Ann Bown

Ann Bown is a semi-retired non-profit management consultant in fundraising and good governance and a trainer with over 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector in South Africa and Africa.  She remains committed to civil society organisations and is undertaking a review of the Non-Profit Organisations Amendment Bill andthe General Laws Bill with activist of the NPO Working Group.

Over the years Ann has consulted to awide range of organisations from grass-root organisations like Ikageng Old Age Relief in Sharpville to international aid agencies such as theUNDP, UNWomen, IFRC, FHI360 and more. 

She was a senior associate of Brakeley Limited, a London based international fundraising consultancy, with over 100 years experience in the art of raising funds globally.

Initiatives in Education

Ann is a Fellow of theSouthern Africa Institute of Fundraising and served as President for threeterms. During her tenures she established SAIF Education and Training and trained a number of facilitators and students in Resource Mobilisation andFundraising - more than 300 people participated in this course. Ann negotiated, on behalf of SAIF,  TheFundamentals of Fundraising course with the Association of FundraisingProfessionals (AFP).  

She was a guest lecturer at GIBS (the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University ofPretoria) in Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship Programme .

On behalf of a clientAnn designed a course in Political Fundraising in Africa.

She has qualifications in fundraising and business management, public relations and was a registered SETA/SAQA facilitator and assessor of the FET Fundraising qualification.

Philanthropy initiatives

During her second term as president Ann co-founded the Giving and Sharing Campaign - a SAIF initiative to highlight, honour and strengthen volunteerism and philanthropy in SouthAfrica.


Ann was a founding member of the Gauteng NPO Collaborative Dialogue forum for five years and an ambassador for the International Fundraising Congress (IFC/Resource Alliance)Eastern and Southern Africa.  


She served as a presiding officer on the Arbitration Panel of the NonProfit Organisations Directorate (NPO) for four years and was a member of the Department of Social Development's Ministerial Task Team. 

Ann has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and facilitated/lectured in capacity-buildingcourses; strategic planning, good governance, fundraising, brand development,and project management. 

Ann now resides inV ermont, Western Cape where she enjoys the splendours of the ocean, fynbos and mountains. She is currently a trustee of the Vermont Conservation Trust. Sheen joys doing pro-bono work with local organisations in underserved communities like Zwelihle.

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