Old Mutual Foundation
Empowering people, cultivating communities, building a nation
At the Old Mutual Foundation we believe in transforming hardship into hope, obstacles into opportunities and tribulation into triumph.
It’s not just about providing funding. We’re committed to creating the kind of change that has a positive, sustainable impact across South Africa – empowering people and communities through skills development, education, socio-economic transformation and job creation. While we’re committed to enhancing the lives of all South Africans, our main focus is currently on rural communities, where financial support and transformation is most needed. By strategically investing in individuals and organisations across these communities, we begin to strengthen the very foundation of our society, helping to build brighter futures and – ultimately empowering our nation to do great things. Since the Old Mutual Foundation was established in 1999, we’ve been continually inspired and amazed by the resilience and power of the human spirit and its ability to triumph in the face of adversity. This is what compels us to continue reaching out to those in need across our country. Over the last two decades, corporate social investment in South Africa has aligned itself with global practices. As a Foundation, we’ve learned invaluable lessons about CSI, the most important of which is the fundamental need to develop strategic social investment projects across key areas. Our five key focus areas are: Enterprise Development, Education, Skills Capacity Building, Support for Vulnerable Members of our Community and Staff Volunteerism. By integrating these CSI activities into the very core of our business, we can measure and improve their effectiveness. This website is designed to showcase the inspiring work of five local initiatives, each representing one of our five key areas of focus; organisations that are committed to actively empowering and positively transforming the lives of people and communities in need. The Old Mutual Foundation celebrates the rich diversity of our nation and commends the countless individuals and organisations that remain steadfastly committed to breaking the cycle of marginalisation and poverty across South Africa.
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” Nelson Mandela