The Steering Committee, staff and members of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (AGAG) extends our condolences to his family and the people of South Africa on the death of H. E. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
We celebrate his life and legacy and mourn his passing. He was a great human being who as a freedom fighter, statesman, and philanthropist worked tirelessly to champion the ideals of  freedom and social justice.
The roots of the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group are in the anti-apartheid movement as the South Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group (SAGAG), an initiative led by the Kaiser Family Foundation in the 1980s and 1990s.  Operating as an informal network, SAGAG galvanized philanthropic support for the movement by recruiting new funders and encouraging greater foundation engagement in the southern Africa region.
In 2000 SAGAG became the Africa Grantmakers' Affinity Group, signaling a more formal and expansive effort to keep the momentum of private philanthropy moving forward in even broader support of communities across the entire African continent. For more than a decade, AGAG has worked to promote robust, effective and responsive philanthropy benefitting African communities.
In our sadness at the passing of H. E. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, we reaffirm our commitment and vision of a world where African communities achieve their full potential.