved for sessions and workshops organized by members at the annual conference 
  • Explore collaboration and partnership with funders working in similar or related areas
  • Identify and contact program staff using the member directory and listserv for quick and easy communication with a geographically diverse group of colleagues funding in Africa.
  • Full access to the Resources Library and extended member profiles 
  • Get personalized support and suggestion from the AGAG staff who have extensive knowledge and expertise about trends in funding to Africa

Criteria and Membership Levels 

Your grantmaking institution can become an institution member, or you can join as an individual member.  Both institution and individual members must have a formal mechanism and process for making grants or providing funding and operate primarily as a grantmaker.  

1. Institution membership – foundations, grantmaking public charities, corporate giving programs and other philanthropy organizations with the primary purpose of making grants or providing funding.  Under institution membership staff and trustees involved in grantmaking can participate as members.  Institution members are listed on our website. Staff members with the primary responsible for fundraising are not eligible to be members.

2. Individual membership – staff and trustees of grantmaking organizations and individual donors with a formal mechanism for their philanthropy. Under individual membership, only the individual can participate as a member. Individual members are not listed on our website but are included in the member directory available to members only. 

We recognize that some grantmakers retain consultants to manage their grantmaking.  Consultants working with funding organization are eligible for membership only as the designated representative of an eligible institution and participation cannot be used to solicit work or to identify potential clients.

The following are examples of organizations eligible for membership.

  • Private independent foundations
  • Operating foundations funding programs other than the programs operated by the foundation itself or associated chapters or entities
  • Public charities and community foundations whose primary activity is funding and more than 50% of their budget is used to fund multiple organizations
  • Faith-based funding programs whose funding is open to multiple organizations and not restricted to a specific religious group
  • Corporate foundations and giving programs
  • Charitable trusts
  • Institutional philanthropic advisors and donor advised funds who make grants and fund organizations
  • Family foundations with a formal mechanism for funding
  • Individual funder with a formal mechanism for funding

Funding organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • The primary purpose or mission of the organization is to make grants or provide funding and funding is made for charitable purposes.
  • The majority of funding comes from non-government sources.
  • ™Funding is awarded through a request or invitation for proposals or a competitive process open to multiple individuals or organizations
  • The funding organization has a formal mechanism for organizations to apply for grants and for making grants

The leadership of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group determines membership approval and reserves the right to make exceptions to membership qualifications on a case-by-case basis.

2017 Membership Fees 

Annual membership fees are based on the calendar year and are due by January 31, 2017.  We encourage grantmakers who are active in Africa and have the capacity to do so to join as a sustaining member to demonstrate their support of our mission and commitment to funding in Africa. 

Membership is based upon a sliding scale and is not pro-rated. If you have any questions in determining the appropriate membership category for your funding organizations, please contact us. 

Download 2017 Membership Information for more information on becoming a member including fees.