Philanthropy Ghana hosts Maiden Women in Philanthropy Quarterly Partners Meeting

On Tuesday August 15, 2023, Philanthropy Ghana hosted the maiden Women in Philanthropy Ghana (WiP-Ghana) quarterly partners meeting. The meeting was organized for partners to develop an awareness campaign plan for the WiP-Ghana initiative. The discussion focused on the potential question people might ask about WiP-Ghana and the awareness campaign activities.

Through a participatory group work, the partners agreed to launch the campaign on social media with TV and Radio Talk-shows, roadshows at various Universities and exhibitions at various women events in Ghana.

The participants also identified the key organizational development priorities for the WiP-Ghana initiative which included the development of Theory of Change, development of communication strategy and capacity building for the WiP-Ghana focal persons and ambassadors

The meeting was facilitated by the Head at Centre for Strategic Philanthropy and Social Investment (CESPSI) at the Pentecost University, Mr. Emmanuel Marfo (PhD Candidate) with support of Jodie Hanson-Nortey, a Ghanaian philanthropic professional currently working in the USA.

At the partners meeting, the new WiP-Ghana Coordinator, Benedicta Asamoah (2021 Ghana’s Most Beautiful Beauty pageant Winner popularly known as Sarfoa) was introduced.

WiP-Ghana has over 60 members in the 16 regions of Ghana and Diaspora .

AYPN-Ghana is a founding member of Philanthropy Ghana.

Philanthropy Ghana is a community of philanthropy support organisations (PSOs), philanthropy enablers and funders promoting and growing philanthropy in Ghana. Philanthropy Ghana is registered with the Registrar General Department on 21st May, 2020 in Ghana. The mission of Philanthropy Ghana is to provide leadership for local philanthropy and social investment in Ghana and support local giving, inspire more giving and build sustainable philanthropy ecosystem, and adopt and utilize technology and data to increase the sector effectiveness. It is envisioned that the coalition will organically increase and build the constituency of the philanthropic sector, and grow philanthropy to be recognised as a credible agent of delivering national development in Ghana. Giving Tuesday Ghana, NEXUS Ghana, GADeF Ghana Alliance, Women in Philanthropy Ghana(WIP-Ghana) and the African Youth Philanthropy Network(AYPN)-Ghana are the founding members of Philanthropy Ghana. Currently, the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy and Social Investment (CESPSI) is providing technical support for Philanthropy Ghana operations.


Young people develop strategies to lift up philanthropy in Africa

The African Youth Philanthropy Network (AYPN) held its 3rd Leadership Conference in Accra, Ghana on 27th- 29th November, 2022. The conference brought together Sub-Regional Leaders, AYPN Secretariat Team and AYPN Co- Hosts Partner Teams to a round table discussion on strategies to contribute to youth philanthropy growth and improve the culture of giving among next-generation philanthropists in Africa

The AYPN Leadership Conference (ALC) 2022 is part of the initiative themed, “Unleashing Young People to Lift Up Philanthropy” launched to enhance youth- led philanthropy contributions towards the achievements of the SDGs.  By strengthening the African Youth Philanthropy Leadership through peer learning, mentoring, and networking, this conference led to the development of strategic plans and innovative technology platforms for growing the network and connecting to donors across the regions.

The 3rd ALC was jointly hosted by AYPN Co-convening partners, GADeF International and PEN Tanzania and the AYPN Secretariat with support from WINGS in partnership with Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), Giving Tuesday Ghana, Philanthropy Ghana and Centre for Strategic Philanthropy and Social Investment (CESPSI). Characterized by round table discussions, group work and presentations, the conference brought together 30 participants including members of AYPN in West Africa.

Outcomes of the conference included developing an AYPN 4-year Strategic Plan (which focused on 4 Pillars-People, Participation, Policy and Practice), Partnerships and Communication strategy as well as establishing working groups (Communications, Fund-raising & Grants, Membership & Partnerships and Innovations & Projects)  to support the Secretariat work at the five (5) sub-regional levels.

The first goal under AYPN Thematic area Education and Learning is to build a strong competent and collaborative youth philanthropy at national, regional and global level

Secondly, under the thematic area advocacy and leadership, AYPN will act as credible voice and foster an enabling environment for youth philanthropy at national, regional and global level.

Thirdly, under the Innovation, Knowledge Generation and Dissemination, AYPN will serve as a Hub for knowledge, innovation and incubation issues related to social entrepreneurship and youth philanthropy

The fourth goal under the Sustainability thematic area is to develop and consolidate a solid regional and national community membership based and resource mobilization

During the last day of the ALC, all the participants joined the 3rd Ghana Giving Summit 2022 organized by Philanthropy Ghana, West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) and Star Ghana. The summit attracted key personalities such as Dr. Ben Ocran from Ghana Philanthropy Forum and Reverend Dr. Christian Tsekpoe from the Strategic Philanthropy and Social Investment (CESPSI) at Pentecost University, Dr Kofi Osei-Kusi  from Osei Kusi Foundation and other members of the Giving Tuesday Ghana movement.

Read more about AYPN here

About AYPN
The African Youth Philanthropy Network (AYPN) is an ecosystem of African youth philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs that is dedicated to supporting youth-led developmental initiatives in the continent, setting the agenda for youth philanthropy and development in the continent

About GADeF International
GADeF International is a community of exceptional young people and emerging leaders who are passionate about philanthropy, impact investment, innovation and technology for systems and community transformation

Contant Us

Angela R.N.A. Nunoo
Programs Lead, AYPN


Youth group energizes African grantmakers’ conference

Earlier this month I attended the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) Assembly held at the International Conference Center in Arusha, Tanzania.  Arusha is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Meru – often referred to as the ‘little brother’ of Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. A daily treat was waking up to the sight of the majestic mountains and the cool crisp morning air tinged with the smoky smell of burning wood. With its very calming vibe, Arusha was a good location for AGN’s third assembly.


African Youth in Philanthropy and the AGN Conference

The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) held its third Biennial Assembly in Arusha, Tanzania on 1st-3rd July, 2015. Themed “Philanthropy in Africa 2015 – People, Policy and Practice”, it brought together leaders in the field to discuss actions that will contribute to and sustain the growth of African economies. The program focused on incorporating contributions from by critical constituencies such as women and youth. To this end, the first African Youth in Philanthropy Conference was hosted before the event by WINGS member Global Alliance for Development Foundation, and Nexus Africa.