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ABOUT US

More info about who we are and what we do

WHAT WE DO

Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA) is an independent non-profit organisation (NPC Number: 014-831) (PBO: 930002036) that promotes and facilitates effective giving, volunteering and social investment. 

CAFSA has been represented in South Africa since 1997 and in 2000 became a registered Section 21 not-for-profit and public benefit organisation. While being a wholly South African organisation, the organisation is also a member of the international Global Alliance of the Charities Aid Foundation, headquartered in the United Kingdom (CAF UK). As such, we have access to CAF’s skilled professionals, intellectual capital and value model. CAF UK and the other organisations within CAF International are valued and significant contributors to the operations of CAFSA.

A key individual behind the creation of CAFSA was its founder, the late Eugene Saldanha. Eugene played a pivotal role in strengthening the South African civil society sector:

  • He believed in the critical role of the sector in building and maintaining constitutional democracy;
  • He set up and led two important NGOs namely the Non-Profit Partnership and then CAF Southern Africa in 1997.
  • He was influential in advocating for parliamentary reforms with regard to the enabling environment for civil society organisations, and was a leader in lobbying the government to fulfil its responsibility to the sector.
  • In particular, Eugene fought for civil society sustainability through reform of government institutions such as the Lotteries and National Development Agency (NDA).

In honour of our late founder, together with a number of Eugene Saldanha’s friends, colleagues and family members, CAFSA established the Eugene Saldanha Memorial Fund in 2007. The purpose of the Fund is to recognise the leadership role played by Eugene in the sector by advancing the work and values which he prized. 

VISION

To make giving and social investment a part of everyday life.

We encourage and facilitate the investment of money, in-kind resources and time by companies, institutions and individuals. The ultimate aim of our work is to strengthen the effectiveness of the non-profit sector and civil society.
CAFSA is committed to promoting and adding value to these contributions by encouraging cooperation, sharing innovation as well as fostering leadership.

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MISSION

To increase and enhance giving and social investment, and to stimulate the corporate sector to embrace developmental values. We further seek to support social entrepreneurs.

At CAF Southern Africa we believe that the NGO, NPO and Civil Society sectors play a vital developmental role in supporting positive social change. Our ultimate aim, therefore, is to increase the amount and impact of investment (money, time and resources) in the non-profit sector. We currently have over 500 validated NGOs on our database and work with 22 corporate clients to facilitate effective CSI engagement. When it comes to the validated NGOs, we conduct all formal due diligence.

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Account name: Charities Aid Foundation
Bank: Nedbank
Account type: Nedbank Current Account
Branch name: Parktown
Account number: 1944183795
Universal branch code: 198765
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

If you donate, please add your name or company name as a payment reference and email your contact details to Meena Parbhoo

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YOU CAN HELP:

Donate to CAFSA's Emergency Fund to assist NPOs during the COVID-19 crisis

Charities Aid Foundation Southern Africa (CAFSA) has launched an emergency fund to support local Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) during this challenging period.

With the economic and health challenges emerging from the COVID-19 crisis, thousands of NPOs are set to be impacted by funding shortages, which will result in a reduction or discontinuation of services and dedicated staff losing their jobs.

To keep these critical services going, CAFSA is mobilising support to make funding available to help NPOs who render essential services to the most marginalised individuals, groups and communities in our society.

We are calling on both individuals and corporates to donate. The relevant bank details for donations are listed below.

CAFSA will process all donations and ensure that due diligence, governance compliance and reporting are fully implemented. CAFSA will further ensure that all donations are designated to validated beneficiary organisations. Donors will also be issued with Section 18(a) certificates for income tax purposes.

Account name: Charities Aid Foundation
Bank: Nedbank
Account type: Nedbank Current Account
Branch name: Parktown
Account number: 1944183795
Universal branch code: 198765
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ

If you donate, please add your name or company name as a payment reference and email your contact details to Meena Parbhoo

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Tel: +27 11 334 0404
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