The UFS says "Thank You"

The University approaches the start of the 2021 academic year with relief and gratitude. COVID-19 continues to test our resilience and commitment to supporting and serving our society, but through collaboration with our trusted partners, we are succeeding.

We say “Thank You” to individuals and organisations who continue their financial support; to those who mentor and guide; to staff, students and the UFS community who work tirelessly to make a positive impact.


On this page you will find links to stories that demonstrate the impact made by your support. They show that together we can achieve even more.

1926 Club • Abbott Laboratories South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Abe Bailey Trust • ABSA Agribusiness • ABSA BANK Ltd • ABSA Bank Limited Central Region • Absa Bank Ltd - (UFS Student Bureau) • ABSA Group Ltd • ABSA Private Bank • ACA Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd • Academic Cooperation Association • Academic Group Practice • Actuarial Society of SA • Adams & Adams • AECI Community Education and Development Trust • African Infrastructure Investment Managers • Afrikaans Language and Culture Association • AgriSeker • Albert Wessels Trust • Allan Gray • American Chamber of Commerce • American Museum of Natural History • Ampath Pathologists • Anglo American Chairman’s Fund • AngloGold Ashanti Ltd • Anheuser-Busch InBev t/a South African Breweries (Pty) Ltd • Aon South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Ascendis Health - Scientific Group (Pty) Ltd • Astellas Pharma - South Africa • Astronomical Society Southern Africa • Attorneys Fidelity Fund • B & B Eiendomme • B Braun Medical Pty Ltd • Bainsvlei Lodges (Edms) Bpk • Bank SETA • Barbara Mackenzie Bequest Trust • Barone, Budge & Dominick (Pty) Ltd • Baroque Medical (Pty) Ltd • Batsa Signature Trust • Bayer (Pty) Ltd • Beefmaster Feedlot • Bestmed • BKB • BlackBark Productions • BluuBin (Pty) Ltd • Boedel Wyle Fanie van der Merwe Trust • Boedel Wyle HB Thom Trust • Boedel Wyle JN Waugh Trust • Boitjhorisong Resource Centre • Boston Scientific SA (Pty) Ltd • Bowman Gilfillan • Bremer Asset Management • British American Tobacco South Africa (Pty) Ltd - BATSA • Bruker South Africa • Busamed Bram Fischer International Airport Hospital • Busamed Harrismith Private Hospital • Bytes Documents Solutions • Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust • Cape Peninsula University of Technology • Cardiology Research • Catsurfchem BV • CB van Wyk Gesinstrust • CBS Financial Planning • CDV Market Ideation Pty (Ltd) • Cell C Waterfall Campus • Central Applications Office NP • OFS (Central Media Group) • Charl van der Merwe Foundation • Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority • Christelike Uitgewers Maatskappy • Christian Art Distributors • City Run (Pty) Ltd • Citymed Theatre • Claude Leon Foundation • Clicks Mimosa • Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr • Clinvet • Community Chest of the Western Cape • Compass Group Southern Africa • Cool Winner Trading 15 (PTY) Ltd • Coronation Asset Management • Credit Guarantee • Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport SETA • Customer Benefit Systems (Pty) Ltd T/A Agribonus • De Beers Consolidated Mines (Pty) Ltd • De Beers Fund • Deetlefs Wines (Pty) Ltd • Dell Computers (Pty) Ltd • Dell Development Fund • Department of Economic Development, Small Business,Tourism & Environmental Affairs • Dermatological Society of South Africa • Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns • Digital Platforms • Discovery Foundation • Discovery Health (Pty) Ltd • Distell (Pty) Ltd • Diva Nutritional Products • DJ Construction • Duke University Medical Center • E’tsho Civils (Pty) Ltd • Enactus South Africa NPC • Erasmus Antiquariaat en Boekhandel • Estate Late MM Smuts • Evergreen Turf • Exxaro Chairman’s Fund • Famous Faces • Farmisco (Pty) Ltd • Federated Employers Mutual Assurance • FGK Capital • Fidelity Foundation NPC • First Car Rental (CMH Car Hire) (Pty) Ltd • First National Bank- (Division of FirstRand Bank Ltd) • FirstRand Education Trust • FirstRand Foundation • FoodZone • Ford Foundation • FPI (Financial Planning Institute) • Free State Cheetahs (Pty) Ltd • FS Autism Support 4 Parents • Givengain Foundation • Gleam (Pty) LTD • Golden Key UFS • Gordon Harris Photographic • Graduate Wealth CC • Grain SA • Grasslands Agriculture (Pty) Ltd • Groenewald W/Fonds van die NG Kerk • HE Joosub Charitable Trust • Health and Welfare SETA • Heron Bridge College • Herschel Girls School • Hill, Mchardy & Herbst Inc • Hillensberg Trust • Hobbit Boutique Hotel • Honey and Partners Inc. • Hoogland Natuurlewe • Hospital Association of South Africa • Humor Diagnostica • ICA International Chemicals (Pty) Ltd • IDtek Solutions (Pty) Ltd • Impact Plus • Impak Onderwysdiens (PTY) LTD • In Context Consulting CC • Industrial Development Corporation • Inqaba Biotechnical Industries (Pty) Ltd • Institute for Occupational Therapists in Private Practice • Investec Bank Ltd • Investic Ltd • IQVIA RDS Clindepharm (Pty) Ltd • Itau Milling • Itumeleng Community Trust • Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri Educational Fund Trust • Jeanette Luttig Scholarship • JM Hansen Scholarship Trust - Standard Bank Trust • Joe Public United • John Deere (Pty) Ltd • Kal Tire Mining Tire Group • Keith Bothongo Foundation • King Baudouin Foundation • King Price Insurance Company Ltd • Klipkerk Trust • Konica Minolta Business Solutions • KPA (Kovsie Private Accommodation) • Krisan Produksie • Kunden Dienst • Ladywoolies CC • Laeveld Trust 2001 (Edms) Bpk • Land and Agricultural Development Bank • Liedjiesbos • Life Rosepark Hospital • Limco Quantity Surveyors Arbitration & Project Management cc • Livestock Improvement Trust • Londocor/ Neurological Association of SA Lorenzo & Stella Chiappini Trust • Lottostar Pty • MACAH Foundation • MAD (Make A Difference) Charity South Africa • Manufacturing Engineering and Related Services SETA • Mariaan Oosthuizen Kongresdien • Masterplan Consultants • Mazaryk University • McIntyre Van Der Post Inc • MEA Global Education • Media, Information and Communication Technologies SETA • Media24 Rachel’s Angels • Mediclinc (Pty) Ltd • Mediclinic - Bloemfontein • Medtronic (Africa) (Pty) Ltd • Merck (Pty) Ltd • Metsimaholo Rejuvenation Trust • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation • Minerals • Minerals Education Trust Fund • Mining Qualifications Authority • Missing Second Technologies • Momentum Metropolitan Life Ltd • Monsanto SA (Pty) Ltd • Moshal Scholarship Program • MTN (SA) Foundation • MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet • Namibian Brahman Breeders Society • National Lotteries Commission • National Lucerne Trust • Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch • Nedbank Bloemfontein • Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust • Nederlandse Taalunie New Leaders Foundation • New Mastic • New Settlers Foundation • NG Aandbloem Sentrum vir Bejaardes • NG Gemeente Hospitaalpark • NG Kerk (Namibia) • NG Kerk in die Vrystaat • NG Kerk Modderrivier • NGK Murraysburg • North-West University School of Music • Novartis South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Novo Nordisk (Pty) Ltd • Nurture Hillandale (Pty) Ltd • Nutri Feeds • Occupational Therapy Association of SA Office of Astronomy for Development • Office of the Auditor General • Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (SA) Ltd • Oracle • PA & Alize Malan Gedenktrust • Pannar Seed • Parameter Space LTD • PAREXEL® International (Bfn|) • PC Bruwer & Partners • Pet Labs Pharmaceuticals • Pfizer Laboratories (Pty) Ltd • Phatshoane Henney Attorneys • Pick n Pay (Bloemgate) • Plaas Media • Potatoes South Africa • PPS Insurance Company Ltd • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Inc (Bfn) • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc • Professional Provident Society Foundation Trust • Prokon Software Consultants (Pty) Ltd • Protein Research Foundation • Public Servants Association (PSA) - FS • PUK Kunste • QS Online Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd • Qwaqwa United Taxi Association • Rall Brokers • Ramotello & Tsotetsi Incorporated Attorneys • Rapport Onderwysfonds • RB Hagart Trust • Red Meat Producers Organisation • Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) • Reliable Diagnostic Supplies (Pty) Ltd • Road Accident Fund • Roche Diabetes Care South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Roche Products (Pty) Ltd • Rosendorff Reitz Barry Attorneys • Ruth and Anita Wise Trust • SA Agency for Science & Technology Advancement • SA Heart Free State • SA Truck Bodies • SANDOZ • Sanlam Investment Management (Pty) Ltd • Sanlam Life Insurance Ltd • Sanlam Ltd • SASLAW • Sasol Agriculture Trust • Sasol Secunda Public Affairs • Sasol Social and Community Trust • Satori Kreatiwiteitstigting Van SA • SAVCA • Save The Giraffes • Senwes • Sereni T Business Development • Sernick Shared Group Services (Pty) Ltd • Services SETA • Servier Laboratories • Sherwood Books • Silicon Valley Community Foundation • Silostrat • SIMLAB • Six Sons t/a Kloppers • Siyakhana Growth & Development NPO • Smith & Nephew Limited • Society for Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes of SA • Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of SA • Solomon Ruben & Ann Winer Trust • South African Medical Association • South African Milk Processors Organisations • South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) • South African Orthopaedic Association • South African Revenue Services-(BFN) • South African Society of Anaesthesiologists • South African Society of Otorhinolaryngology • South African Society of Psychologists FS • South African Sugar Association • Southern ENT • Spoor and Fisher • Sport 4U (Pty)Ltd • Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd • Stellenbosch University • Stichting Neerlandia Foundation • Stoller South Africa (Pty) Ltd • Study Trust • StudyTrust • Sue Celken Family Trust • Suidwes Beleggings Bpk • Symington & De Kok • Syngenta • TATA Automobile Corp SA Pty Ltd • Testamentêre Trust • The Andrew W Mellon Foundation • The Bitou 10 Education and Development Foundation • The Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation • The DNA Project • The Governing Body Foundation • The Green Building Council of SA • The Hermann Ohlthaver Trust • The Joffe Charitable Trust • The John Deere Educational Trust Bursary Scheme • The Kresge Foundation • The Law Society of South Africa • The Law Society of the Free State • The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust • The Poliomyelitis Research Foundation • The Road Accident Fund • The Rotary Club of Kromboom • The Rupert Education Foundation • The Rupert Historical Homes Foundation • The Rupert Music Foundation • The SA Council for the Quantity Surveying Profession • The South African Medical Association • The Stella & Paul Loewenstein Charitable Trust • Theunissen Jankowitz Bloemfontein • Tiger Brands Ltd • Toyota South Africa Motors (Pty) Ltd • Traguna Trading (Pty) Ltd • Trim Tab Foundation (Johann & Gaynor Rupert Foundation) • Truffle Asset Management • TWK Agriculture (Pty) Ltd • Unimed Cardiology Trust • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization • University of Cape Town • University of Johannesburg • University of Pretoria • Upstream Training Trust • Uvuko Civils • Vemoni Recycling • Vereniging Van Advokate • Vesco • VKB Landbou (Pty) Ltd • Vleissentraal (Edms) Bpk • War Museum • Wartenweiler Trust • Webbers Attorneys • Whitehead Scientific (Pty) Ltd • Wholesale and Retail SETA • Wildeklawer Farming • Witherow Trust • WSB Trust - Food & Trees for Africa • Z2A Events (Pty) Ltd • ZGM Consulting (Pty) Ltd t/a PSP-Icon • Zoetis South Africa (Pty) ltd • Individual Donors


