The Dainfern College Foundation was established in 2012 with the primary objective of providing a constant flow of funding for the school by raising capital and investing the funds as an endowment to generate interest with which to build the Dainfern College of the future.
In its short history, the Foundation has embraced the necessity to become a more dynamic entity that focuses strongly on relevant, basic needs that affect the education of our children, both at Dainfern College and our partner schools in previously disadvantaged communities, in order to increase the impact of our educational facility on the world around us.
The Dainfern College Foundation is a separate registered trust managed by a Board of Trustees. The Foundation has Public Benefit Organisation status and can therefore issue tax exemption certificates to all its donors. It operates a separate bank account to that of the school, and is audited on an annual basis. The Foundation is a level 4 contributor to BEE.
The Foundation Board of Trustees, working under the authority of the Board of Governors of the College, drives the strategic funding plan and ensures fiduciary governance of the Foundation. The Board is chaired by Mrs Zanele Ngwepe.
The Foundation focuses on three pillars:
(1) Community: Striving at all times to be a trusted and committed member of our wider community, demonstrating good citizenry to ensure the College is not regarded as remote, uncaring or elitist. Our Outreach programme activities are examples of these actions.
(2) Campus: Augmenting facilities at the College so that the College infrastructure can support its education mandate without sole reliance on parents’ fees, thus enabling us to excel in every facet of education: academic, sport and culture. Fundraising for capital projects is an example.
(3) Continuity: Ensuring that there is a replenishing of ‘best of breed’ leaders and teachers to continue our reputation for excellence, and that there is steady long-term income to support the College through the establishment of a College Endowment Fund. Internships and teacher in-service bursaries are examples.
There are many ways to become involved with and support the work of the Foundation:
(1) Volunteering: We have many community-focused initiatives that rely on time and assistance from volunteers. Please contact our Head of Foundation, Ms Lindokuhle Maluleke, to find out how you can get involved with one of our projects.
(2) Donations in kind: In-kind donations and services are greatly appreciated as they enable us to control costs. Contributing non-perishable food and reusable shopping bags to our Feeding Scheme, or books, clothing and shoes for children in our partner schools, are ways in which our community can assist.
(3) Monetary donations: The longevity and quality of any great school can only be guaranteed if it has satisfactory financial resources. School fees are an important part of funding at Dainfern College but are not enough to support projects that will have a lasting impact. Funding for the Dainfern College Foundation is sought through once-off, monthly or annual donations as well as bequests.
Funds and donations in kind can be contributed for dedicated projects within a specific area or for general investment and use, at the discretion of the trustees. Donations are tax deductible in terms of Section 18 A of the Income Tax Act and as a Public Benefit Organisation, we can offer a tax certificate for your donation.
Please click here to complete a Pledge Form: each contribution reinforces Dainfern College’s position as a world-class centre of educational excellence that is impacting the world around us.