A Legacy of Generosity
Like many institutions of its kind, Hilton College is reliant on the financial support of our alumni and broader community to keep our school world-class and relevant.
Thankfully, generations of Old Hiltonians, moved by their life-changing years at this school, together with our community of families and friends, have built a significant Hilton College legacy.
Every donation we receive is converted into powerful, tangible change – for individuals, our school, the natural world and for the local communities around us.
My greatest joy in all this is that it belongs to us; that it is a gift, in trust, from the Old Boys. It is a trust that you and I must honour. It is a gift that we must keep safe. We can do that by giving; by building up an endowment fund that will make it completely safe and independent for posterity.
– W.A. “WAC” Campbell, Old Hiltonian and Benefactor
How You Can Make A Difference
We welcome donations to any of the four main causes we advance. In addition, we gratefully accept donations towards any project that doesn’t specifically fit into any of these categories.
The Lift Up Your Hearts Fund
As a school that embraces diversity, we aim to attract and, if necessary, support boys from diverse backgrounds. To create a rich experience for all Hilton boys, it’s essential that we have representation across different socio-economic groups, geographic areas and cultures.
The Lift Up Your Hearts Fund grants financial aid (bursaries and scholarships) to boys of families for whom our school fees are out of reach. This includes the sons of Old Hiltonians.
The Pinnacles Fund
Our school has magnificent grounds and amenities, including a 450-seater theatre, state-of-the-art music centre, museum, and enviable sporting facilities, set on a 1,600-hectare property, which is arguably beyond compare. These assets contribute to the exceptional and unique learning experience we offer our boys.
To remain a pre-eminent school, we must maintain our campus and build new facilities when required. The Pinnacles Fund supports the upkeep of our school campus and funds new infrastructure projects.
The uMngeni Fund
Generations of Hiltonians fondly remember exploring the Gwens Valley with its beautiful waterfalls, tubing down the uMngeni River, or spending lazy days at Pinnacles or Rolling Stones. Our estate and nature reserve have cultivated in our boys a deep appreciation for wildlife and conservation. In this time of climate change and environmental degradation, our estate offers a unique educational experience.
The uMngeni Fund supports the maintenance of our estate and funds conservation and educational environmental community projects
The Vula Fund
The Vula Programme is the Hiltonian Society’s community service initiative, created to raise the teaching standard of high school mathematics and physical science at schools in disadvantaged communities. The only organisation of its kind in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, it has a reputation for delivering relevant, meaningful and cost-effective educational interventions and development opportunities since 2001.
The Vula Fund supports modern technologies, innovative teaching methods and experienced facilitators that bring about positive social change.
Ways To Give Back
Old Hiltonians, parents and friends can support Hilton College in many ways. In addition to the four funds detailed above, ways to give back include legacy gifts in the form of bequests, the donation of shares, and other fundraising projects and ways to support our school.
When giving, you decide which fund to support, the value and frequency of your donation, and whether or not you want to give anonymously. We also welcome donations towards any cause that means a lot to you.
By donating to Hilton College, you may derive a tax benefit. The Hiltonian Society and the Hilton College Endowment Foundation both qualify to issue Section 18A tax certificates under the South African Income Tax Act. The UK, USA and Canada offer similar tax-deductible incentives.
To find out more about this, please get in touch with the Advancement Team via
Whichever way you choose to give back, your generosity is appreciated.
You can reach Craig Goodenough on:
Tel: +27 33 330 6176 or
Building the Hilton College Legacy Together
We flourish today thanks to the generosity of the Hilton College community.
How Nathan Julius’s singing moved our rugby players.
How Thabiso Dlamini’s Hilton College journey opened doors for him.
We are grateful for all the support we receive. Each and every donation contributes to our ongoing legacy and vision as a school that lifts up others, and in so doing, inspires future generations to do the same.
In recognition of those who have extended their support, we publish the names of benefactors in The Hiltonian magazine every year.
We recently established the 1872 Society for benefactors who have contributed substantially to Hilton College. Admission to this prestigious group is by invitation of the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Hiltonian Society.
If you are considering giving back to Hilton College, please contact us with any queries or to request further information.
Director of Advancement
Cell: +27 66 302 3869
Alumni & Donor Relations
Cell: +27 72 872 9357
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