At RMB, we believe in “Good business. Better world”. We also believe that good business and good work are not mutually exclusive. The RMB Fund, a member of the FirstRand Foundation, is Rand Merchant Bank’s corporate social investment (CSI) vehicle, contributing at least 1% of net profit after tax towards selected projects within three development sectors. Since 2007, the RMB Fund has invested over R140 million in these focus areas.
The Maths Leadership and Development programme currently supports a range of educational initiatives including university programmes, bursary and outreach programmes run by independent schools and other centres of excellence, and programmes that promote knowledge sharing and advocacy.
The Arts Culture and Heritage programme encourages a healthy balance between the promotion of equitable access to arts and heritage, and the achievement of excellence.
The Environment and Conservation programme is aligned with FirstRand’s commitment to environmentally sensitive practices. It provides support to initiatives that demonstrate strong educational and local community development opportunities through collaboration.
The RMB Fund programmes are interrogated and evaluated at regular intervals. It enables us to review our funding strategies and ensure that we remain relevant to the time and landscape in which we operate and fair to current and potential partners doing good work within our focus areas.
The RMB Hug Fund continues to thrive through employee contributions of time, energy donations in kind and a further R2 million towards good causes in a variety of sectors. These include our ever-popular RMB NGO Network sessions to provide support beyond the chequebook – knowledge sharing and access to capacity-building opportunities such as the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme.
For more information regarding corporate social investment at RMB, please contact Yvette Nowell.
* While we have some presence in all nine provinces, geographical presence is not our main concern.
Maths leadership and development
Alexandra Educational Committee
Centre for Development and Enterprise
Hilton College Vula Programme
Independent Examinations Board (IEB )
Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA)
Midlands Community College
St Andrew’s School
St John’s Academy
St Mary’s School Waverley
Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP)
TRAC South Africa
University of Cape Town
Arts culture and heritage
Apollo Music Trust
Artist Proof Studio
Black Tie Ensemble
Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)
Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
Cape Town Opera
Casterbridge Music Development Academy
Clowns Without Borders South Africa
Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School Education Trust
Drama for Life
Durban Music School
Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative
Johannesburg Youth Orchestra
Lefika La Phodiso Art Therapy Centre
Lutheran Community Outreach Foundation
Magnet Theatre Educational Trust
Moving into Dance Mophatong Trust
National School of the Arts
Remix Dance Company
SA Ballet Theatre
Sibikwa Arts Centre
Uvemvane Dance Therapy Project
Zama Dance School
Environment and conservation
BirdLife South Africa
Cape Leopard Trust
Delta Environmental Centre
Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)
Iimbovane (Ant) Project (Stellenbosch University)
SA Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB)
Society for Animals in Distress
Southern African Wildlife College
South African Wine Industry Council
Walter Sisulu Environmental Centre
Wildlands Conservation Trust
Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (WESSA)