The Univen Foundation is a registered Trust which exists for the sole
purpose of advancing the interests of the University. The day to day operation
of the Foundation is overseen by the Development Officer and the Secretary
who reports to the Boards of Trustees and Governors, who delegate everyday
line management responsibility for the Foundation to the Vice-Chancellor
and Director of Communications and Marketing.
The University of Venda Foundation is a registered non-profit organization
which exists to mobilise resources for the development of the University
to achieve the objectives and the goals as set by the University Council.
The Foundation reports to the Council of the University of Venda.
The Foundation, given the magnitude and urgency of the challenges faced
by the University in recent years embarked on a one Billion rand capital
campaign to raise resources for buildings, teaching and research, living
space, human capital – endowed chairs in key areas, teaching and research
equipment. This is the undoubtedly, the biggest campaign in South African
The goal of the Foundation is to establish a platform for sustainable
giving to the University for generations to come. To realise the above goals
the Foundation aligns its activities with that of the University’s
strategic priorities and key developmental needs. The involvement of key
constituencies in advancement, building a better diversified and more sustainable
donor base is key in achieving the said objectives.
To support the University's status as a comprehensive university to mobilise
resource to run the Univen Foundation.
The mission of the Foundation is to secure investment in the development
of the University. This is achieved by procuring bequests, endowments, grants
and gifts that advance the strategic objectives of the University and to
satisfy the objectives of its partners and benefactors.
Values and ethics
The Foundation subscribes to the values of the University. Their staffs
is committed to exemplifying the best qualities of Univen, pursue the highest
standards of personal and professional conduct, and to observing the code
of ethics which is outlined in the strategic document of the University.
The core business of the Univen Foundation is to promote, and seek external
resources for, the development of the University; that is, for the establishment
of new physical infrastructure, new scholarship and bursary schemes, and
any other initiatives that serve to build and strengthen the University
and assists it to meet its strategic goals.
The Foundation is responsible for University-wide fundraising priorities
and projects. Realising that the donors' interests may be focused on a specific
program or unit, the Foundation also encourages University units to develop
fundraising projects and to build relationships directly with their donors.
The Foundation provides fundraising coordination and implementation, serves
as the steward for contributions, upholds the highest standards of fiscal
responsibility and investment management. These efforts are conducted in
relation to the donors' expressed wishes as well as the instructional, scholarship,
and public service pursuits of the University.
The Foundation prioritises infrastructural development projects that are
responsive to societal, economic and technological needs and problems, it
aims to advance human, environmental and global well-being, and are of immediate
relevance or benefit to the local, national and regional communities served
Univen Foundation strives to:
- To raise R1b towards the development of the university’s key
- To raise resources to fund expensive teaching equipment
- To raise resources to support capacity building
- To build an endowment fund to support future expansion
- To mobilise resources for student bursary
- To set bequest program
- To build a sustainable endowment fund
- Capital campaign
- Corporate relations building
- Student bursaries campaign
- Endowment fund
Thank for your interest in making a gift to Univen from our Alumni, parents,
professionals ,parents, friends, schools, administrators and staff, are
critical to our ability to contribute in our mission to provide a world
class educational experience for our exceptionally bright and talented students.
There are number of convenient options for making your gift to Univen.
You can use your credit card, debit card or cheque account to make a gift
using our secure form or you can use a variety of other ways. Please use
the link at the left to find out more about how you direct your gift to
- Automated recurring payments
This will enable you to make automatic, recurring gifts to Univen of the
amount you choose and the frequency of giving. It provides you with the
opportunity to make annual contribution in instalments by authorizing payments
to be made directly from accounts
- Payroll deduction
Univen employees can make charitable contribution to the University by payroll
deduction. To enrol, fill out an authorization form and sent it to Univen
- Matching gifts
You may be able to multiply the value of your gift by participating in matching
gift program provided by Univen, Univen will match employee contribution
at a rate of 1:1, 2:1 or even greater.
- Endowment Fund
An endowment campaign is a fund-raising campaign that raises money for an
organization to invest rather than spend. The proceeds from an endowment
campaign are placed in an endowment fund, the income from which is used
by the organization to meet ongoing expenses, cover capital expenditures,
or fund special projects and programs.
For more information on Endowment Funds click here
Areas to Give to
- By schools
- University wide
- Disabled Student Unit
- Infrastructure campaign
- Student Financial assistance
Special gift opportunity
This is particularly good news for high-income taxpayers. Because your gift
to or donation to charitable distribution will be excluded from your taxable
income, it can prevent you from being subject to the new higher income tax
rate. And because the distribution is simply excluded from income –
rather than claimed
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Univen Foundation is a non-profit organisation set up by the statute of the University of Venda to mobilise resources, cash or in kind to support the developmental needs of the University, be it infrastructure, of student financial assistance, community engagement projects.
Your donation to any of the above will go a long way to assist us to realise our objectives.
The Foundation is proud to say that over the years, it has through corporates, Seta’s, Provincial and National governments, individuals supported a number of projects both in and outside the University.
Your gift/donation will go to fund or assist innovative programmes or projects that will:
- Provide financial assistance to the needy students who come from disadvantaged family background.
- Prevent students from dropping out of the system due to financial challenges.
- Enable students with disability to access special equipment required to complete their studies.
- Provide an environment conducive for learning.
- Fund infrastructure development.
- Fund expensive teaching equipment.
Your donation is 100% tax deductible and you can utilise one of the following ways to give:
- Sign up for a monthly donation, of a minimum of R100.
- Choose from worthy infrastructure projects.
- Send a tribute gift, a great way to honour a student or assistive device for the students with disabilities.
Account Name : Univen Foundation
Bank : Standard Bank
Branch : Thohoyandou
Account number : 031 434 681
Branch code : 052- 849
Further details contact email@example.com for further details or phone 015-962 8621
1. Mr Mashudu Ramano
Executive Chairperson: Terraccotta Resources
84 Jan Smuts Avenue
2. Prof. Eric Neluheni
97 Sunny Road
Postnet Suit 455
Private Bag x2
Prof. E. Neluheni
Head of Joint Department Orthopaedic
Polokwane provincial hospital
3. Ms Evangelinah Shirley Mabusela
Chairperson :University of Venda Council
P.O. box 1520
6902 Maile Street
4. Mr Christo Christowitz
Director: Integrated tertiary Software (ITS)
Corner Bushbuck Squirrel Road
5. Ms Pat Senne
No.18 Harrowdene Office Park
6. Khosi M.J. Masia
Council representative on the Board of Governors of the Univen Foundation
No.2 Leew Avenue
Corner Leew & Marshal Street
(Next to Sentra Fauna Park Polokwane
7. Prof. P.A. Mbati
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
University of Venda
8. Dr J.J. Zaaiman
Deputy Vice Chancellor Operations
University of Venda
9. Mr T.V. Dzaga
Director: Communication and Marketing
University of Venda
10. Mrs N.F Dhumazi
University of Venda
11. Dr M.N. Lidovho
University of Venda Legal Adviser
12. Mr T.E. Maphangwa
Univen Foundation Accountant
13. Mr Bali. Makhado