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Corporate Social Investment at Liberty

Corporate Social Investment (CSI) for Liberty means a commitment to supporting development initiatives that are shaped around the wider socio-economic needs of our society.

For almost 40 years, Liberty has focused on supporting education across Africa because we believe that our CSI initiatives should contribute to building a thriving economy that is vital to our collective destiny, and which will light the way to financial prosperity for generations to come. As a result, the Liberty Group contributes over R30m each year to community development activities across South Africa. In addition, Liberty’s operations in the rest of Africa control their own CSI initiatives and budgets that are aligned to the needs of the communities in which we operate.

Our focus areas

Liberty works with registered project partners, and our educational involvement is focused at four key areas. By focusing on these specific areas, Liberty is able to support a lifetime of learning within the communities in which we operate.

  1. Foundation phase learning
    • Developing and producing educational material.
    • Providing direct support to underprivileged primary schools.
    • Our focus is on numeracy and literacy.

  2. High school learning
    • Providing video and interactive media support to learners and teachers.
    • Providing extra tuition in Mathematics and Science, as well as teaching support for teachers.
    • Partnering with leadership programmes to identify influential learners and grow their leadership skills.

  3. Basic financial literacy
    • Investing in financial literacy training within the workplaces of our customers and the communities in which we operate.

  4. Development of education professionals
    • Supporting training programmes which aim to enhance the standard of education in the country by focusing on teacher development.

What we do not fund

Liberty recognises that there are many communities in need of help and support, but our CSI strategy is focused on and aligned to supporting education. The guidelines below provide an indication of projects and initiatives that we do not support.

  • Projects that are not aligned to our five focus areas.
  • Entities that are not registered with the relevant overseeing authorities.
  • Projects that do not benefit, or benefit less than 75% of black people (refer to Financial Sector Code).
  • Research and projects that only benefit individuals and are for individual gain or profit.
  • Workshops and conferences - unless they are integral to the functioning of a project or programme.
  • Once-off activities.
  • Large-scale infrastructure projects that are the responsibility of national, provincial or local government, including schools, offices, water, sanitation and/or road works.
  • Capital expenditure such as land, buildings, vehicles or other major capital, unless they are in support of project implementation.
  • Disaster relief.
  • Local, provincial or national government or parastatals, directly or indirectly.
  • Capital for small, medium or micro enterprises
  • Bursaries – We do not offer bursaries, however, Liberty has a Graduate Learnership Programme and Actuarial Development Programme. Please contact (011) 408 3911
  • Political organisations or activities or any activity that promotes party political division, sexism, racism or regionalism.
  • Projects outside of South Africa. Please contact (011) 408 3911 for the Africa division.
  • Denominational and religious activities.
  • Activities that may cause environmental degradation.
  • Organisations with a history of misuse of funds or whose grants have been suspended by Liberty or any other development agencies and/or corporates.

Funding requests

Liberty supports specific CSI initiatives and in order to be considered for assistance, please ensure that your funding request is aligned to one of our five focus areas.

E-mail your funding request letter (max. 2 pages) to csi@liberty.co.za.

The funding request should be for the following year and the must contain the following:

  • Contact details.
  • Project description.
  • Project location.
  • Project beneficiaries.
  • Proposed objective and outcomes.
  • Reasonable budget

Should your request be in line with our focus and funding is available, we will forward you an application form in order to collect detailed information. The application will then undergo further evaluation as part of our internal policies and procedures; and the outcome will be communicated in writing.

Thank you for choosing Liberty as your potential partner in Education.

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