The Ubuntu Fund is a non-profit organization based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The NGO focuses on offering health and educational aid to helpless and orphaned children in South Africa. Jacob Lief is the founder and the CEO of Ubuntu Fund.
John Lief discovered that most the donations to the organization had been ineffective in fulfilling its purpose of changing the lives of its beneficiaries. Most of the donations and grants have so many strings attached, and Lief decided to alter his organization’s policy by refusing donations from donors who restricted the use of the funds. His aim was to find the best way to assist the children for which the fund was created to help.
Patrick Boggon, the director of Tarnside Consulting, explains that benefactors that are on the Board of NGOS have a right to control the operations of the organization specifically if that donor has professional expertise on the relevant matter. Therefore, the organization will benefit from the grantor’s knowledge and the donor’s engagement in the cause is guaranteed.
Charitable organizations require an on-going source of cash that can be used on anything such as the acquisitions of IT systems to the training of the Staff, and as such it will allow the organization to be efficient or help it to expand its programs. For this reason, John Lief believes that when funds are reserved for specific projects, it leave the NGO without the flexibility to be innovative.
Andrew Rolfe is the chairman of the Ubuntu Education Fund, and he also serves the community of Zwide, Port Elizabeth to alleviate issues in healthcare, education, and social welfare. Andrew Rolfe holds remarkable credentials such as his Bachelor of Arts from Oxford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Andrew Rolfe responded to an article featured by The Financial Times by countering that Ubuntu Fund is not a typical non-profit whose goal is to ensure its operating system is installed on all laptops. Instead, Andrew Rolfe explains that the NGO is focused in bring real change to its benefactors.
Ubuntu Fund has an average social media presence with 265 YouTube subscribers, 13,000 likes on its Facebook page, 2919 followers and 5147 tweets on its Twitter page and lastly, 1379 followers on its Instagram page.