firstrand foundation

The FirstRand Foundation was established in 1998 as the legal vehicle through which FirstRand Limited and its major franchises (FNB, RMB and WesBank) direct their individual and collective corporate social investment. From inception, the FirstRand Foundation received 1% of FirstRand Limited’s net profit after tax (NPAT).

Legally, there are two disbursing structures – the FirstRand Foundation, through which donations are made to public benefit organisations which do not qualify for section 18A tax deductible status, and the FirstRand Educational Trust, for payments to educational projects and institutions that do qualify. All disbursement decisions are made by the trustees.

Currently the FirstRand Foundation strategy is to be the foremost corporate social investor and knowledge collaborator committed to contributing to the development of a better South Africa through mainstreaming disability, capacity building, leveraging partnerships and knowledge sharing.

FirstRand Foundation CSI spend (R million)
graphs 124* 175* 171* 218* 235* Community development Education 2015 2014 2016 2017 2018 53% 48% 66% 31% 42% 47% 52% 34% 69% 58%

Community development consists of investment in

  • the creative economy;
  • the green economy;
  • food security and agriculture livelihoods;
  • FirstRand Volunteers programme;
  • mainstreaming disability; and
  • thought leadership.
  • Community development
  • Education
* The reported CSI number is the audited, contributed spend for the FirstRand financial year. It is based on 1% of NPAT of FirstRand Limited.