Our Projects

Bursaries create opportunities

The UFS serves more than 40 000 students on three campuses across seven faculties. Close to 50% of UFS students require financial aid. We are grateful for donors who work together to create a pathway for student success and integration into the workplace. THANK YOU for inspiring excellence and changing lives.


Food gardens promote student success

Many students at institutions of higher learning, including the UFS, are faced daily with the challenge of food insecurity, negatively affecting their academic performance. Through partnership and collaboration, the vegetable production and training programme is able to assist. THANK YOU for making this a sustainable project.


Students with disabilities supported

The Centre for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS) facilitates access for students with disabilities. Through the development of various initiatives, students with disabilities can feel confident and empowered to pursue their studies and make valuable contributions towards society. Generous support ensures successful student integration programmes. THANK YOU for caring.



Make the First 1000 days count campaign

The first 1000 days, from conception to age two, is critical for child-brain development. This project in Central South Africa provides the foundation for more healthy and prosperous generations to come. Raising awareness and knowledge can influence unwanted pregnancies, lower morbidity and mortality rates and lessen the economic burden in our country. THANK you for supporting life-changing work.

Make the First 1000 days count

Standard Bank Agri Transformation Programme

Transforming agriculture

A robust agri-business sector is fundamentally important to growth. Black commercial farmers and sustainable black-owned agribusinesses in the Free State were identified to take part in a developmental programme leveraging expertise, skills and infrastructure from the UFS and strategic business partners. Transformation is possible through collaboration, THANK YOU.


Two Observatories

The Boyden Observatory and Naval Hill Planetarium (formerly the Lamont Hussey Observatory) promote science communication while preserving and sharing an important astronomical heritage. Boyden is also an important research facility. The project promotes tourism and creates opportunities for engagement among many institutions. THANK YOU for contributing to the project’s sustainability.

Family Maths and Science

Science for the Future

Teaching Mathematics and Science in South Africa remains challenging. This project demystifies important concepts in the foundation phase through strategies that empower teachers with knowledge, skills and resources and promotes parents’ involvement in learning. Training sessions create many opportunities for interaction. THANK YOU for playing an active role in the future of South African children.


University Access Programme

With a track record over two decades, the University Access Programme (UAP) continues to create opportunities for students. The continuously developing curriculum has proven to be a successful academic enabler assisting deserving students to meet university entrance requirements to further their studies. THANK YOU for creating opportunities for our students.

Project Video

Eco vehicle

Solar Vehicles and Green Energy

The UFS is at the forefront of many projects that focus on the utilisation of renewable energy resources. The eco-vehicle project is an initiative that alerts students to the power of renewable energy. Together we can make a difference, THANK YOU

Simulation Unit

Technology better prepares medical students

The UFS Simulation Unit has been equipped with state of the art ultrasound equipment, enabling experiential and practical learning. This technology puts the UFS at the forefront in preparing our future doctors for good clinical practice. THANK YOU for sharing your vision.

Project Video



In collaboration with The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), our research and community project focus on building competitiveness for communal farmers, through developing the wool value chain in the Free State Province of South Africa. 



Based on this vision and the shared belief that “access to education is not dependent on wealth”, the UFS and Feenix have partnered to crowdfund for these UFS students. Your investment in these UFS students is an investment in our future. You will ensure that they can graduate, fulfil their exponential potential and make a difference in our society.

Please use one of the methods below to give to University of the Free State priority projects.

All donations are tax deductible in terms of South African income tax legislation.

Donation by card
Debitorder form

Alumni in the UK please click here
Please tick the Gift Aid permission box if you are a UK tax payer and UFS will receive a 25% additional donation on the value of the gift from the UK government.

Direct deposit 

please use the following bank details :
ABSA Bank Cheque Acc no
Branch code 632005
Project reference, surname, initials,
or student or staff number
Send the proof of payment to 
Rinda Duraan

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