As an intern here at NMMU I did not take any classes and so I could not volunteer through the school like all of my cohort from SCSU. The benefit of volunteering through the school is they have the relationship with the local organization and the university provides transport! Lack of transportation is one of the biggest frustrations studying here. The students from the US are all used to having their own cars and the European students are used to being able to walk, bike, or take safe and secure public transport in their home countries. I wanted to volunteer while I was here but couldn’t find an opportunity, until I spoke with Dr. Jennifer Winstead. She is from the US (Mississippi to be exact), came here for post-doc work and stayed. She worked in the International Office for a while and switched over to Student Affairs. Dr. Winstead refereed me to AUF as a volunteer resource.
THE VISION of the Foundation is to be the preferred conduit between business and the social sector, playing the vital role of implementing and managing of SED and ED programs. This is supported by comprehensive monitoring and evaluation of each project.
OUR MISSION is to source funding from the business sector and invest in projects driven by our partnerships within the community.
AUF’s SED agenda has its objectives aligned as per the BEE codes of good practice, identifying EDUCATION as one of the key areas of investment.
African Unity Foundation (AUF) established in 2003 is registered as a Public Benefits Organisation (PBO), AUF focuses on sustainable Socio-Economic and Enterprise Development programmes.
AUF is registered under the Section 18A of the Income Tax Act. This enables AUF to issue tax certificates for any contributions received.
AUF fills a niche gap in assisting companies who do not have the Human Resources, time and/or expertise to implement, manage and maintain SED projects.
With our extensive experience in designing, planning, implementing and managing of our various projects, investors will have peace of mind that the following will be attended to:
Monitoring and Evaluation of programmes
Well governed and transparent financial reporting on contributions received
Issuing of Section 18A certificates for tax benefits
BEE contribution certificate
Impact investing (Impact vs Input
Like volunteering through the community service learning course that the SCSU students register for, AUF also provides the relationship and transportation to volunteers. The added benefit of volunteering through AUF is the ability to mix with South African students. It can be difficult to meet locals, especially as an intern, because I am in an office environment. I work with locals but do not interact with students in the same way as if I was in class with them. I just did my first volunteer activity with AUF this past weekend and really enjoyed myself. Hopefully, future interns from SCSU will make the time to volunteer with AUF and get a chance to not only impact the community but have some fun while doing it!