The educational venture that has today bloomed into Adeleke University had its beginning in the Springtime Development Foundation (SDF) (RC No. 8109), a not- for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) founded in 1996 by Dr. Adedeji Adeleke. The SDF came with a vision to empower disadvantaged communities, people and individuals to improve themselves and their environments. Within ten years of its existence, the SDF had registered operational presence in every state in Nigeria assisting people at the grass root of the populace to attain higher quality of life.
By its charter, the SDF provides relief materials to the poor and needy as well as victims of natural and social disasters. However, SDF intervention goes beyond providing aids. It seeks permanent solutions to the problem of poverty, diseases, hunger, and ignorance, social and political disabilities. This is where its educational intervention through the establishment of Adeleke University finds relevance. The SDF has as its mission statement “to provide appropriate physical and social basic structure upon which the less-privileged in any target people/group can be encouraged to build sustainable decent quality life”.