How can you help?

Make a donation. Change a life.

Donate as an individual

We have found new opportunities for individuals to donate to youth development, giving rural students a way out of poverty. We appreciate every donation, no matter how big or small. All online donations are managed by a very capable, accredited non-profit organisation called GivenGain.

Should you wish to donate, here are your options for providing a life-changing opportunity for a young student:

  • Stationary and study materials grant: US$ 20 / R300
  • Book grant: US$50 / R750
  • Life skills seminar grant (financial knowledge, use of power, mental health, substance abuse prevention, social media): US$140 / R2,100
  • Laptop grant: US$200 / R3,000
  • Partial student support sponsorship: One year (US$4,200 / R63,000), or one month (US$350 / R5,250). This includes a significant contribution to tuition and accommodation fees, academic and mentoring support, book and food allowance, holiday work stipend, and attendance of a life skills seminar for one student. You may also select another amount.
  • Full student sponsorship: One year (US$ 8,400 / R126,000), or one month (US$ 700 / R10,500). This includes a significant contribution to tuition and accommodation fees, academic and mentoring support, book and food allowance, holiday work stipend, and attendance of a life skills seminar for one student. You may also select another amount.
  • Pick your own amount: Decide on the donation you would like to make, and pay it once-off or monthly!

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Donate as a corporation

Did you know that qualifying small enterprises (businesses with an annual turnover of between R10 and R50 million) can earn up to 20 Skills Development points on their BBBEE scorecard by donating to UYDF?

Read our fact sheet for more information.

As an organisation, we have 18A Income Tax status, which means that your donation is tax-deductible (South Africa only). We will provide you with a certificate in order to claim your donation from tax. Our financial records are audited annually and submitted to the Department of Social Welfare to maintain our non-profit status.

From an investment point of view, your donation is sustainable and competitive. While the cost of training 254 graduates (2015 graduate numbers) was R186 million, these graduates will pay R1,2 billion in personal income tax over their lifetime. To date, we have produced 385 health science graduates, of which 133 are doctors. Through our mentoring support programme, our students are achieving exceptional success - our university pass rate in 2018 was 92%, surpassing the national average of around 50%.

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Become a fundraiser

You may also decide to become a fundraiser on behalf of a student. We’ll be happy to provide you with further details of the impact of our work, including statistics to share with others, as well as additional information about an individual student that you may support.

Take a look at our new campaigns and change a life!

Thank you for your support - you are making a significant difference in a young person’s life!

Dr Gavin MacGregor
Director: Umthombo Youth Development Foundation