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Non-governmental organizations engaged in charitable activities faces operational challenges especially in their relations with powerful individual and organization benefactors. Most of these donors restrict the activities their funds can be used to finance. Additionally, others insist on having representatives on the board of directors of the organizations. Other organizations have restrictions on the funding duration, insisting that the non-profits must apply for the grants on a yearly basis.
Restricting the activities these non-profits can finance with donor funds poses serious operational challenges these charitable organizations. This is because it leaves some vital aspects of their operations underfunded while others overly funded. This conflict of interest is also manifested when donors insist on having representatives on the board of directors of the non-profits they are supporting. While some of their expertise like that of its chairman, Andrew Rolfe, can be used to drive the non-profits forward, it can create leadership tensions due to differences in priorities. Moreover, yearly grant application and limitations usually disrupt the running of operations in these non-profits as some of them need continuous flow of funds to run. Despite these challenges, some non-profits such as Ubuntu Fund are increasingly pushing to operate independently of their donors. Founded by Jacob Lief, Ubuntu Fund under the chairmanship of Andrew Rolfe is revolutionizing how non-profits operate by only accepting funds from donors who will allow for independence when it comes to decision making.
Under the leadership of Andrew Rolfe as the chairman, Ubuntu Fund has adopted a new operational strategy dubbed the “Ubuntu model”. The model is beneficiary-driven and seeks to develop plans that are customized to meet the specific needs of these beneficiaries. Operating primarily within the Greater Port Elizabeth Area in South Africa, the non-profit is committed towards offering educational support for vulnerable children in the region. This includes sponsoring them through primary and college education with the view of helping them develop socially and economically.
Additionally, the organization is committed towards providing quality health services to the beneficiaries of its efforts especially those suffering from diseases such as HIV/AIDS. By remodeling its operations, Ubuntu Fund aims at positively using the expertise of its board of directors some of whom are seasoned executives in different fields. For example, Andrew Rolfe is a seasoned and well-educated executive who has long history of managing several companies and projects.
Sometimes, even after achieving a cash flow for nonprofit endeavors most innovators find that all this money is not being used to change the lives of people as they intended in the first place. Lief is the founding and managing director of Ubuntu education fund, which is specifically meant to help children in Port Elizabeth in South Africa. He changed his strategy and began rejecting funding that came from donors with a ton of restrictions on how the money should be used. Instead, he began to scout for other ways that he could best serve the children, which was his intention in the first place when setting up the charity initiative.
Jacob says that the foundation now works and partners with high net worth individuals and family foundations who have a great understanding of how restricted funding may not necessarily meet their intended purposes. He appreciates that despite the organization fund being lesser than before, it sis able to achieve more and affect the lives of the children in a better way. The Ubuntu model, which is the organization’s strategy, is to work closely with individual families and entire communities to help provide education, stability and health to those who need it as a way of escaping poverty.
It is not always easy for nonprofits to find donors that are willing to offer funding with no strings attached. While some donors may want to specify the projects for which their funds are to be used, others want to be part of the management and oversight of how the organization is run. Sometimes having dollars as part of the board can be very helpful especially if they have any relevant experience.
For Ubuntu, Andrew Rolfe has been such talent. He is the chair of the board of directors of Ubuntu foundation and a major part in ensuring that funding to the association is given without restrictions. Andrew Rolfe is one of the steady donors of the foundation that is providing suitable leadership. Rolfe has contributed over 100000 dollars to the fund since 2011. His skills in managing donor funds were achieved from St. Edmund hall in Oxford where Andrew Rolfe graduated with a M. A.