The Kenya Philanthropy Forum (KPF) is a platform that seeks to strengthen coordination among philanthropy actors and other stakeholders; promote an enabling environment for philanthropy and heighten the recognition of the philanthropy sector in the national development agenda.
During the forum initial convenings, it was noted that there was a weak link between philanthropic institutions' interventions vis-à-vis national policy and community priorities. It was further noted that there are ongoing government efforts in engaging philanthropy groups thus a need to reinforce a collective voice within the philanthropy sector for similar engagements is key.
A giving survey undertaken in 2013 by the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) highlighted the Education sector as the biggest beneficiary of grants given by philanthropy organizations.
Despite considerably huge grants going towards education, there is an important need to review the efficacy and value addition of the philanthropy sector's interventions towards building the education sector in Kenya. This realization is increasingly prompting a reflection amongst philanthropic institutions to re-evaluate their interventions to ensure that their strategies leverage greater intersectoral synergies, aligns well to the national policy covering Education, and are meeting community needs.
It is on this basis that the Kenya Philanthropy Forum held the convening of Foundations and Trusts working in the Education sector, to establish the common areas of interest that the Forum will advance collectively in supporting the Education Sector.