The non-profit sector encounters many obstacles that are unique to the sector and not shared by their counterparts in the private sector. Restrictions set in place by government agencies to ensure a non-profit can maintain its non-profit tax status are one aspect not shared between the two separate sectors. Though the restrictions set in place by the government often pale in comparison to the restriction put on non-profits by their donors.
These restrictions often limit what a non-profit can spend grants on as well as often set stringent timelines ending with non-profits needing to consistently reapply for grants. All of this works towards limiting a non-profit’s ability to operate as well as grow. Though these restrictions are in no way created with the sole intention of limiting a non-profit’s ability to operate and are altruistic in nature and intent, they severely hamper non-profits ability to perform essential duties that any other business would be able to do freely.
Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund
In response to the difficulties faced by non-profits and after a realization that more good could be done by non-profits, the Ubuntu fund, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged families living in South Africa, decided to revisit the way donors and non-profits interact. Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board set out to cultivate relationships with donors that understood setting limits on non-profits, although well intended, does more harm than good.
The relationships between non-profits and their donors have always faced inherent obstacles as both parties have a vision, and often varying visions from the other, of what is the best course of action to ensure a non-profit can help those who need it. Though Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund are helping smooth out the give and take that occurs between donors and charitable organizations. In turn, Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund are paving the way for drastic changes within the non-profit sector.
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