Welcome to The Grey Foundation


There is a common misperception amongst Old Greys, and the general public, that the Grey Schools and the Old Greys' Union are wealthy and not in need of funding. The magnificent school grounds and buildings foster a perception of Grey being a private school with private school funding. Running the operations of The Grey and maintaining the campuses in pristine condition requires significant funding, not to mention investment in bursaries, scholarships and specialised facilities and equipment for music and sporting activities.

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The Department of Education's (DoE) funding contribution to the schools is hopelessly inadequate to sustain the high standards of excellence maintained by the schools. As a result there is a growing pressure to charge higher school fees. Less than half the academic and maintenance staff at the schools are funded by the DoE.  The DoE's contribution to campus maintenance is about R100 000 per annum, which would hardly refurbish 2 classrooms per year. The Grey Schools are almost entirely reliant on school fees to fund the required operations. While the Grey Schools have an excellent fee paying culture, any significant fee increases could force parents to default, which would lead to a disastrous financial situation.

The establishment of The Grey Foundation provides professional fundraising, management, marketing and branding expertise to The Grey. Its goal is to build amongst others, a significant financial fund to generate annuity income to ensure that the ethos, values, traditions and infrastructure of The Grey remain intact for current and future generations of Grey boys. The Grey Foundation is committed to the efficient utilisation of all collected and distributed funds and applies strict governance and commercial management principles in all its activities.


Grey Foundation 2020 Vision




The role of The Grey Foundation

The Grey consists of several different operational entities, each with their own operations, strategic objectives and marketing needs. A key role of the Grey Foundation is to act as a single point of contact for donors as well as ensuring that fundraising, marketing and branding messages are presented consistently and professionally across the board. Another important goal of the Foundation is to ensure that the Schools continue to attract the best and most dedicated teachers, who appreciate the traditions and Christian ethos of the Grey Schools.

The Grey Foundation, established by the Old Greys’ Union, aims to assist the Schools with the critical function of fundraising as well as to provide financial assistance via a substantial investment portfolio. The Foundation's Board of Trustees has representatives from the Junior school, the High school, Old Greys' Union and independant prominent Old Greys which ensures that all key interests are represented.

The office of The Grey Foundation is located ‘neath the clock tower on the Grey High campus.

Investing in the future of The Grey

The Grey Foundation aims to ensure that the Grey Schools are financially secure for future generations. The Grey motto of Tria Juncta In Uno is significant, as it symbolises Body, Mind and Spirit, which all represent the core values of our mission, and the funds raised will be disbursed in what we refer to as the 5 Pillars of Investment:

The 5 Pillars of Investment:

  1. THE MIND- Representing ACADEMIC- Scholarships, bursaries, teacher incentives and classroom refurbishment.
  2. THE SPIRIT- Representing CULTURAL- Music, Arts, Design and Clubs.
  3. THE BODY- Representing SPORT- Bursaries, coaching, equipment and sport infrastructure.
  4. SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - Grey must continue to engage with, and contribute to, the broader community.
  5. INFRASTRUCTURE and MAINTENANCE - The campuses require substantial ongoing investment to keep them pristine and functional and to embrace the "Green Campus" concept.

All donors have the choice to specify which pillar(s) their contributions should support.

Make a contribution

The Grey Foundation's trust is registered as a Section 18A Non-Profit Organisation (NPO). Therefore your contribution is eligible as a tax deduction, up to 10% of your annual tax bill (subject to SARS rules). Please consult your tax adviser for assistance with planning your giving. To request a tax certificate email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are several ways you can contribute:

Monthly Debit Order provide you with a simple, hassle-free way to make a monthly contribution to the Foundation. Debit Orders also minimise the costs and administrative burden of the Foundation's office. If you are an Old Grey then your Old Greys' Union fees are covered by this debit order and you will not be required to pay separate Union fees.
 To sign-up for a debit order download the Debit Order Form here, complete and return via fax (Telefax: +27 (0) 41 392 7625) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cash donations

  • Direct deposit (EFT) using the bank details below.
  • Post or hand deliver a cheque to the The Grey Foundation office 'neath the tower.

Bequests are an effective way to make a planned donation and lessen the burden of taxes on your family and on your estate. A Codicil to your Will is available from the Grey Foundation Office, or you may download the Codicil form here.

Gifts-in-Kind include a variety of goods and services which can be donated to the school (e.g. professional fees, building material, equipment, etc.)
Bonds, Shares, Life Insurance policies, Real Estate, and other Securities may also be donated or bequeathed to the Grey Foundation.

Bank details
Account name: The Grey Institute Development Trust
Standard Bank
Branch: Rink Street,
Branch code: 05041700
Account: 080290086
Reference: Please use your initials and surname as reference

The Grey Foundation Mission

  1. To make The Grey a sought after campus for the leading educators in South Africa, by:
    • Promoting The Grey as a rewarding and fulfilling career choice
    • Providing a subsidised housing scheme through investments in local property
    • Providing funding to improve remuneration and/or benefits
    • Offering bursaries for excellent Grey matriculants who wish to enter the education profession

  2. To centrally manage fundraising for:
    • Strategically significant capital requirements
    • Infrastructure upgrading and maintenance
    • The ongoing development & provision of sport, music, cultural activities
    • Perpetual funding for classroom renovations

  3. To provide scholarship opportunities:
    • For academic, cultural and sporting excellence to boys in the Grey schools
    • To Grey families in need of financial aid
    • To deserving scholars from disadvantaged communities
    • To deserving scholars from other schools

  4. To promote and market The Grey as a centre of educational and developmental excellence by:
    • Implementing a comprehensive, integrated marketing plan
    • Executing a PR strategy that promotes and supports the brand
    • Conducting a brand communication plan

  5. To ensure strong bonds with parents and friends of The Grey:
    • Establishing a formal body to which parents and friends can belong
    • Provide benefits and establish incentive schemes that benefit both the members and the schools

  6. To ensure Old Greys and their resources are fully utilised (OGU)

  7. To develop a world class stakeholder management system:
    1. Database / Technology
    2. Engagement
    3. Communication
    4. Relationships

The Grey Foundation Values

We actively engage and solicit participation and alignment from all aligned parties, our sustainability demands this

We demonstrate a restless drive to be better in everything we do, adapting constantly to changes needed to stay abreast of our stakeholders expectations

Our willingness to measure the impact of our performance sets us apart in a very strong sense. As such we eagerly seek means to monitor every possible initiative and its impact on the Foundation

We retain undistracted levels of devotion to our initiatives, our schools, our alumni and our community

Relations with our stakeholders will be acted out as though we were a part of their being. They will have a deep sense of belonging and sensitivity to the Grey Foundation.

We will provide consistent and sustained communication which is engaging; honest and forthright, without fear or favour, as we believe this is a cornerstone of our success

The Grey Foundation Contact Info

Physical Address:
College Drive, Mill Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Postal Address:
Private Bag X0002, Greenacres, 6057

Tel: +27 41 392 7625, Fax: +27 86 660 5920,