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Unlocking Futures:

RU’s student debt fundraising campaign.

“Unlocking Futures” is a campaign that aims to make meaningful impact on the lives of Rhodes University students burdened by debt, giving them the opportunity to thrive and contribute to society.


R2.9 Billion

target 2027

R3.5 Billion

how to give

Fundraising Priorities

Rhodes University has pinpointed key legacy priority initiatives designated for focused fundraising efforts over the next five years.

The Centre for Postgraduate studies (CPGS)

The Centre for Postgraduate Studies at Rhodes University is creating a community of scholars and thought-leaders who have a sense that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves and can spearhead South Africa’s development.

The Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation (INI)

Behind the grand, polished wood and granite of the Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science building’s entrance hall, down a dim corridor painted an indeterminate, institutional shade, a scuffed rectangle of plastic has been taped across the top board of switches and fuses that controls the power of tens of millions of Rands worth of high-end, precision analysis and measuring equipment.

The Institute for Water Research

Research to Change the World: A revolution in academic thinking and practice that could change the lives of millions of Africans is taking place at the Institute for Water Research (IWR) at Rhodes University.

Isivivane Student Fund

The Challenge: There are several challenges to address if we are to maintain our position in educating young people who critically engage with knowledge and its production. These are the young people who are democratic citizens and ethical leaders committed to the values of human understanding, social justice, human development and service to society; and who will become agents of social change and societal transformation.

Pathways to Education

There is starkly unequal access to quality education in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown). Statistics show that middle-class black learners at fee-paying schools have a three out of four chance of exiting the system with a good-quality matric and entering a top university. By contrast, learners at “non-fee” schools have less than a one in ten chance of reaching this level.

Rhodes University Sports

Efforts to develop sports at Rhodes University are driven by one clear goal: to enhance the student experience and long-lasting connection to the University through the provision of quality, accessible sport and active recreation opportunities for all students.

Help Us Reach Our Goals

Rhodes University has identified legacy priority projects that it has earmarked for intensive, targeted fundraising in the next five years.

Success stories

Funding Impact

Highlights of impact funding given to Rhodes Univeristy

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Other ways to give

Whether you choose to make a donation by cheque, credit card, consent to a monthly debit order, or if you wish to make a substantial one-time EFT payment towards a specific project; your generosity plays a vital role in Rhodes’ ability to ‘sustain excellence.’

No matter where you are in the world, you can use the secure online credit card payment facility on this site. Click on the button below to go to the secure credit or debit card payment area.

EFT, Direct Deposit or Internet Banking

  • If you prefer to make an EFT, deposit directly into our account via EFT or Internet Banking, our account details are as follows:

    • Bank:  First National Bank

    • Branch: Grahamstown

    • Branch code: 210717

    • Account no: 62145508894

    • Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ

    If you choose this option, please use your Initial and Surname and surname, together with the project you wish to support as reference. For example: ‘ T Henry – Isivivane Fund.’ Please fax a copy of the deposit slip to +27 (0) 46 603 8744 or email proof of payment to

Debit Order

If you prefer to donate monthly by debit order, kindly download and fill out Pledge Form Please email


Leaving a legacy to education in your Will is a longstanding tradition at many top universities and an easy way to give, as it costs you nothing now. Your donation will support Rhodes University’s future after you’re gone.

Including a bequest can also reduce estate taxes. Options for bequests to the Rhodes Annual Fund include:

  • A cash amount

  • An item of value (e.g., real estate, vehicle, jewelry)

  • A percentage of your estate

  • The residue of your estate (what remains after expenses and other bequests)

  • Life insurance policy proceeds

Consult a financial planner or advisor to ensure your wishes are properly included in your Will. For more information, email

Dr. Luzuko Jacobs

Extraordinary Commitment: Staff Contributions Transform Rhodes University

Over the past 14 years, 73 dedicated Rhodes University staff members have generously donated nearly R2 million, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to our institution's growth and success.

“In an extraordinary display of human kindness, seventy-three Rhodes University staff members have donated a total of R1,9 million in monthly donations ranging from R20 to R5 000 in just over 14 years.

We are proud of our colleagues and their love for humanity. They epitomise an abiding institutional culture and ethos in which compassion—humanity, and empathy— are central. This is evidence of the human spirit.” – Dr. Luzuko Jacobs (Director: Communication and Advancement Division)

Discover the Power of Your Gift

  • Effortless Convenience: Donating through payroll deduction is a seamless and stress-free process. Set it up once, and your contributions will be automatically deducted from your salary each month, requiring no extra effort from you.

  • Make a Great Impact: Even small donations add up to create significant change. Your ongoing support can profoundly enhance our educational environment and enrich the experiences of countless students.

  • Enjoy Tax Benefits: Payroll donations are not only easy but also tax-efficient. Maximize the value of your contribution while enjoying the added benefit of tax savings.

Rhodes University Staff Giving

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Discover the inspiring stories of our dedicated colleagues.

Below are dedicated staff who choose to give back to the very institution they support every day. Learn how their contributions are making a meaningful impact
on our university community.

Talk to us!

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your support in advancing Rhodes University’s mission through staff contributions.

Please feel free to reach out:



Communications & Advancement Division
Alumni House, Rhodes University
Lucas Avenue, Grahamstown, 6139

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