With each new passing disaster that strikes one portion of the world, one lesson becomes more and more painfully clear, charitable organizations need help providing aid to those affected by unforeseeable disasters. It seems that far too often the resources available to aid organizations is simply not enough to truly negate all of the damage caused by the grievous misfortunes forced upon innocent lives.
The most recent debacle that occurred with the mishandling of funds given to charitable organizations tasked with helping flooding victims pushed the dangers of mismanaged charities onto the public consciousness. Though much worse than mismanaged money and much more prevalent, far too often charitable organizations are plagued by restrictions set upon their operations by the very donors that support their endeavors.
It is not widely known among people outside of the charitable organizations’ circle but donors will often gift money and capital with restrictions set in place to prevent the gifted resources from being used in a way that would be disagreeable to the donor. Originally a good safeguard against misuse of resources, those restrictions have begun to hamper many charitable organizations ability to help individuals across the world.
The Ubuntu Fund, Andrew Rolfe, and a Better Charitable Effort
As an answer to the restrictions that far too often tie the hands of those that intend to help, Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board members of the Ubuntu Fund have decided to go about business a little differently than others within their industry.
The Ubuntu Fund, which was created to help disadvantaged children in South Africa, has begun refusing to accept donations from donors that set restrictions on the use of gifts. Instead, the charitable organization has begun to take more responsibility for how and when the funds are used while fundamentally changing a donor and organization relationship standard that has for too long gone unquestioned.
Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board have been able to positively influence countless lives in South Africa with their new philosophy towards donor and organization relations.
Jacob Lief is the CEO and founder of Ubuntu Education Fund, an organization that helps less privileged children in South Africa. For years, he has been collecting money from various donors to help vulnerable children in Eastern Cape of South Africa. Lief targets high-net-worth individuals who give out grants without restrictions.
The role of Ubuntu Education Fund in philanthropy
According to Lief, limited funding limits the achievement of Ubuntu Education Fund’s objective, which is to set up charities to help children. Lief’s organization employs the “Ubuntu model” to come up with plans to improve the lives of children languishing in poverty. Research reveals that getting donors who give out their money without restrictions is difficult. Among the most demanding benefactors is the late Peter Lewis, an executive from Cleveland, Ohio.
Other financiers impose their wishes on how to run their charities on their last will. A good example is Albert Barnes, an art dealer who did not want his art moved from Philadelphia. It took a long legal battle for the charity organization to gain control of Albert’s assets. So as to minimize these conflicts, it is advisable that a donor becomes a member of the non-profit board. This way the donor feels engaged to the cause. However, this comes with its limitations, especially if the donor is interested in supporting a particular project.
About Andrew Rolfe
Andrew Rolfe sits on the board of directors of Ubuntu Fund, Rolfe is an Oxford-educated scholar. He is proud holder of an MBA from the well-known Harvard Business School. Rolfe holds a degree in M.A., which equips him with skills for managing donor funds. Rolfe has been an active member of the board of Ubuntu Fund for close to a decade now. As the chairman of this foundation, Rolfe is responsible for overseeing the development of plans aimed at helping the children in the community. He is committed to improving the health, education standards, and the stability of people in the society. Rolfe is also responsible for managing donations given out for charities. He has since donated more than $100,000 to the Ubuntu Education Fund. Rolfe is skilled in the management and mobilization of corporate leaders to raise funds in an attempt to help needy children.