For many people facing disasters, famine, war, or poverty the only form of help they receive comes from a variety of NGOs, charities, and non-profits. As government agencies often are unable to extend help beyond their borders, the responsibility of ensuring individuals affected by crisis receive adequate aid to recover falls upon charitable organizations who’s sole creation is to provide assistance during life’s hardships. It is universally understood that the work performed by the charitable organizations and non-profits is essential in creating a better tomorrow and world for the entirety of our kind.
Though non-profits and charitable organizations are indispensable in terms of service, they sometimes face added difficulties to an already difficult endeavor. Some put in place by hostile foreign agencies or adverse conditions, these are to be expected at times and sometimes wholly unavoidable, while others, which often cause more a detriment for aid workers, are put in place by those who support the cause.
The latter being that of restrictions put in place by donors who, while having altruistic motives and good intentions, at times unintentionally hamper the non-profits ability to help the less fortunate.
Ubuntu Fund and Andrew Rolfe Offer a New Direction for Non-Profits
These restrictions and the difficulties they cause were the driving force behind the Ubuntu Funds shift in policy concerning donor grants. Chairman Andrew Rolfe and the rest of the board began to realize that despite receiving money from donors worldwide, the amount of charitable work they were able to do was being severely hampered by grant restrictions.
The charitable non-profit, which helps disadvantaged youth and families in South Africa, began no longer accepting grants that came with strings attached, unheard of in today’s current atmosphere. Instead, Andrew Rolfe and the Ubuntu Fund began cultivating relationships with donors that understood non-profits need the freedom to spend as they see fit in order to best serve those who need it most. This innovative shift in operation may be the first of its kind but certainly is indicative of a wave of change.
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