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Andrew Rolfe Leads Ubuntu’s Board of Directors in Saying No to Restricted Funding

Many non-profit organizations face a big challenge when it comes to seeking funds from donors. Most donors provide highly restricted funding, which they want to be used in certain projects. This is what Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe are striving to change as restricted funding greatly limits what a charity can achieve. Andrew Rolfe chairs the board of Ubuntu while Lief is the founder and CEO of the Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that helps needy children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He realized that the Ubuntu Education Fund was receiving a lot of money from donors but it was still not making a big difference in the lives of the children they support. This was mainly because of all the conditions that some of the donor funding came with.

When people donate to non-profit organizations, they expect to have a say in the organization’s strategy and even in managing its operations. But they may have different intentions from the charity’s board of trustees or directors altogether, and this makes things difficult for them. Ubuntu’s board of directors, under the leadership of Andrew Rolfe, tries to avoid this by having upfront discussions with donors to ensure that everything is clear right from the beginning. The fund is no longer accepting restricted funding, and this has enabled it to grow and be more innovative in its operations to improve the lives of its beneficiaries.


Bottom Line

Charities need donors who will not impose restrictions on their activities. With Andrew Rolfe and Jacob Lief at the helm, Ubuntu has set the pace for other non-profit organizations that have been unable to achieve much because of donor restrictions. The fund has shown that even though the organizations might have to work with a much smaller budget when they refuse to accept restricted funding, they will be able to retain their flexibility and come up with innovative ways to achieve their goal of improving their beneficiaries’ lives.