Give a child a bright future today!

Make a R67, R670, R6700 Donation

In the spirit of celebrating Mandela Month, donate R67 towards a book for a child or donate R670 towards either 10 books or a school’s library.

Donate School Items

Please take a look at our needs list to see how you can assist through donations of new or gently used items.

Donate Your Time

We love to have volunteers to help. It is such a wonderful way to give back and know that so many children will benefit.

Money Donations

Thanks to the support of donors, Friends of Starting Chance and partners, in 2020/21 Starting Chance supported 30 educares through lockdown and beyond, trained 160 teachers, introduced a new CALM curriculum, provided educational packs to 30 schools and gave approximately 1 750 children a starting chance on their educational journey and delivered two new schools by mid-August 2021.

Donation value

What is my donation worth?

R67, R670 or R6700 donations will help improve literacy and language skills for 1500 children

In the spirit of celebrating Mandela Month, Starting Chance wants to improve literacy and language skills for 1 500 children by providing books for the children, and through literacy & language workshops for their parents and teachers.

Why is this important?

By the age of five, a staggering 54,7% of the poorest children in South Africa are falling behind their peers in language and literacy skills*. Grade 1 teachers struggle to meet their learning needs, to help them catch up. They fall further and further behind. As a result South Africa has a literacy crisis, where many of our children are unable to read for meaning after three years of school. Parents need support and advice on what they can do to give their child a good start in life.

How to help?

  • Donate R67 towards a book for a child.
  • Donate R670 towards either 10 books for a school’s library nook or for a teacher’s language and literacy workshop (for one school).
  • Donate R6 700 towards a parents’ language & literacy workshop (for 100 parents).
  • Corporates – encourage your employees to donate by pledging to match (either partly or fully) your employees’ donations.


EFT to our bank account

First National Bank
Current Account 625 728 02504
Hout Bay Branch (Universal Code 250655)

This is generally the most cost-effective option for us. Kindly reference your donation with your name.

Debit orders

If you wish to set up a regular donation by debit order, please visit

Donors outside South Africa

US and UK Taxpayers

Recommended for US citizens as you will receive a tax-deductible receipt, and for taxpayers in the UK as by using this service, we will benefit from the Gift Aid scheme.

Other Donors

Currencies Direct provides an online fund transfer service which is
particularly cost-effective and efficient, especially for UK and EU
Note that this option does not qualify for any tax benefits for donor or Starting Chance.

SWIFT international fund transfer

Mercantile Bank
Account 4000594710
Branch/Sort Code 450905
Address: 142 West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196

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As a registered Public Benefit Organisation under section 18A of the Income Tax Act, donations to Starting Chance are tax-deductible and we provide donation receipts.

If you wish the funds to be used for a specific campaign, drop us an email to let us know or send us a message below.