Trevor Noah Launches R2M Matched-Giving Campaign to improve education

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Trevor Noah has launched a crowdfunding campaign on local donations crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, to raise R2 million in a matched giving effort to empower education through his recently launched, Trevor Noah Foundation.

The Trevor Noah Foundation (TNF) was founded last year, with a vision of a South Africa that only advances if each generation builds on the last. For Trevor, educating our youth is key to this vision becoming a reality. Their aim is achieving a 100% transition rate of the matric students into continued education.

“For me, I’ve come to realize the secret is great teachers. In my life and the lives of many other kids, one great teacher has made all the difference. To this day, business economics and history are my favorite subjects thanks to teachers like Mr. Darby and Mrs. Gold. My favorite teachers were those who engaged me in a way that made me feel like they loved the subjects as much as they wanted me to love it.” – says Noah

With their pilot program already underway, they have been working with orphaned and vulnerable learners in Grades 9 – 12 at New Nation School in Vrededorp. They are a proud government school that has performed well academically despite lacking important resources, facing issues of statelessness, abandonment and poverty.


In a video released on social media, Trevor says “Our end goal is to get as many children who do not have access to education, educated. We want to get teachers the support they need because teachers are underpaid, and we want to make sure the people who educate those children are able to sustain themselves.”

Until now, Trevor is TNF’s primary investor. He’s now asking the public to support his vision and help scale TNF’s impact and ensure no child gets left behind.

With his crowdfunding campaign launched on local donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, Trevor hopes to raise R2 Million, from Giving Tuesday (27th of November) until the 31st of December 2018.

#GivingTuesdaySA, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Funds raised by the crowdfunding campaign, will be matched 1:1 by Trevor himself up to R2 million rand. The funds will be carefully managed by the Trevor Noah Foundation to assist various schools across South Africa and eliminate obstacles that stand in the way of students and teachers reaching their full potential.


As a special thank you, donors will be randomly selected to receive the following:

  • 5 donors will receive a pair of VIP Tickets to the Global Citizen Festival on 2 December 2018 (#GivingTuesdaySA special! Only donations received by 27 November will qualify.)

  • 20 donors will receive a signed copy of Trevor’s memoir, “Born a Crime”.

  • 1 Person will get a personal thank you tweet from Trevor

  • 1 donor will receive a pair of tickets to Trevor’s next comedy show in South Africa (dates TBA)

“On this giving Tuesday I’m excited to be donating more money into the Trevor Noah Foundation which supports schools and teachers around South Africa. I want to challenge you to do the same thing. If you donate, I’ll be donating whatever you do and matching it up to R2 million! Let’s make this happen!” – says Noah

“When the powerful and the many work together, massive change is possible. Trevor’s matching, Rand-4-Rand every donation made by people across the world up to R2million !  That’s an incredible commitment to being part of the change we need in SA and in a way that recognises that this is something we can do together. Respecting, giving recognition and supporting the teachers in who’s hands we place our children, the leaders and custodians of our future, it’s a cause we’re honoured to facilitate through BackaBuddy.”- – says BackaBuddy, CEO, Patrick Schofield


To support Trevor’s #GivingTuesdaySA Challenge on BackaBuddy visit:

Alternatively make use of this Snapscan code to donate:

Up next, Trevor Noah is hosting the inaugural Global Citizens Festival at FNB stadium in Johannesburg where he will be making a special announcement. Stay tuned.

For more information on the Trevor Noah foundation visit:

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