The Foundation

History and Mission

Through a generous personal investment by Ms. Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation (OWLAF) was established to fund the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa (OWLAG).

From the start, Oprah Winfrey knew that university study was essential to the students achieving their professional and personal goals, contributing to society and establishing financial independence.

The goals of the Foundation are to:

1. Serve as a bridge between the Academy and tertiary institutions.

2. Support the students through their tertiary studies.

3. Identify bursaries to fund students in tertiary programmes.


In the interest of long-term sustainability of the Foundation, we are seeking partners in furthering our mission and there are many opportunities to get involved. Gifts at every level are welcome as we see them as an endorsement of the work of the Academy and the Foundation. Gifts at certain levels will receive special acknowledgement.

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Foundation, you may make use of one of the following options:

Cheques can be mailed to:

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation
OW Management LLC
1041 N Formosa Ave.
West Hollywood, CA 90046, USA

Online donations

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Please note that the Foundation does not make donations to individuals or institutions. To find out how you can contribute to the Academy or fund a bursary for one of our university students, please contact the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.