When your goal is to change lives, save children, and make a difference in the world it is absolutely imperative you do as much as you can. The team at the Ubuntu Education Fund, for years, has been seeking to find a way to bring education to poverty stricken children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. These children need the chance to learn in order to earn a better life and the Ubuntu Fund is one opportunity for them. Jacob Lief, the founder of the Ubuntu Fund, decided to pursue a dramatic re-imagining of how his non-profit was going to work in order to help these children.
It all starts with the hard working board at the Ubuntu Fund. Led by Andrew Rolfe, who has donated $100,000 of his own money to the cause, the Ubuntu Education Fund sought out different ways to raise money to help the children in need. The Ubuntu Fund, for years, had been collecting as much money as they could via donations. The problem with this course of action was that these donations would come in the form of earmarked, red tape stricken, and benefactor exclusive forms. The Ubuntu Fund was never able to maximize their efficiency with these donations. Benefactors were simply too hands on.
So Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe decided that a change was required and this brought them to the new Ubuntu Model. Now the Ubuntu Model focuses on only high net worth individuals who can afford to have their donations come with no strings attached. The Ubuntu Fund’s new benefactors are high net worth individuals as well as fully established family foundations. These benefactors know how important it is for the non profit to have as much flexibility as possible.
Jacob Lief came to this decision while speaking at the World Economic Forum. He realized that all of the money he was raising wasn’t going where it needed to be. Thus he brought the suggestion to Andrew Rolfe and here we are today. The Ubuntu Fund may be raising less money than before but the efficiency difference has more than made up for the change. Lives are back to being changed for the better.