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The MRF’s founding benefaction came from the partnership that Mr Mandela entered into with the Rhodes Trust in 2003. Since then, the MRF has benefited from the extraordinary generosity of major donors who have established further Mandela Rhodes Scholarships. These donors share our vision of equipping the next generation of leaders who will make meaningful positive change on the African continent.

Endowment Donors

These organisations and individuals have made significant donations to our endowment, covering the cost of one or more Mandela Rhodes Scholarships in perpetuity.

‘Creating any serious, new organisation is challenging. History teaches us that creating institutions that will endure is even more difficult … the MRF has achieved the objectives in terms of Mr Mandela’s and the Rhodes Trust’s ideals. More than a decade on, the future of the MRF has never been brighter or more exciting.’

‘The aspirations of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation and The Leverhulme Trust are in the happiest of resonance; the target itself remains as crucial and challenging as it ever was.’

‘The McCall MacBain Foundation is very proud to support the important role The Mandela Rhodes Foundation plays in offering unique opportunities for some of Africa’s most promising young leaders.’

‘OUP is committed to transformation and empowerment in South Africa and we believe that our innovative partnership with The Mandela Rhodes Foundation goes right to the heart of the spirit of transformation.’

‘This is a journey of a million steps and we look forward to contributing toward promoting The Mandela Rhodes Foundation’s principles of leadership, education, entrepreneurship and reconciliation.’

‘The Peter Cundill Foundation Trustees believe that their mission – Promoting the health, education and well-being of young people – fits very well with The Mandela Rhodes Foundation’s central purpose of building exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.’

‘We are investing in the success of future Mandela Rhodes Scholars. We are partnering with the MRF to help nurture future leaders, especially in the fields of maths and science. This partnership speaks of our commitment to SA and our drive to invest in education.’

‘46664 is delighted to be in a position to support the work of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in identifying and nurturing the next generations of young African leaders, distinguished by their excellence and their ethics.’

‘In the end it is about creating opportunities … opportunities to learn, to grow, to develop, to help our youth to become the best they can be.’

‘As the founding fathers of South African democracy and Sibanye Gold respectively, Nelson Mandela and Cecil John Rhodes have played a significant role in shaping the leaders of this country. We are pleased to be associated with The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.’

‘We are guided by the principle of creating a legacy of leaders and are committed to transformation and making a positive impact. We are proud to partner with The Mandela Rhodes Foundation – an organisation dedicated to making a difference to the futures of our young people.’

‘Unilever South Africa believes true change comes from long-term investment in our country’s young people. We are proud to continue Unilever’s legacy of supporting the development of tomorrow’s leaders through our partnership with the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.’

The Friends of The MRF (USA)

‘The Friends of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation (USA) wishes all at the Foundation and all the Mandela Rhodes Scholars, every success in their continuing endeavours in this important work for Africa.’

David Cohen

‘The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships represent the future I wish for Africa – education, leadership and civic society – together realising the potential of this great continent.’

The Hunter Foundation

‘Leadership is the key to Africa’s future and the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme plays a crucial role in developing the leaders of tomorrow from Africa, for Africa.’

Gary Lubner

‘It is a source of great pleasure to me that we have been able to bring into being, in the name of my family, an additional Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. I know that the beneficiaries will make the most of the opportunity.’

Shaun and Stefania Johnson

‘Our family is honoured to be associated with The Mandela Rhodes Foundation and delighted to play a small part in supporting the future leaders of Africa in their quest to become all that they aspire to be.’

Mandela Centenary donors

To celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the MRF attained the milestone of having 100 Mandela Rhodes Scholars in residence. The special donors who helped make these scholarships available are:

  • ABSA
  • Remgro
  • MediClinic
  • Peregrine
  • The Tom Qweba Memorial Fund
  • The Jakes Gerwel Family Trust
  • Chrysallis
  • Ranmore
  • McInroy & Wood
  • Astellon
  • Nedbank
  • Oxford University Press

General donors

These individuals and organisations have given generously to the programmes, projects and operations of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation itself.

  • De Beers Fund
  • Anglo American Chairman’s Fund
  • The McCall MacBain Foundation
  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation
  • The Royal Embassy of Norway
  • The Provincial Government of the Western Cape
  • Northam Platinum
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Derek Schrier & Cecily Cameron
  • The Foschini Group
  • Individual Rhodes Scholars
  • Anonymous Donors
  • Earthquake South Africa
  • Mandela Rhodes Place
  • Interpark South Africa
  • Compass Travel
  • Solomon Gallery
  • John Hughes
  • Treble Entertainment
  • World President’s Organisation
  • Guiseppe Ciucci
  • Amade
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Ronald Goldblatt
  • Bonhams
  • Isaac & Khumo Shongwe

How to donate

Do you want to support the work of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation? You can contribute to our endowment fund to create a scholarship in perpetuity, support a scholarship on an annual basis, or make a general donation to the Foundation. The MRF has donation vehicles in South Africa and America - please get in touch directly to donate from other areas.

Become an endowment partner

Support one or more Mandela Rhodes Scholars each and every year – in perpetuity.

These donors receive full recognition for their support through the partnering of our name with theirs in respect of the scholarship(s) they support. Furthermore, they are provided with the opportunity (but not obligation) to develop a relationship with the scholars they support. The capital commitment required to establish a single scholarship per year in perpetuity can be donated over a period of 5 years. Any donor wishing to become an Endowment Partner with the MRF on this basis should contact Operations Director Ernst Gerber directly. Email

Support an annually-funded scholarship

Fund the full cost for a single scholar, or number of scholars, on a year-to-year basis.

As in the case of Endowment partners, these donors also get similar recognition by the MRF and the opportunity to engage with the scholar(s) they support. Whilst donations can be paid via this US-based website – any donor wishing to support one (or more) scholars ‘in full’ should also contact our Operations Director Ernst Gerber directly. Email

Make a general donation

Donate any amount to support the work of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation.

Many of our donors are unable to fund an entire scholarship but still contribute towards the Mandela Rhodes Scholarships and Alumni Programming. We gratefully accept all contributions no matter how small. These are aggregated with other partial donations and, when they are sufficient to fund an additional scholarship we then add a further scholar to the cohort for that year, or fund our additional alumni programming. To donate in this way, please use the details below.

Donate now


Please donate via the King Baudouin Foundation.

South Africa and Rest of the World

Please donate via the bank details below.

Bank details

It is possible to make a direct deposit for the benefit of the Foundation using the following bank account details:

Bank name: Nedbank
Account holder: Corporate Services Cape Town (Waterfront), Republic of South Africa
Branch code: 145-209
Account number: 1452 028 060

Our tax status

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation is registered as a Trust (Trust No. IT5164/2003), as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO No. 930004744) and as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 038-181-NPO). The Foundation can issue tax certificates for donations made in compliance with South African Income Tax Law. We have a B-BBEE vehicle that is reserved exclusively to fund Black South African students selected for our programme. For American donors, we have a donation vehicle and can issue a receipt that can be used for US tax filings via the King Baudouin Foundation.


Any related queries about donating, for example on the tax-exempt status of the Foundation’s Trust, or gifts to be made from other countries, should be directed to Operations Director Ernst Gerber, at +27 21 424 3346, or via e-mail at


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