Running a successful non-profit is a delicate balancing act. Firstly, the founder and the leadership of the charity must have defined goals and mission statements. Secondly, donors issue restrictions and guidelines on the way their resources should be spent. This may force charities to adjust their mission statements to qualify for funding from specific donors. Andrew Rolfe, the chairman of Ubuntu Education Fund, is helping the non-profit stay on course by shifting the focus to the financing without control.
Ubuntu Fund supports youth education and social welfare in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Andrew Rolfe has extensive executive leadership experience in the business. He is leveraging this experience to bring innovative leadership and operational models that chart the way for Ubuntu Fund to operate free from donor influence.
Donors flex their muscles by specifying and can even force charities to give them decision-making power in picking activities. While the money flows in, the organization is at odds to match its goals to the requirements of the donor. The result is that the non-profits’ efficiency suffers. Consequently, the money does not influence as many lives as it should have.
While the budget from non-restrictive donors may be smaller, the impact on the goal is bigger. For example, under the stellar leadership of Andrew Rolfe, Ubuntu Fund can employ internally designed models to ensure beneficiaries get the specific attention they require. This enables them to achieve the crucial goal of obtaining a personalized education that empowers recipients to get out of the poverty.
Non-profits are increasingly saying no to dollars with strings. Andrew Rolfe believes that with strong leadership, non-profit organizations should enjoy the flexibility to innovate and establish the most cost-efficient way to deliver on their goals. This enables Ubuntu Fund to focus fully on executing the mission to meet the needs of the target groups. This model enables a stronger emphasis on the depth of impact as opposed to a bigger spread.
Additionally, the non-profit can address related challenges that individual beneficiaries face enabling quicker attainment of preset goals. While administrative overheads are part of the non-profit system of operation, they should remain a minimal part of the overall budget.