For a philanthropic organization like Ubuntu Education Fund, empowering the society through education is a long-term vision. Ubuntu Education Fund was conceptualized and implemented by Jacob Lief and Malizole Gwaxula. Lief is a philanthropist whose emphasis is on changing people’s lives.
Since the inception of Ubuntu, Lief has been part of high-profile fundraisers aimed at raising money for the organization. One of the most recent events that he attended is the World Economic Forum, which took place in Davos.
According to Lief, who also serves as Ubuntu’s CEO, the organization targets vulnerable kids hailing from South Africa’s Port Elizabeth townships. One of the ways through which the institution raises funds to support needy children is through charitable donations.
Most of Ubuntu’s donors are high net-worth individuals. Though the institution has a small budget, it manages to achieve more through what is known as the “Ubuntu model.” This model ensures that Ubuntu’s professionals, such as Andrew Wolfe collaborate with communities and families in developing health and education plans for needy kids to escape poverty. Andrew Wolfe also chairs Ubuntu’s strategic planning meetings.
The struggle for finding donors
Non-profit organizations usually rely on financial support from donors to implement their programs. Some donors are willing to provide their financial aid with no strings attached. Jacob Lief and Andrew Wolfe only work with donors who are willing to find ways in which the children can be supported instead of setting restrictions on how the donations should be used.
About Ubuntu Education Fund
Ubuntu Education Fund is guided by a radical and simple mission: to assist vulnerable and orphaned kids from Port Elizabeth by giving them everything they need to escape poverty. The organization’s success story began in 1999 when Lief and Gwaxula were trying to address an aspect of education crises in South Africa. They realized that though students had learning materials, most of them could not concentrate in class because of hunger, family issues, and HIV/AIDS.
Today, Ubuntu has enabled over 400,000 people to lead comfortable lives and access quality education. As the board chair, Andrew Wolfe ensures that the organization is focused on comprehensive health and education services and household stability.