Dear Alumni and Friends of UKZN,
The UKZN Foundation is the relationship building and fundraising arm of the University. We work closely with the Alumni Relations Office in reaching out to Alumni and encouraging them to support their alma mater.
We have adopted the tagline - "Enabling Greatness at UKZN". Because that is precisely the role of the UKZN Foundation: to source donations which enable UKZN's students and staff to both inspire and aspire to greatness. We strive to build relationships and encourage philanthropic investment in UKZN to fill the breach between the income we receive from government and students which funds our core operations, and the vision we aspire to. The donations we receive for UKZN fund our excellence and enable us to explore, innovate and discover in ways that may change our world.
UKZN is the Premier University of African Scholarship and embodies the ethos, aspirations and ideals of an African continent asserting its excellence in the knowledge economy. The University’s 100 year history captures the richness of its social diversity and the heritage of the political transformation to democracy. As a world-class, highly-ranked research institution, its excellent teaching and learning record is complemented by value-adding community engagement.
The UKZN Foundation Trust enables the University to strive for excellence in its teaching, learning and community engagements or more simply, it enables greatness at UKZN. We are managed by an independent Board of Trustees which provides donors the assurance of the highest standards of corporate governance as well as the benefits associated with a non-profit and public-benefit organisation including tax relief, where applicable. In the 75 years of the Trust’s existence, we have effectively harnessed the synergy between the academic community and the donor community and facilitated the philanthropic goals and social investment objectives of a wide range of donors.
Our goal this year is to reach out and engage more effectively with our broader community - the businesses, communities and individuals of UKZN. We will be trying to keep Alumni updated on our activities through an on-line newsletter, and also encourage you to visit our newly re-launched website at www.ukznfoundation.org where you can view our projects and, should you wish to support UKZN, make an online donation to enable needy students to follow in your footsteps and obtain a degree from your alma mater, UKZN.