Welcome to the Poor Philanthropist

Let me introduce my site

In this site I hope that my passion for community and African philanthropy – a field I have worked in over a decade – comes through.


This site pulls together into one place the concepts and practical philanthropy tools I have created and worked on.  They largely draw on a PhD study and a six year Ford Foundation inquiry, both carried out at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.  Little did I know that when I started this work over a decade ago, it would result in a number of contributions that  have been well received nationally, regionally and internationally:

These influences detailed in this site fall into three main areas:

  • Conceptualising community philanthropy  as  “vertical” and  well as “horizontal”;
  • Developing an empirical evidence base for African Philanthropy.
  • Expanding the community philanthropy toolkit.

This site introduces each area, and points to the relevant PDF documents for more information.

Social Development

In addition to the above focus on philanthropy, there is a section called social development. Here I detail a broader set of the skills and experience I can offer development organisations as a senior social development advisor with 22 years of working with international development agencies.