About the Fund

At the African Visionary Fund, our mission is to drive more funding to African visionaries to accelerate their impact.

African visionaries are achieving remarkable impact by partnering with communities to build accessible health infrastructure, inclusive education systems, strong local economies, and equitable societies

But grant-making is often biased and unjust. Foreign-led organizations in Africa still receive the bulk of funding at the expense of local organizations. 

In fact, in 2018, local and national NGOs received just 0.4 percent directly of all international humanitarian assistance, just a 0.1 percent increase since 2016.

Only 5.4% of the US$9 billion dollars in grants from US foundations directed to Sub-Saharan Africa went to local organizations.

Proximity matters in improving lives. African visionaries are best positioned to deliver impact because they live, go to school, access healthcare, and are deeply rooted in the communities they serve—they understand them, know what works and what doesn’t and can collaborate with them to design creative and cost-effective interventions. 

By trusting these visionaries with catalytic, unrestricted funding, we are propelling their impactful solutions even further as they drive systems change and transform development across the continent. 

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By giving to the African Visionary Fund, you are funding African visionaries who are deeply rooted in the communities they serve, and who will ensure that the hopes and aspirations of those communities inform the solutions being developed—and not the other way around.