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Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) aims to provide access to quality education and leadership development opportunities by supporting high school learners and tertiary students comprehensively, throughout their academic and personal journeys, and ensuring they have the necessary tools and opportunities to reach their full potential as future leaders of South Africa. We focus on identifying talented
scholars, who do not have the necessary financial resources, and offer them long-term support in the areas of education, leadership, mentorship, wellness and life-skills development.


Since the beginning, Founder and Chairman Francois Pienaar has had an inspiring vision to provide educational access to deserving scholars with leadership potential (but who face economic and other barriers) through an individualised and personal approach. Therefore, MAD Leadership Foundation focuses on the whole individual, ensuring that our scholarship recipients not only succeed academically, but exhibit personal success and positive social engagement traits.

We believe that education is a lifelong gift that empowers individuals to improve their socio-economic condition, and therefore not only their own lives, but also
that of their families, their communities and future generations to come. As future leaders of our soceity, we want to see our scholars become recognised leaders who can lead with integrity in local and global environments. Through the comprehensive, personal and long-term support we offer our scholars via our Scholarship Programme, we aim to develop an alumni of MAD Leadership Foundation fellows who aim to invest back into South Africa and who will be a powerful force for positive change in their own unique way and leaders in their own right.



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    MAD2Adventures ZA

    R1,088,910 raised

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    Mike Walsh

    R161,203 raised

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    Dylan Hobson

    R130,372 raised

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    Ciaran Mc Guckian

    R79,297 raised

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    Paul Tredwell

    R59,682 raised

52 Fundraiser projects


  1. Kate Ruthven

    9 November 2021

  2. Victoria McAleer

    8 November 2021

  3. Anne Galloway

    5 November 2021

2,194 Donations

Fundraiser projects

52 Fundraiser projects

I am raising funds for Make A Difference Leadership Foundation NPC

By Victoria Dreyer

Hey friends,As many of you may know, I am taking part in MAD2RIDE 2021 in October and I need your...

100% Completed
R21,780 raised
R20,000 Target

I am running 100km to raise funds for MAD leadership foundation

By Samuel Kingwill

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - MandelaHi! I nee...

100% Completed
R23,176 raised
R20,000 Target

Clay's 40th Birthday

By MAD2Adventures ZA

Hey everyone, I have decided to be MAD! I am joining the MAD2Ride crew and cycling 1600km (1000 m...

0% Completed
R0 raised
R20,000 Target

I am raising funds for Make A Difference Leadership Foundation NPC

By Heather Kennedy

Hi! I need your help. I'm taking part in TOM 2021 Virtual Charity Challenge to raise money for Ma...

24% Completed
R1,200 raised
R5,000 Target