The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA) takes it social responsibility seriously and in 2003 established the PHASA Conservation Fund. Initially, the aim of the Fund was to promote and directly fund worthy conservation and research projects.

In 2005, the Fund extended its mandate, and its name was changed to the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund and at the end of 2019 to the PHASA Foundation. The Foundation promotes and supports conservation and research projects and the empowerment of individuals and communities, primarily through direct funding and through training and skills development programmes.

The Foundation is a registered, non-profit company and a Memorandum of Incorporation governs its management. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors and is subject to an annual audit (copies of the Foundation’s financials are available on request). The Foundation is income tax-exempt and issues Section 18(a) certificates in respect of donations received.

Projects:

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than R18 million to support important projects and organisations:

  • The funding of research projects, including the Cheetah Wildlife Research Project; Cape Mountain Zebra research project; Leopard Research Project; Lion Research Project;
  • Annual grants to Conservation Force, an international organization with main objectives being wildlife conservation, education and research
  • the Dallas Safari Club Frontline Foundation
  • Conservation-related PhD studies;
  • Professional hunter courses for students from previously disadvantaged communities;
  • The development of a rural school in KZN;
  • Donations in respect of anti-poaching projects towards EWT; Wildlands Conservation Trust and SANPARKS; K9, and Rhino anti-poaching programmes of WESSA, EWT, the Wildlands Conservation Trust, Zululand Rhino Reserve and SANParks;
  • Conservation related material for educational purposes to the The Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, and
  • Various Livelihoods projects.

Conservation Students at South African Wildlife College:

The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) in Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga, has trained more than 1 200 students from previously disadvantaged communities in conservation management. This training has been made possible through R11 million raised by the Foundation at the PHASA “African Wildlife Heritage Gala Dinner”.

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