what we do

Nation Builder inspires and equips businesses to lead social change by facilitating cross-sector learning and co-creating social impact resources. Established by Mergon in 2008, Nation Builder was borne out of a steadfast belief in the future of South Africa and in business’ powerful role in affecting 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 South Africa. It is a platform that brings like-minded businesses and civil society together in order to learn from each other and to partner for the greatest possible impact through wise and strategic social investing.

By interacting with the Nation Builder network, using our resources and tools, and gaining insight from our not-for-profit partners, you can ensure that your business is an impactful force for good. You will not only build a more profitable business, but also build towards a more prosperous South Africa.

Nation Builder is part of Mergon, a private investment group that uses 70% of its proceeds to impact lives, and seeks to equip others to do the same.

PBO number: #930045262. NPO reference: #127-953 NPO. B-BBEE rating: Level 1 



Nation Builder provides free, best-in-industry resources and assessments, an online peer-learning community, and collaborative face-to-face learning opportunities with like-minded businesses.

This collaborative learning and knowledge sharing requires a holistic view where NPOs, businesses, and communities on the ground contribute to the richness of the content.

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Nation Builder NPO partners are organisations that excel in social impact. They are thought-leaders from whom the Nation Builder business community can learn through cross-sector collaboration. They are bona fide partners in building towards a greater, more empowered and prosperous South Africa.

It is for this reason that these NPO partners are seen and positioned as peers alongside the business community, sharing knowledge and leading insight to better equip us all in ensuring the greatest impact through social investment partnerships.

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We’re excited that you’re interested in finding out more about how Nation Builder is contributing towards building a more prosperous South Africa!

By signing up, you will receive our Newsletter and a weekly email for six weeks which will give you a clear overview of what we do. This includes more information about our collaboration gatherings and Business X-Changes, as well as access to our online peer-learning community and practical resources in the form of downloadable documents, videos, webinars and podcasts, and much more

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