About Us

Since 1999, the KMF has identified promising young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and given them a chance to change their own futures.

OUR VISION:

To ensure access to quality education and equal opportunities for all – building a nation of positive leaders and citizens.

OUR MISSION:

The Kay Mason Foundation provides talented, underprivileged scholars access to quality education, psycho-social support and life opportunities that build tomorrow’s leaders of families and communities, South Africa and the world.

The Kay Mason Foundation is unlike most scholarship funds.

We look at both the academic and personal potential of the candidate and support them in both areas for the duration of their schooling.

We’ve identified the top schools around South Africa and match the right learner with the right institute so that their experience is rewarding in all aspects.

We are proud of the learners who have passed through the Kay Mason Foundation program, excelling and developing as people along the way.

Watching our graduates begin to give back themselves later in life is additional reward.

Watch the video and meet the team who run the program as well as some of the KMF Junior scholars in the Junior program classrooms.

Meet our patron

Ultimately, our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Patron.

Meet our founder

Richard Mason

Meet the Team

Our South African Team

Lauren Bright
Lauren Bright
CEO

Kay Mason Foundation CEO, Lauren Bright, has over 20 years’ experience in the events, sponsorship procurement, NPO, fundraising, client service and operational project management arena. She has worked on large scale and global events and prides herself on her ability to adapt, pivot and get things done. She has a Bachelor’s degree in African Languages and Industrial Psychology. She is a trained Neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and corporate coach, as well as an abstract artist. Lauren was previously the Country Manager for Operation Smile South Africa and started her position as CEO at the Kay Mason Foundation beginning of 2021.

Lindie Ammon
Lindie Ammon
Finance

Lindie was born in Cape Town and after matriculating at JG Meiring High School, went to study at Boland College Stellenbosch, where she obtained her Cost and Management Accounting Diploma. Lindie married Maans Ammon on the 9th of March 2013 and the couple was soon blessed with the birth of a little girl, Lené Ammon, born 20 November 2013.

Lindie loves working with children and have a passion to positively influence the lives of people less privileged. Her professional career started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 5 years. She then entered the non-profit sector during 2007 where she worked at Epilepsy South Africa for almost six years before joining the Kay Mason Foundation in April 2013 as the Administration and Finance Manager.

Lindie enjoys working at the Kay Mason Foundation where every day is so rewarding when one can see how the KMF children develop into strong leaders of the future.

 

Stacey-Anne Maritz
Stacey-Anne Maritz
Marketing & Fundraising

Stacey has always excelled at whatever she puts her mind to do. A successful career in the film industry encompassed working her way up from Production Assistant to Producer and this was accomplished within only 8 years. From there she went onto animation production working for an additional 8 years as one of South Africa’s only Animation Producers in some of the country’s best post-production studios, and in conjunction with international distributors and animation houses in the UK and Canada.

In this time Stacey also studied to be a Project Manager and was subsequently hired as the National Events Manager for Rennies Travel, one of the largest Travel Management Companies in SA, where she also embarked on additional Marketing Management studies. In October 2020 Stacey was given the incredible opportunity to be the Marketer and Fundraiser for the Kay Mason Foundation where she brings her expertise in Project Management, sponsorship liaisons, and networking with her usual all-around bubbly, “give it her all” attitude! She is also a proud mom of 2 boys.

Manecia Cogill
Manecia Cogill
Office Support

Manecia was Born and educated in Cape Town. She pursued a career in the medical aid industry in 2011, where she worked across all fields of work notably, data capturing, personal assistant, and training new employees. She has also worked in construction and retail. Manecia says, “By the grace of GOD, I was then blessed with the opportunity to work at Kay Mason Foundation as an Office Administrator in the first quarter of 2021”. She is a mom of two beautiful children, has a strong passion for people, I love what she does!

Stephanie Kotze
Stephanie Kotze
Social Development

Stephanie was born in the Northern Suburbs in Cape Town on the 2nd July. She studied a BA in Social Work at the Huguenot College and graduated in 2012. She got married in October 2013 to Jaco Kotze and they were blessed with two beautiful Daughters who were born in 2015 and 2019.

