Africa Philanthropy Support Organizations (APSO) Initiative
Over the past two decades, the number of philanthropy support organizations (PSOs) focusing on Africa has increased. And while they represent different histories, motivations, approaches, and interests they share a common goal in leveraging philanthropy to address issues affecting the lives of communities in Africa. The diversity of PSOs located inside and outside of Africa presents an opportunity to widen the reach of philanthropy. The APSO Initiative recognizes that building strong relationships can help PSOs to deepen their impact and leverage philanthropy resources to benefit African communities.
In July 2015 representatives of PSOs attending a caucus at the Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) conference in Tanzania discussed the value in sharing information and exploring collaboration opportunities. The discussion continued at the April 2016 Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) meeting in the United States and at a follow-up meeting held in South Africa during October 2016. The APSO Initiative is a pilot collaboration and collective effort by the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group, the Africa Philanthropy Network and the East Africa Association of Grantmakers. The goals of the APSO Initiative are to promote communications among a cohort of philanthropy support organizations working inside and outside of Africa and to highlight the work that these organizations do to promote philanthropy that benefits African communities.
Visit the Africa Philanthropy Support Organizations (APSO) Initiative webpage to learn more.