Our History

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian non-profit organization that provides grants and capacity building services to civil society organizations (CSOs) so as to enhance their effectiveness in enabling engagement of citizens in development processes. It was established by development stakeholders in Tanzania.

FCS was established and registered in September 2002 and started operations in January 2003. The journey for Foundation for Civil Society involved many development stakeholders including the government and development partners (DPs) who agreed that there was a lack of public resources to support civil society and hence explored the intent of setting up an alternative mechanism for providing grants and capacity building services to grassroots civil society organisations across Tanzania, both in the Mainland and in Zanzibar. It is governed by an independent Board.

FCS enables citizens to become a strong driving force for change in improving the democratic governance of Tanzania, in fighting poverty and in achieving a better quality life for all. It has indeed grown from an idea to a strong institution. In 15 years of our operations, we have mobilised over Tshs 200 billion from Development Partners and invested in enabling more than 5,000 CSOs countrywide to implement various projects that address many social development challenges in communities of all regions of Tanzania, mainland and in the Isles (Zanzibar). We have reached over 30 million Tanzanians for tvhe past one and a half decades making us the only grant issuing organisation with an extensive reach in the grassroots. The number of CSOs engaged and the total value of our resources invested to strengthen them make us one of the biggest non-profit grant making institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Who We Are

Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian non-profit organization that provides grants and capacity building services to civil society organizations (CSOs) so as to enhance their effectiveness in enabling engagement of citizens in development processes. It was established by development stakeholders in Tanzania.


The Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) is an independent Tanzanian Not-For-Profit Development Organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzania based Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It is currently one of the biggest, and main sources of funding to Tanzanian CSOs – thereby (in) directly enabling CSOs and citizens become key driving forces for positively influencing democratic governance in Tanzania and better quality of life for all. FCS is thus an intermediary support mechanism for CSOs in Tanzania and seeks to enable the latter’s effective engagement in poverty reduction initiatives in ways that are complementary to government and Development…

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Vision

Empowered and responsible Tanzanians realize social economic justice and improved quality of life.

Mission

To contribute to sustainable development in Tanzania through civil society strengthening, policy influencing and enhancing a learning culture.

Core Values

Ideals that guide the FCS include: Inclusion, Integrity, Learning, Excellence, Accountability and Gender Equality.

Governance

Edna Chilimo
Capacity Development
Guesturd Haule
Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning
Francis Uhadi
Nasim Losai
Business Development and Partnerships
Ayubu Masaki
Finance and Operations
Dr. Stigmata Tenga
President
Alais Morindat
Member
Mary Rusimbi
Member
Prof. Samuel Wangwe
Member
Rakesh Rajani
Member
Olive Luena
Member
Francis Kiwanga
Secretary to the Board
Sosthenes Sambua
Chairperson
Joyce Kafanabo
Director
Fredrick Msigallah
Director
Nesia Mahenge
Director
Patrick Maro Kohi
Director
Ally Laay
Director
Munira Hamoud
Director
Evelyn Mchau
Karin Rupia
Georgina Lundi
Yonah Lyimo
Nemes Maro
Imran Sherali
Rehema Malongo
Tusekile Anangisye
Bertha Ngwada
Neil Ngala
Bartholomew Mbiling’i
Shamsia Manu
Maria Sikauka Chang’a
Basil Lema
Nicholaus Mhozya
Josephine Dungumaro
Lydia Bwenda
Sarah Masenga