Constitutionalism Fund

The Constitutionalism Fund is The Joint Fund to promote and advance Constitutionalism in South Africa. The Constitutionalism Fund is a collaboration between The Atlantic Philanthropies (represented now by the Social Change Initiative), the Ford Foundation and The Open Society Foundations, with a combined investment of US$25 million to be spent on grantmaking over a ten-to-twelve-year period.


Bertha Foundation

Bertha Foundation fights for a more just world. The Foundation envisions a society in which activists build collective power, stories come from many different voices and the law is used as a tool for justice.

Bertha Foundation supports activists, storytellers and lawyers who are working to bring about social and economic justice and equal rights for all. While powerful on their own, the Foundation has learned that – if given the resources to connect and collaborate – their combined power is much greater than the sum of its parts.

With support from Bertha Foundation and as a member of the global Bertha Justice Network, EELC hosts Bertha Justice Fellows to train the next generation of human rights and movement lawyers in pursuit of social justice. The Bertha Justice Fellowship Program provides two-year fellowships to emerging lawyers at the best public interest law centres around the world and aims to train 1,000 lawyers in the next ten years.


Claude Leon Foundation

The Claude Leon Foundation is a South African charitable trust, resulting from a bequest by Claude Leon (1884 – 1972).


Sigrid Rausing Trust

Sigrid Rausing Trust is a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £191.9 million to human rights organisations all over the world. The Trust runs nine programmes and it makes grants according to these programmes. The programmes are: 1) Advocacy, Research and Litigation, 2) Detention, Torture and Death Penalty, 3) Human Rights Defenders, 4) Free Expression, 5) Transitional Justice, 6) Women’s Rights, 7) LGBTI Rights, 8) Xenophobia and Intolerance and 9) Transparency and Accountability.


Open Society Foundation For South Africa

The Open Society Foundation is a grant making foundation founded by George Soros in April 1993 to promote the ideal of an open society in South Africa; an ideal which includes democracy, a market economy, a strong civil society, respect for minorities and tolerance for divergent opinions.

The foundation has been established in the conviction that the collapse of a closed, apartheid society will not lead automatically to the emergence of an open society in South Africa. In its work the foundation encourages new approaches and ideas that contribute to the creating of an open society in South Africa. The foundaton is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.


Elma Foundation

Supported by ELMA Philanthropies, the ELMA Foundation invests in organisations that improve the lives of children in Africa. One of the focus areas of the foundation is an investment in Early Childhood Development to improve quality early childhood care and education in in Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.

ELMA Philanthropies provides philanthropic advisory services to the ELMA Group of Foundations.


Cameron Schrier Foundation

The Cameron Schrier Foundation supports non-profit organizations primarily in the U.S. and South Africa. Since its inception in 2006, the Foundation has worked to develop young leaders, promote education equity, encourage an active civil society, support educational institutions, and help communities and individuals in need.


Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa

The Heinrich Böll Foundation (HBF) is a political institution affiliated to – but independent from – the German Green Party. The Foundation’s foremost task is to support citizen participation that seeks to deepen democracy and social justice. This includes advocacy and action to uphold human rights, promote pro-poor development that is environmentally sustainable, realise gender equality as well as protect the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power. The foundation works in more than 30 countries worldwide.