An Overview of Civic Participation and Giving Trends in South Africa.
Charities Aid Foundation Global Alliance

About This Report

The South Africa Giving 2019 report, produced by CAF Global Alliance, provides unique insight into how people give, their motivations and which causes they support.

This is the second edition of this unique collection of country reports, which also includes reports covering Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, India, Russia, the United States, and the UK. As the series grows we will be able to look at trends in giving for the first time: why and how people of different ages and social groups give in different countries; the way they give and who they give to, as well as gaining a better understanding of people’s participation in social and civic activities beyond financial donations and volunteering.

The suite of reports gives us a greater understanding than ever before of the different ways in which people give and the lessons we can all learn from giving in different parts of the world.

Key Findings

  • In 2018, people in South Africa continue to give at the same rate seen in 2017. Eight in ten (80%) have given money in the past 12 months, either to an NPO/charity, to a church or religious organization, or by sponsoring someone.
  • The most popular cause to give to is helping the poor (55% of donors).
  • People who said that they donated in the last four weeks typically gave the same amount as they did in 2017 – R500.
  • Cash is overwhelmingly the most common method of donation, with almost three quarters (73%) of donors using this method to give.
  • Women are more likely to have donated than men (86% vs. 74%), but when they do give, men are more likely to make bigger donations (R1,884 vs. R1,256 for women).
  • Two thirds (66%) of people have volunteered in the past 12 months, with religious organizations being the most popular cause (44% of volunteers).
  • Two-thirds of people (66%) have taken part in a civic activity in the past 12 months, in particular signing a petition and taking part in a local consultation.
  • Reflecting the high participation rates in South Africa, the majority of those surveyed believe that nonprofit organizations (NPOs) have had a positive impact on their local communities, on South Africa as a whole, and internationally.
  • While younger donors are much more likely than their older counterparts to report being influenced by giving behaviors in their family, only 15% of 18-24-year-olds say that this is a reason why they give. 18-24-year-olds are significantly more likely than average to say that their motivation for donating is realizing that they can make a difference (64% vs. 56% overall).
  • Having more money themselves is the thing most likely to encourage people to donate more time, goods or money in the coming 12 months (50%).

To read the full report, visit CAF's website or view the document below. Download the infographic here.