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General Purposes

Uthungulu Community Foundation

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2007–February 28, 2009
  • Location Richards Bay, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus KwaZulu-Natal, Province of

About this grant

The Uthungulu Community Foundation was the first community foundation to be established in South Africa. It was officially launched in July 1999 as part of a pilot project to establish community foundations in the country funded by the Mott, Ford, and Kellogg foundations and Atlantic Philanthropies. It has grown in size and strength, winning the support of large corporations, which has contributed toward its endowment. Uthungulu’s patron is the monarch of the Zulu nation, His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithnini, and the foundation provides grants, support, training, services, and capacity building to community-based organizations in the uThungulu District, an impoverished area in the KwaZulu-Natal province. Mott has supported it since its inception, providing operational, administrative, technical, and infrastructure support. This grant will continue to provide support to the Uthungulu Community Foundation to ensure its growth as a strong, effective, and sustainable community foundation that is able to harness resources for the development of the communities it serves.