Who We Are
The Uthungulu Community Foundation (UCF) is a non-profit organisation officially launched on 03 July 1999. The organisation dedicates itself to improving the quality of life in its defined geographical areas: The uThungulu and uMkhanyakude District Municipalities.
At the official launch His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini, the Foundation’s Patron, unveiled a memorial plaque that remains displayed at the Foundation’s offices in Richards Bay, South Africa.
Seed funding for the establishment of the Foundation had come from Ford Foundation, Charles Stewart
Mott Foundation, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto, through Richards Bay Minerals (RBM). Southern African
Grant-Makers Association and the Zululand Chamber of Business had facilitated this process.
In the process of developing and building local communities, UCF works with and through carefully identified community-based organisations. Internationally, UCF remains an active participant between South Africa and global community foundations. These strategic networks ensure that UCF remains a global player in the field of community foundations.
As a community-based organisation, UCF, in the process of developing local communities, works with and through other non-profit and community-based organisations that subscribe to the Foundation’s values, mission and objectives. To this end, everybody qualifies to remain a donor to the Foundation: individuals, and private and public sector organisations.
The shared approach to generating funds for the Foundation helps pool together resources, to benefit local communities, in the form of grants issued to deserving and needy non-profit and community-based organisations.
UCF’s primary objective with small grants to deserving and needy organisations is to encourage charitable
organisations to save “for a rainy day”, and to assist local communities on a continuous basis.
As a Community Foundation, UCF accepts a variety of donations: cash, property, shares and stock. Donors can contribute, for example, to improve the state of education in their local community, help the unemployed or deal with criminal activities.
Community Foundation Principles
"Communities are built across generations. We grow, learn and thrive in the surroundings sewn by those before us. As time goes on, we till the ground anew, to leave our own mark. For the past 101 years global community foundations have provided the tools, expertise and leadership, to facilitate and foster the spirit of generosity” – American Council on Foundations (2015).
The following are community foundation principles
- Integrity, competence and professionalism
- Transparency, accessibility and hospitability
- Ensure good governance
- Build sponsor confidence through public engagement
- Broad based objectivity throughout our activities
- Adhere to the principles of tolerance and non-discrimination of applicants
- Prohibit and prevent corruption
- Treat all applicants with respect
- Always learning and always improving our services