Andrew Rolfe and the Game Changing Ubuntu Model

The Ubuntu Education Fund is a charity/non-profit that is focused on helping the impoverished and vulnerable children of the Eastern Cape in South Africa. These children deserve a shot at a full life and the team at Ubuntu have been trying to make it happen. Jacob Lief is the founding executive at the Ubuntu Education Fund but it has been his work with chairman like Andrew Rolfe that has made it all happen. Despite the success of the Ubuntu Fund, the team behind the scenes know that they could be doing better. This is what has led to a reformation in how the non-profit is working and that brings us to the topic of our discussion: the Ubuntu Model.


Running a non-profit can be hard, especially when you look at all of the red tape that comes with working around wealthy benefactors. Donors like to make sure that their money gets spent in a specific way even if it comes at a cost to the non-profit. This earmarking of funds can hamstring a foundation and that is why Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe knew that they needed to find a way to change things up. The Ubuntu Model seeks to revolutionize the way non-profits interact with their wealthy benefactors.


The big change that the Ubuntu Model is bringing comes by way of how they select their donors. It is a strange concept for a charity to decline donations but it actually has some science behind it. The Ubuntu Model, as Andrew Rolfe and Jacob Lief noted, focuses on accepting donations only from high net worth individuals and family foundations who can afford to donate without any strings attached. These donors know how important it is for a non-profit to have ultimate flexibility and this is the focus that Andrew Rolfe is pursuing.


Andrew Rolfe himself has been stepping up in a big way for the Ubuntu Fund. Since 2011 he alone has donated over $100,000 to the charity. He’s focused on giving the impoverished a better chance at life and we have to applaud him for his hard work with the Ubuntu Model.


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