If you’re at a loss of what to give or what to do this festive season, consider giving your time or donating in the name of a loved one. Here we outline the eleven charities supported by The Giving Organisation, with a cause for everyone. The organisation was founded by Dawie Crous, who discovered his passion for giving back after donating a kidney to his brother and coming into contact with CHOC, and aims to bring about continuous income for the organisations, trusts and foundations.

With patrons like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Princess Charlene of Monaco, it’s easy to see why the organisation has built quite a following, with companies like Sanlam getting involved as well.

Donations can be made directly or through the Giving Organisation, and in many cases just leaving a legacy or donating your time can make an impact.

Shop for Good

To support its Blue Ladder Schools project – which partners with schools, educators and communities across the country to improve maths tuition, nutrition and upgrade key facilities – Sanlam set up Shop for Good: a catalogue of school essentials, which allows the public to instantly donate towards creating enabling learning spaces in Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools. All donations count and go towards critical things like sanitation, infrastructure, nutrition and bolstering school leadership.

The Shop for Good project makes it easy to give back, by enabling you to use SnapScan debit/credit card to instantly donate towards school essentials.

Visit shopforgood.co.za for more information on the project.

National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA)

Including 97 societies across SA, the NSPCA proactively works to prevent animal cruelty. It enforces more than 90% of animal welfare legislation, while also actively uplifting local communities through welfare initiatives.

There are many ways to help out, from making a pledge or adopting a project, to shopping to support the cause or choosing to leave a legacy.

Visit nspca.co.za for more information on how you can take a stand against animal cruelty and help improve animal welfare.


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Africa Foundation

This foundation empowers rural areas – especially those in conservation regions – through various initiatives like the building of schools and clinics, offering of bursaries, and small business development, across five countries. These initiatives are managed and sustained by the communities, alongside government leadership.

Donating to this cause is the perfect gift idea for those who love to help. When donating on behalf of someone special, Africa Foundation sends a note or gift certificate via email to your loved one.

Vist africafoundation.org.za for more information on how to support this project.

Wildlife & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA)

Focusing on ensuring environmental sustainability now and for future generations, WESSA is particularly concerned with the equitable management of natural resources, by raising societal awareness and working with communities. Operating in the sectors of water, waste, biodiversity and energy, it promotes collaborative partnerships to enforce positive change.
To help, join WESSA, volunteer your time, leave a donation or a legacy.

Visit wessa.org.za for more information on this cause.


Committed to research, prevention, early detection and care in order to reduce the impact of cancer in all communities, CANSA offers multiple services to cancer patients and their families. One in four South Africans is affected by cancer and CANSA plays a pivotal role in providing support and promoting health.

Consider giving a gift to CANSA to mark a special occasion, or as a way to make a difference.

Visit cansa.org.za for more information on the Cancer Association of South Africa.


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CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation

CHOC is SA’s only organisation that provides comprehensive countrywide support for children and teens with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders, along with their families. From treatment to practical, financial and emotional support, CHOC helps to make the journey of cancer easier. It also provides training and education to raise awareness of the warning signs of childhood cancer.

You can help support CHOC through donations, payroll giving or nominating it as your chosen charity as part of Woolworths’ MySchool, MyVillage, MyPlanet fundraising programme

Visit choc.org.za for more information on this foundation.

The South African Red Cross Society

With the mission to identify, prevent and alleviate human suffering – including children’s suffering – and to foster dignity in all communities, Red Cross brings relief and comfort to those in crisis.

Make your mark by shopping at the Red Cross store, or by making a donation.

Visit redcross.org.za for more information on how you can help foster human dignity.


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The African Children’s Feeding Scheme (ACFS)

ACFS provides meals to 31 000 children every day, in Gauteng. This makes a huge difference to many underprivileged communities.

You can help through online donations, shopping a selection of lovely craft items, visiting a centre or leaving a legacy.

Visit acfs.org.za for more information on how the ACFS changes lives,

The Ithemba Trust

This trust provides care facilities and pre-primary education for children and infants, and runs the Bright Stars Safe House as well as Bulelani Daycare Centre and Lilitha Creche.

You can help this trust though donations or the gifting of educational equipment and supplies, mattresses, blankets and food. The trust is also currently seeking a minibus or MPV.

For more information on this trust visit ithemba-trust.org.za.


All about ‘igniting potential through play’, this non-profit assists children – especially those affected by HIV/Aids – through a number of Early Childhood Development Programmes. These include toy libraries, capacity building programmes and early learning playgroups.

You can get involved at Cotlands by making a donation – you can choose to ‘donate your birthday’, for example.

For more information on this project visit cotlands.org.za


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The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF)

DTHF amalgamates rigorous research with community-driven development to prevent and treat HIV, tuberculosis and related infections. To do so, it runs various innovative programmes like the Youth Centre, ‘Tutu Tester’, adult HIV education programme and SA’s first online postgraduate diploma in TB-HIV medicine (in partnership with UCT).

You can support this foundation either through donations, or by using the Woolworths’ My School, My Village, My Planet initiative.

Visit desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za for more information on how you can help this foundation.

You can also also support all these charities by giving The Giving Organisation a gift this festive season through its Donation Platform via Givengain.com.


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