Cotton On Foundation Ethekwini students

The Cotton On Foundation is the Cotton On Group’s philanthropic arm, dedicated to empowering youth globally.

We believe that quality education is critical to ending extreme global poverty. Today, approximately 59 million primary aged children are not currently attending school worldwide. This is a statistic we’re doing everything we can to change. We work directly with communities in need, delivering quality education projects in Southern Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia. Throughout the work of the Cotton On Foundation we educate our customers and team members on our mission; to create 20,000 educational places by the year 2020.


Cotton On Foundation Mannya students

In November 2007, we arrived in Mannya village, Uganda.

Known to be an area rife with HIV/AIDS and deemed “Mission Impossible” by its local diocese, the community needed help. A lack of education, basic infrastructure and healthcare facilities had led to a village in desperate need of a helping hand. What started as a simple donation to complete the build of a healthcare centre in this small African village became a life-changing partnership with the people of Southern Uganda and the newly founded Cotton On Foundation. Since then, we’ve grown our partnerships to communities all over the world.


Thanks to the support of our passionate team members and customers, here’s what we’ve achieved to date:

  • Established 5,300 educational places
  • Sponsored 1,750 students through our sponsorship program
  • Delivered 5,047 Desmond Tutu desks to nine schools across South Africa
  • 331 babies have been delivered in Southern Ugandan maternity wards
  • Supported 16 schools in Southern Uganda
  • 140 young people attended music workshops in Yirrkala, Northern Territory
  • 428 people have participated in our ‘Nutrition Mission’ program, aiming to improve community health and help eradicate malnutrition


Cotton On Group tote bags

How do we do it?

Cotton On Foundation products are sold in over 1,000 of our stores globally. 100% of proceeds from each sale go back to our global projects. In partnership with Cotton On Group team members and the incredible generosity of customers across our seven brands, we work with the people of these communities to create
healthy and sustainable futures for them and their families. 

All projects are based on four pillars; health, education, sustainability and infrastructure. These were derived from the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. In line with the Millennium Development Goals and our mission to develop 20,000 educational places across our projects by the year 2020, we are helping
to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life.


Visit the Cotton On Foundation website to learn more about our projects.