Prior to joining the Kay Mason Foundation Stephanie worked for 5 years at an NPO, The Deaf Community of Cape Town, where she absolutely loved learning a new Language, namely Sign Language. Stephanie has always been passionate about children, their development, and their well-being. She joined the Kay Mason Foundation in December 2019 as the Development Manager and has since been able to live out her dream of developing children and ensuring that they reach their full potential.

Almarie Slazus
Almarie Slazus
Social Development

Almarie Slazus is a qualified social worker who worked at Hermanus High School for seven years where her focus was providing support and guidance to high school students. She loved working in the school system and working together as a team to ensure that the best environment was created where the students feel safe and cared for.

Almarie has a passion for working with teenagers with a special interest in trauma counseling and play therapy. She loves group work and presenting workshops.

Her goal is to help teenagers understand themselves, their emotions, and their actions better not only to teach them new skills to deal with it but to give them the tools to thrive and flourish within themselves!

Kholofelo Magongoa
Kholofelo Magongoa
Catapult Program Coordinator

Kholo was born in Pretoria, she lived in Sweden for 5 years of school career and completed her high school when her family returned to South Africa in the Eastern Cape, at the Lady Grey Arts Academy. She pursued her tertiary studies in Information Science in her first year at the University of Pretoria but later decided to study a BA in International Relations at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Kholo has been passionate about children for as long as she can remember. From taking care of her relatives’ children and actively volunteering for local charities, to partnering with communities to motivate young girls to chase after their dreams no matter what. Kholo’s passion for working with children was further ignited when she worked at Reach For A Dream where she actively got to be a part of impacting lives through hope and dreams. She joined the Kay Mason Foundation in June 2021 as the Catapult Project Leader where she believes she will continue to touch the lives of those entrusted to her.

Our Board of Trustees

Dr Leyla Hussein
Dr Leyla Hussein
Martin Autotte
Martin Autotte
Noluvuyo Ntilashe
Noluvuyo Ntilashe
Eva-Maria Dimitriadis
Eva-Maria Dimitriadis
Sasha Knott
Sasha Knott
Cathering Gull
Cathering Gull
Chloe Blumberg
Chloe Blumberg
John Trahan
John Trahan
Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper
David De Coning
David De Coning
Henry Dowding
Henry Dowding
Richard Mason
Richard Mason
Alexandra Zintle
Alexandra Zintle
Amanda St Levans
Amanda St Levans

Governance

The Kay Mason Foundation combines rigorous governance standards with a deeply caring approach – no Scholar is a number to us.

Our Programs for Success ensure that each Kay Mason Foundation Scholar receives the tailored support they need to overcome their personal challenges and take their places as leaders in civic society.

The Kay Mason Foundation UK supports the initiatives of the Kay Mason Foundation in South Africa by supporting with fundraising, governance, strategic alignment, mentoring and leadership capacity. A key role of the UK Trust is to link up and procure UK Donors that can support the Kay Mason Foundation scholars, various programs and events – all initiatives are provided to strengthen the Foundation both locally and abroad.

To download our latest financial statements click here.

Kay Mason Foundation South Africa Trust

IT 397/2001
Registered address:
Unit 2 Omnipark,
102 Edward Street,
Oakdale,
7530

BEE Level 1 Contributor (SED & Skills Development)

135% BEE scorecard recognition level of your CSI contribution.
Partnering with the KMF gives you the opportunity for scoring both Socio-Economic Development and Skills Development points.

NPO registration: NPO 091-998

Duly registered and compliant with the NPO Directorate, a division of the South African Department of Social Development and regulator of South African NPO’s.

Registered with SARS for section 18A PBO registration 930036244

Contributions to the Kay Mason Foundation can be deducted from taxable income on presentation of the section 18A receipt.

Kay Mason Foundation USA Inc. (NY) (Under Section 402 of the New York Not-For-Profit-Corporation Law)

Certificate of Incorporation number: 131129000234 Exempt from Federal income tax: 501(c)(3) Employer Identification number: 46-4165645

Section 501 (c)(3) provides a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, for some donors who make charitable contributions to Kay Mason foundation USA Inc.

Registered address:
110 East 59th Street,
22nd Floor New York
NY 10022

Kay Mason Foundation

Charity Registered number: 1094073

Registered Address:
Unit 2 Omnipark,
102 Edward Street,
Oakdale,
7530

Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid – a tax incentive in the UK if you give to Kay Mason Foundation.