Public institutions such as universities always experience funding pressures, and the North-West University is no exception.
Due to the changing international political environment, traditional sources of income, such as state subsidies and tuition fees, are no longer enough to maintain institutions of higher learning. Institutions worldwide, including the North-West University, now have to explore other sources of funding. One such source is philanthropic partnerships, in the form of planned gifts. These gifts contribute towards sustaining and developing the University, and include, among other forms:
• wills and bequests (pecuniary, residuary, specific or contingent bequests),
• unit trusts, and
• insurance policies.
Each of the University’s schools/faculties uses the combined income from investments, gifts and fundraising efforts, and tuition to cover the cost of educating students.
Most alumni and friends of the NWU contribute to the University's endowment fund through regular debit orders. To follow their example, contact the relevant person mentioned in the contact details section of this site or visit the Institutional Advancement Office.
Your way of giving to the NWU can be as unique as you are!
Whether you loyally support the Annual Fund with a regular monthly debit order payment of as small an amount as R50, a regular contribution to Club R500/R1000 for the Endowment fund, a major gift with naming rights, or leave a financial or a gift in kind in your will for a specific faculty/school.
A gift can be designated for a specific use, including the following:
• Bursaries and access funds for disadvantaged students:
Investing in student education gives seeds for trees that will provide shade for many people in the future. Helping talented but financially disadvantaged students pay for initial registration at the University can change destinies for generations to come.
• Research excellence:
Investing in the NWU as one of the leading research universities in South Africa, contributes to finding solutions to the most critical problems facing our country and the African continent. Your gift can foster research in general, or support a particular field of interest.
• Capital projects:
In order to create an environment conducive to teaching-learning and research at the highest level, our physical resources need to be constantly upgraded and renewed. The University is currently focusing on a large number of development projects.
• Academic programmes:
Investing in maintaining and increasing standards and curricula within the University as a whole or in specific faculties, helps to produce students with the skills to meet future challenges. Your gift can also help establish and maintain a named chair (professorship) in a designated faculty.
• Social responsibility:
Investing in the NWU's community outreach programmes help keep us engaged in various communities across South Africa.