Shelagh Gastrow has been involved in the philanthropic and civil society sectors through her work with GastrowBloch Philanthropies (2015-19) and her leadership of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement which she founded in Cape Town in 2002. She served as its Executive Director from 2002-2015.
Besides her advisory role in the philanthropy sector, Shelagh has had years of experience working with non-profit organisations and their leaders, particularly relating to organisational long-term financial sustainability and governance.
She has designed and delivered a range of programmes to strengthen university fundraising units as well as civil society organisations and has provided holistic advisory and mentoring services to leaders in the civil society sector, including support relating to strategy, financial sustainability and resilience, issues of accountability and the functionality of non-profit governing boards. In addition, she has written widely about philanthropy and the civil society sector in the media, has produced fundraising tool kits, governance booklets, how-to pocket-books and contributed to chapters in various publications.