Philanthropy is a noble course that not many can take part in. It cannot be pegged on how affluent or influential an individual is, but rather on the willingness and commitment to help others succeed. Those dedicated to philanthropy like Andrew Rolfe understands this perfectly well. Through Ubuntu Education Fund, Rolfe is positively impacting on the lives of many low-income families in South Africa. He understands perfectly well that having unlimited funds does not necessarily mean that charity work will become more effective. For this reason, he was on the front line in redefining Ubuntu’s funding policy that brought about the weeding out process of all donors who attached strings to their donations. The policy was dubbed the Ubuntu Model.
The Unique Ubuntu Is
Ubuntu Foundation Fund is based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. Andrew Rolfe and Gregory Secker, the two key leaders in the organization, are dedicated to helping orphans access quality education and medication. The leadership believes in investing in people so that they can initiate self-growth within themselves as opposed to giving them handouts. It, however, gives clothes and shelter to those hard-hit by poverty, with the realization that health and education are dependent on those basics. Unlike in other non-profits who source for lots of funds that in most cases end up diluting their philanthropic agenda, Ubuntu focuses on the quality of service it gives to the people. Donors associated with it are only those who agrees to abide by the Ubuntu Model.
Attracting Other Philanthropists
As the Ubuntu Education Fund’ chairperson, Andrew Rolfe has earned respect and admiration of many people across the globe. As such, he has attracted other potential philanthropists to join in and help the foundation grow. These people quickly buy Rolfe’s ideas and are patient enough to wait until the foundation’s long-term projects come to fruition. This is unlike some donors who make donations and instead of leaving non-profits to execute their mandate, they force their ideas and projects. Rolfe demands from donors that they put beneficiaries first before their glory.
Andrew Rolfe is a distinguished scholar of the University of Oxford from where he attained a Business Economics degree. He also holds a master’s degree from the high-status Harvard.