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Welcome to Fundraising Projects

The Donor Relations Office coordinates all fundraising activities in support of the university’s strategic (infrastructure), priority (Access for Success) and community outreach projects.


 Fundraising Projects


There are three tiers to the various fundraising projects the Donor relations Office undertakes. Our priority projects, as a venerable educational institution, is to lend support to deserving students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study at UWC, hence our Access For Success campaign, which is primarily a bursary fund under the aegis of the Jakes Gerwel Education, Development and Endowment Fund.

UWC not only encourages and enables further study for those who would not normally be able to access it, we also actively engage in various community projects, through sport, academic outreach and the   various initiatives led by the Centre for the Performing Arts (CPA).

The erection of the Life Sciences Building in 2010 and the recently completed Chemistry Building are just two examples of the commitment UWC is making to rapidly improving its infrastructure on campus and Donor Relations is actively involved in sourcing and campaigning for funding for several key Infrastructure Projects

With UWC’s recent selection as a recipient of the Kresge Special Initiative Challenge Grant, the Donor Relations Office plays a key part in the fundraising efforts for new capital projects at the University.

While meeting the criteria for the bonus grant is of great significance, it does not diminish the efforts we make to raise funds for students in need (our Access for Success Programme), or our Community Projects

Kresge Special Initiative Challenge Grant 

UWC was recently selected by the Kresge Foundation to participate in the second Higher Education Special Initiative in South Africa. The core group of universities selected to participate in the second Kresge Challenge Grant initiative of 2012-2016 were invited to each submit five milestones per annum for this period. 

The Kresge Foundation will award a bonus grant of $50 000 for each successful year towards the advancement initiatives of the institution, if the annual milestones are met over the five-year period. 

The key milestones are:

• The new Chemical Science Building

• Refurbishing the J S Marais Hospital

• Stadium Upgrade

• Refurbishing the Old Life Sciences building

The department of Institutional Advancement works closely on this initiative with Inyathelo, the South African Institute for Advancement, which is the Kresge Foundation’s South African partner.

Click on the links above for more information on our various fundraising projects.​

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