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Charities Aid Foundation: South Africa Giving 2017

Despite challenging economic circumstances, the South Africa Giving 2017 report reveals that individuals in South Africa – particularly the younger generation – continue to give of their time and money to assist individuals and communities in need.

Detailing the different ways that people in South Africa donate and volunteer, this report covers how much money on average is donated by individuals, which causes people give to, how people like to give, as well as what motivates people to give.


Our analysis provides these key findings for individual giving in South Africa:

  • Around eight in ten people surveyed (81%) have given money in the past 12 months, either to a charity, to a church or religious organisation, or by sponsoring someone.
  • Individual donors said they are most likely to give money because they believe they can make a difference, and because they want to help those less fortunate than themselves.
  • Amongst those who donated in the past 4 weeks, the typical (median) donation was R500.
  • The most common method of donating was via a donation box in a supermarket/shop, which 40% of those surveyed had used.
  • Six in ten people surveyed have volunteered in the past 12 months (61%), 49% have done so for a church or religious organisation, 45% for an NPO/charity and 45% for a community organisation.
  • The most popular cause amongst donors (58%) and volunteers (43%) was helping the poor.
  • Having more money themselves is the thing most likely to encourage those surveyed to donate more time, goods or money in the coming 12 months (53%).

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