||The Non-Profit Role in South Africa
In the mid-1980s the Mott Foundation’s Board of Trustees, like many other public and private institutions at the time, decided to stop investing in companies that benefited from South Africa’s apartheid system. Following that decision, the Foundation initiated exploratory grantmaking in 1988 to help South African citizens achieve their decades-long struggle for democracy.
In the years since, Mott has strengthened its support of South Africa’s new democracy and broadened its scope of interest. Grants have funded initiatives as diverse as supporting advice offices that assist rural citizens in understanding their rights, training teachers to address racism in schools, and promoting the establishment of community foundations. Mott also has provided financial support for groups working to make tax laws more favorable for donors and nonprofit organizations, and staff has testified before a South African parliamentary committee about the benefits of such changes.
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