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Donovan Neale-May
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Giving to Rhodes University Trust USA

Type of Gifts

  • Unrestricted - Allows Rhodes University to use funds to support current needs.
  • Restricted - Allow donor to request gift to go to specific cause.
  • Endowment - Minimum gift of $500k allows donor to pay tribute. Principal is preserved and all or part of income is used to support purpose as designated by donor.

Gift of Assets


Donation History

Funds are solicited from Old Rhodians in the United States (over 400 people are currently listed in our database) and from American foundations interested in supporting education in South Africa. Over the years, fundraising efforts have helped with:

  • Scholarships and bursaries for disadvantaged students
  • Library projects
  • Purchase of computer equipment for residences

More recently, some of the most significant disbursements have gone to the following:

  • South East Academic Library Systems (SEALs) Project - $1.2 million
  • Rhodes University Centenary Campaign – $100,000
  • Sports Trust - $100,000
  • Alumni House Project - $50,000

View complete history of donation disbursements » (1993-2006)


What people are saying on Social Media

Ian Edwards "This is the VERY, VERY, VERY, BEST NEWS of the year being the year of our Lord 2017. As Taki quite correctly stated, sanity has prevailed. As I mentioned previously, all students from the late sixties to the early seventies must have a feeling of exalutation at this wonderful news.”

Mary Todd Vianello "Absolutely wonderful news. I don't agree with what Rhodes did but those were the times. As long as we move on and include everyone."

David Alcock "I am very relieved about this. And I think common sense has prevailed. I am sure there are objections to what the man Cecil John Rhodes stands for but he was a man of his time and we can now enjoy his legacy and try and benefit some of those who have been disadvantaged in the past. Rhodes University has a good name - and I have heard only good things about the university in the UK; and the graduates who get employed prove their worth and make their way successfully in the world. I spent some of my best years at Rhodes University as a student and on the staff of the drama department, a time which formed my thinking and my abilities. I made life-long friends there. So all in all I think this is a good decision.”

Trevor Brodrick "Well done to the voices of reason. Those who are unhappy go elsewhere as we capitalists want to support our university financially and will not if the name changes.”

Camalita Naicker "FFS!! What a shameful decision by Rhodes University Council which has proven once again how uncommitted they are to transformation! I remember in my first year the name change was already being discussed and pushed for by Sasco, The article is false to claim that it was only brought up two years ago, there was always a concern by black students about this name. Now ten years, a whole movement calling for Rhodes to Fall, we are still here."


We would like to recognize and thank the following U.S.-based alumni for their 2008/2009 contributions to the Rhodes University Trust and specific projects, programs and bursaries at Rhodes University in Grahamstown:

  • Tanya Accone
  • St Claire Adriaan
  • Paul J. Andersson
  • Sherwin Bryce-Pease
  • Gareth Howell
  • Lesley Mackellar
  • Ian McGregor
  • Donovan Neale-May
  • Cathrine Nelson
  • Adriane Parsons
  • Marcus Swanepoel
  • Marsha Torr
  • Gerrit Verschuur
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