The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment (which is also known as the Endowment) forms part of a group of three independent but associated trusts (including E2 Investments (Pty) Ltd and the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation).

All three trusts share the joint challenge of addressing the unacceptable levels of poverty and unemployment in Southern Africa and have a fundamental purpose to foster responsible entrepreneurship for the common good, including in particular the creation of employment opportunities.


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In seeking to improve the overall context in which the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation operates, the Endowment additionally supports initiatives that address structural barriers in education which hamper employability. These are the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship and the Funda Wande Reading for Meaning programmes. Click on each logo for more information:



The Endowment was primarily established to ensure the financial security of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, due to the long-term nature of the commitments made by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Click on the logo for more information:



In order to reinforce the overall purpose of the Endowment, the Endowment has initiated a once-off, more immediate programme to support well-established organisations that have an excellent track record in directly addressing unemployment.


Nick Kershaw

Alternate Trustee

Trustee of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Director of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Limited and Trustee of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy.

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Nick was the Chief Executive of Ogier, an international legal and fiduciary services business employing around 1,000 people. He is the co founder and chairman of an Education charity, Every Child Our Future, and Chairman of the Apax Funds boards.

Anthony Farr


Anthony Farr is CEO of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Africa, responsible for the execution of the Gray family philanthropy across the continent. Previously, he was the founding

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CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Prior to this Anthony co-founded the Starfish Greathearts Foundation in 2001. He is qualified as a CA (SA) and Chartered Financial Analyst.

Trevor Manuel


Trevor was Cabinet Minister in the South African government from 1994 to 2014 and held several ex officio positions in international bodies. He is Chairperson of Old Mutual Group

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Holdings and on the boards of Old Mutual, SwissRe and SABMiller Plc, Senior Advisor to and Deputy Chairperson of Rothschild, Chancellor of Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Honorary Professor and Senior Political Fellow at UCT and Professor Extraordinaire at University of Johannesburg. He holds 8 honorary doctorates and is a Doctor of Laws.

Professor Njabulo Ndebele


Professor Ndebele is Chairman of Nelson Mandela Foundation and Mandela Rhodes Foundation, Chancellor of University of Johannesburg, holds a PhD (Creative

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Writing) and received Honorary Doctorates in South Africa, Japan, United States, UK and Europe. He served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at University of the Western Cape, Vice-Chancellor of University of Limpopo, Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Chair of South African Universities Vice-Chancellor’s Association; President of Association of African Universities; founding Chair of Southern African Regional Universities’ Association. He chaired three South African Government Commissions.


The Endowment is a trust registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) created via a single primary donation of R1 billion by Mr Allan Gray.

The Endowment’s support is limited to the following programmes:

  • The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation whose mission it is to foster a community of responsible high impact entrepreneurs.
  • The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship whose mission it is to foster a community of responsible high impact educators.
  • The Funda Wande Project whose vision it is for all children in South Africa to be able to read for meaning in the first 3 years of school.
  • 10KJ whose mission it is to create 10 000 income-generating opportunities through supporting 10 organisations.

No, the Endowment does not accept any unsolicited applications for funding.

The Endowment was created by way of a R1 billion donation to the Endowment by Mr Allan Gray from the sale of his personal shares in Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd.

No, these are two separate trusts formed at a similar time.
The Endowment’s primary purpose is to provide financial support to the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, if required.
The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s primary purpose is to foster a community of responsible high impact entrepreneurs.


Unfortunately the Endowment does not consider unsolicited applications


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