If you took one look at the Ubuntu Fund you would know exactly why they are successful. The team behind the Ubuntu Education Fund is comprised of compassionate, hardworking, and successful business men and women. The Ubuntu Fund’s goal is to give the children of Port Elizabeth a chance to live a life where they are fed, housed, educated, and loved. Founder and CEO Jacob Lief along with his board, headed by Andrew Rolfe, have been focusing on new ways that they can improve the growth of their fund. One of the best ways, it turns out, is by changing just how they pursue fundraising.
The problem with non profits is that they are particularly beholden to the men and women benefactors that so gracefully donate their time and money to the program. However, these donations come at a cost — the benefactors want some measure of control over how this money is spent. At face value there is nothing wrong with a benefactor who stays engaged in the progress but problems still do arise. Andrew Rolfe and Jacob Lief know first hand that a needy benefactor can end up hamstringing how successful a non profit can be. When earmarked money is prevented from reaching the places that it needs to go in order to help people, everyone ends up losing — including the donor. This line of thinking has brought on Andrew Rolfe and Jacob Lief’s finest achievement: the Ubuntu Model.
The Ubuntu Model, as explained by Jacob Lief and approved by Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board, focuses entirely on where they get their donations from. Rolfe and co found out, through trial and error, that the most effective donations tend to come from high net-worth individuals and family based foundations. These foundations are most willing to allow a non profit the kind of freedom that they need in order to successfully do their job. The Ubuntu Model is all about giving control back to non profits like the Ubuntu Education Fund. We’re excited to see how the Ubuntu Model takes off in the future as more people come to the realization that it is effective.