The Founder

Dr Sarah Venter

The Baobab Foundation was founded in 2014 by Dr Sarah Venter who is an ecologist and entrepreneur and has been involved in the baobab industry for 20 years. She is widely known for her scientific contributions to baobab ecology with numerous papers published. Her research has included demographic studies of baobab populations, ecology and reproductive biology.

She is an Associate Researcher with the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2006 she founded EcoProducts CC, a company that produces baobab powder and oil for local and global markets. She is currently doing a Postdoc with the University of Venda on the ecology of baobab trees.

Years of on the ground research

How to make a donation to the Baobab Foundation:

• Send an email to the Baobab Foundation to info and let us know:

1) which programme you would like to make a contribution towards and
2) what amount (in Rands, Dollars, Euros, Pounds) you will be contributing to each programme.

• We will send you an invoice indicating your donation amount for each programme.
• Make a bank transfer to the Foundation Account and inform us of your payment.
• We will confirm receipt of your payment by email and issue a receipt (or Section 18 receipt for use in South Africa).
• Your donation will be allocated to the correct program account and we will let you know when and how it will be used.


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Legal Stuff

The Baobab Foundation is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) with the South African Department of Social Development. The Baobab Foundation is registered with SARS (South African Revenue Service) as a Public Benefit Organisation with a tax number and can issue Section 18 receipts which allows donations from South African Companies to be tax deductible.

Registration number: 179-327 NPO
Tax Reference Number: 9014328273