Nation Builder

Nation Builder inspires and equips businesses towards greater social impact. Established by Mergon in 2008, it was born out of a steadfast belief in the future of South Africa and in business’ powerful role in effecting positive social change in our nation. Nation Builder is a not-for-profit trust dedicated to inspiring and equipping the private and corporate sectors to help spearhead socio-economic development and promote social cohesion in our nation.

Our Approach

Nation Builder provides free best-in-industry resources and tools, an interactive peer-learning community, and collaborative learning opportunities with like-minded businesses. This learning and knowledge sharing requires a holistic view where NPOs, businesses and communities on the ground contribute to the richness of the content.


A Space To Engage

Join regular Investor Collab sessions providing opportunities for valuable learning and peer support. Benefit from the experiences of other social investors and consultants to the sector.



Complete our Health Check – an assessment tool developed by a panel of experts to help you understand the impact and effectiveness of your social investment strategies.



Access social impact resources co-created in partnership with some of South Africa’s top social investment and development experts from within the Nation Builder community.

Latest news and articles

Why partnerships are key to Impact Management Reporting

Within the social impact sector, where Nation Builder serves, social investors and non-profit organisations (NPOs) recognise partnership as a core strategy to unlock sustainable social impact in South Africa. Building healthy, mutually beneficial partnerships between social investors and implementing organisations, however, takes time. Read this overview of Nation Builder's Impact Management Reporting Guideline to learn more about the key stages in fostering impactful partnerships.
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How to get unstuck: unlocking the power of systems thinking

In this article, Samuel Njenga, director of strategy & training at Systems Thinking Africa and a trusted partner to the Nation Builder community, invites us to look at old problems through new lenses and elevate our thinking through a systems approach to problem solving.

Disruption: resetting the now and gearing up for the next

In his talk entitled ‘Disruption: Resetting the now and gearing up for the next’ at Nation Builder's 7th Annual In Good Company Conference, CEO of The Strategists, Abdullah Verachia, gave his perspective on how to identify opportunities and capitalise on innovation amidst deep disruption.
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