• Mario Milani Drive, Vereeniging, 1929
  • (016) 430-1382
  • helpus@mattsfoundation.co.za

About Us

Matt’s Foundation was established to assist in making a difference to the lives of under-privileged children in the Vaal community, by raising funds or goods through giving circles, donations and events.

Funding community-based organisations – such as foster homes, safe houses and children’s care centres – working with some of our most vulnerable children for their most basic needs like food, clothing, special education needs and medical care.

These children have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control.

Inform and communicate

  • Establish an informative platform for the charities with regards to special, urgent and needy causes, making it easier for the community and businesses to direct donations to the charities of their choice. Facilitating public relations and awareness for the charities and companies supporting these causes.
  • Creating awareness of and establishing various corporate and private giving circles. Hereby growing and increasing a network of giving, to assist the Foundation in meeting the needs of the charities.
  • Communicate various charity needs, partnerships and corporate sponsorship through marketing campaigns, own and associated websites, social media, Quarterly newsletters, bi-monthly objectives and other media publications

 

Increase community involvement

  • Motivating the establishment of personal and business giving circles
  • Encourage and involve members of the community in giving back to the community not necessarily in form of money but also time. Organizing various volunteer projects.
  • Encourage corporate business to get involved in supporting our cause

 

Make a difference in a child’s day

  • To assist in making a difference to under-privileged children’s lives in our community, by raising funds or goods through giving circles, and various other initiatives. No funds will be given to charities directly – services or goods will be paid for by Matt’s Foundation. Basic needs like food, clothing, special education, health care etc
  • Establish specific monthly objectives to be donated, Matt’s Foundation to then distribute the goods accordingly.

The concept behind Matt’s Foundation began when I got involved in my sister and brother in law’s nonprofit organisation, Give Me a Chance.

The Give Me a Chance Children’s Foundation was created as a scholarship fund which would adopt promising students from the Kylemore (near Stellenbosch) community providing financial and moral support to help them achieve their goals of becoming successful in their own right. Initially I wanted to introduce the same concept in the Vaal but I very soon realised, after I encountered the enormous basic need of the children in our community, that I needed to focus resources and time on fulfilling a much more critical, fundamental need in these children’s lives.

Many children attend school on a daily basis on an empty stomach; these children are not able to focus and cannot absorb what their teacher is saying, so the chance of any of these children becoming promising students is much more challenging. Matt’s Foundation has been named after my son. As a mother involved in fundraising one can easily feel guilty providing for your own children when there are so many underprivileged children in the community. Within our community there are a lot of selfless individuals opening their homes and hearts to foster children, treating them as their own, offering them a safe place with love and support, where they can be happy.

They come from pain, poverty, and no hope for their future, to a place of laughter, acceptance, love, and personal growth. Most of these families receive a very small grant per child and are very dependent on the community or fundraisers to supplement their monthly expenses. During the past 5 years our company has been involved in various fundraising activities and in most of these instances we donated money raised to women and children’s charities. However, after learning that these funds were sometimes used for paying administration services etc. it was then decided not to donate money but rather pay for goods and services directly.

I would prefer the money being applied to the very specific needs of the children. Matt’s Foundation is built on the concept of creating a network of giving circles – this is very similar to the stokvel concept, whereby individuals or companies pool their funds or resources to increase the impact of giving. Each director and member is responsible for creating their own giving circle as part of their responsibility.

Your kindness can make a difference to a child’s daily life; please get involved.

“And we can change the world. We can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble into the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world.” ~Dorothy Day

Melanie van Schalkwyk
 Director

Matt’s Foundation is a registered section 21 company (with tax clearance) based in Vereeniging. The organisation aims to support the vast number of under-privileged children in the Vaal community, who have all been made susceptible through circumstances beyond their control. To accomplish this, we require the help of companies and individuals who wish to invest into the futures of these under-privileged children.

All donations (including goods in kind) are tax deductible in the hands of the donor (tax exempt). Please request this Section 18A donation receipt for tax purposes when making a donation.

Matt’s Foundation Banking Details:

Account Holder Name: Matt’s Foundation

Account Number: 02 176 262 7

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Vereeniging

Branch Code: 01-46-37

Universal Code: 051001

Swift Code: SBZA ZA JJ

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