The growth of Lesedi would not have been possible without the most important members of the Lesedi family - our supporters. This is very much a team effort and we continue to be humbled by the generosity of the support we receive, and the belief shown in us.
We are reliant on financial donations to support our work at Lesedi. Ngoko Charitable Trust covers the salaries of our teachers and nurses, along with purchases of equipment and consumables at the school and clinic. The charity also funds the costs of construction and one-off projects. Sponsorship fees enable our pupils to remain in school and receive two nourishing meals each day. Our welfare fund ensures the children can receive timely medical care as necessary.
Should you wish to make a monetary donation we pledge that 100% of the amount we receive will be spent on the project – there are no deductions for administration or overhead costs once funds are received by us. All donations are received into the Ngoko Charitable Trust, a UK-registered charity. Funds are held by the charity until distributed direct to the project as needed.
The payment details shown below are the same for donations and/or sponsorship payments. Please contact us to be allocated a child for sponsorship prior to making payment.
USA Donations / Sponsorship Payments
Our preferred donation method from the USA is to mail a check to our US-partner, Generosity in Action (GiA). Generosity in Action is a designated fund at Philanthropic Ventures Foundation - a qualified US 501(c)(3) public Charity.
Donations by Check
For donations by check, please make out your check to "Philanthropic Ventures Foundation” and note on the “memo” line “Lesedi School & Clinic”. If you have a preference for how the funds are allocated then please attach a note to your check or email Fiona with your instructions.
Checks should be sent to Generosity in Action c/o Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, 1222 Preservation Park Way, Oakland, CA 94612-1201.
This is the most cost-effective option as the only deduction is a 2% admin fee, charged by Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
Donations over $250 will receive a letter of confirmation of donation, which is evidence of a qualified tax-deductible donation. For donations under $250 your canceled check made payable to Philanthropic Ventures Foundation will serve as a receipt for IRS purposes.
It is also possible to make an online donation by clicking here.
You should specify the amount and select whether the donation is to be one-off, monthly or quarterly. You also need to select the project “Lesedi School & Clinic (Ngoko Charitable Trust)”, so that the donation is allocated to the correct project. If you have a preference for how the funds are allocated then please add a note in the "Special Purpose" box or email Fiona with your instructions.
This method incurs a 3% transaction fee to cover credit card fees, bank fees, and other processing costs; in addition to the 2% admin fee, charged by Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.
You will receive an email receipt showing a donation to Philanthropic Ventures Foundation which is evidence of a qualified tax-deductible donation.
United Kingdom Donations / Sponsorship Payments
Online donations can be made in the UK through Virgin Money Giving. Please click on this link to go to the relevant page on the Virgin Money Giving website. Please remember to Gift-Aid your payment if possible.
Donations / Sponsorship Payments from other countries
If you are not based in the USA or UK, then you can still use one of the methods shown above but would not receive tax relief on your donation. As our expenditure is mostly in US Dollars, it is generally preferable for other nationalities to donate as per "USA Donations/Sponsorship Payments" as we then receive US Dollars rather than Sterling.
The other option is to donate by bank transfer directly into the Charity's USD account, thereby avoiding payment processing fees. Please contact us for details.