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Media Alert issued by Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement – Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, has invited Chris Page, Senior Vice President for Donor Services at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) in New York, to speak to South African banks and wealth management services companies about how best to support their clients’ philanthropic activities. The Inyathelo Philanthropy Symposium will take place in Cape Town on the 13th of February 2012.

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors is one of the world’s largest philanthropic service organisations and manages over US$200 million in grants each year to nearly 70 countries. The non-profit organisation was developed by the Rockefeller family as its private philanthropy service, and traces its roots to John D. Rockefeller, Sr., who in 1891 began to professionally manage his philanthropy “as if it were a business.”

Philanthropy has attracted much international interest and prominence since high profile American billionaires Warren Buffet and Bill Gates pledged to commit more than half their fortunes to good causes. Their campaign to convince others to do the same has created an awareness around the world and philanthropic activity is now becoming an integral part of financial planning.

The aim of the Inyathelo symposium is to discuss the new global culture of giving, philanthropic trends and how to encourage clients to become active in philanthropy.

Chris Page is available for media interviews on Monday, 30 January 2012. To make arrangements or to find out more about the symposium, please contact Amanda Bloch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her on 082-377 3458.

More about Chris Page ...

Chris is the Senior Vice President for Donor Services at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), a non-profit professional services organisation based in New York. RPA advises on or manages over US$200 million in grant-making annually.

Chris leads staff dedicated to helping individual donors, charitable institutions and corporate foundations to develop strategies, manage grant-making programmes and assess their impact. He and his team administer dynamic and innovative programmes in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Chris leads RPA’s donor outreach programmes in Africa and Europe as well as its social investing practice. He chairs the Advisory Committee of the Gateway Financial Innovations for Savings (GAFIS) project, an effort to engage selected financial institutions in the development of savings products for the poor and unbanked in Colombia, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa.

With over 30 years of non-profit leadership experience, his career has been largely focused on issues of poverty alleviation, community development and family financial security. Prior to joining RPA, Chris served in the Ford Foundation’s rural poverty and economic development programmes with a portfolio that included public-private partnerships and programme-related investments. He also co-founded the foundation’s Affinity Group on Development Finance, an 11-country research and grant-making collaborative.

Chris serves as a Trustee of the Carbon Disclosure Project, a UK-based non-profit global climate change reporting system utilized by over 3,000 organisations in 60 countries. He chairs the board of Community Resource Group, Inc., a US non-profit organisation that develops safe drinking water, affordable housing and consumer finance services in poor rural communities.

Chris holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University.

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