Andrew Rolfe is a board member at the Ubuntu Education Fund as well as one of the more prolific benefactors of the non profit. Andrew Rolfe‘s work has taken on renewed importance with the re-invention of how the Ubuntu Education Fund is pursuing potential benefactors to work with the company. This big change can be owed, in part, to founder Jacob Lief and his passion for making the Ubuntu Fund the life changing charity that he had envision.
The Ubuntu Education Fund was established in order to raise money in order to fund the education for children that cannot afford it in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Lief knows how important his work is because it is something that will literally change the lives of countless people involved. So it should surprise nobody that Lief is determined to make sure he is doing everything in his power to make the Ubuntu Fund a successful venture. Lief knew that his company needed to be reinvented after a trip abroad to the World Economic Forum.
Lief was chosen to speak at the World Economic Forum‘s yearly gathering, this one in Davos, in order to spread the word on his work. While he was there he came to a stunning realization and moment of truth: his work just wasn’t effective enough. Despite all of the donations flying into the non profit, the Ubuntu Education Fund wasn’t working efficiently enough to actually make a functional difference. Something had to change and that change would come by way of the Ubuntu Model.
The Ubuntu Model seeks to fundamentally re-evaluate the relationship between benefactor and non profit. For years the Ubuntu Education Fund had been seeking donations from anyone, regardless of all the regulations and stipulations that came with the money. This was going to change for good. Lief says, “We now go for high net-worth individuals or family foundations who understand that highly restricted funding isn’t worth our time.”
This change in funding attitude was met by a warm welcome with Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board. Though no doubt Andrew Rolfe was worried about diminished numbers, the Ubuntu Model would end up succeeding in every way imaginable.