Working with a non profit can be one of the most rewarding things a business person takes on in their career. However, there are certain problems and situations that are exclusive to non profits that can make the work difficult. Andrew Rolfe is a chairman on the Board of Directors for the Ubuntu Fund and he, along with leader Jacob Lief, have been focusing on crafting a model that works ahead of the different traps that contain non profits from reaching their highest levels.
When you look at the Ubuntu Education Fund you will see that Jacob Lief and Andrew Rolfe have done a great job at raising money for their non profit. The problem, however, is that these donations come with strings attached. Donors get to decide, to a degree, how their money is used by the non profit. So even if the Ubuntu Fund was raising a lot of money it doesn’t mean that they are actually able to deliver said cash to the right places in order to help the right people.
Jacob Lief was at the World economic Forum when he came to a huge and heavy realization: “The money was flowing in but we weren’t changing people’s lives.” This realization meant that both Lief and Andrew Rolfe would have to take a long look at how the Ubuntu Fund was operating. This introspection eventually led to the Ubuntu Model. The Ubuntu Model focuses on gathering donations from “high net worth individuals or family foundations who understand that highly restricted funding” — according to Jacob Lief.
The biggest issue with the Ubuntu Model is that it can be hard to find donors who don’t have strings attached to their donations. Donors like to flex their abilities and powers after giving donations in order to influence what happens with the money. Other donors are more open to seeing their money spent well by the managing fund and operation. The Ubuntu Model, revolutionized by Andrew Rolfe and Jacob Lief, is going to be a game changer for non profits around the world. If the Ubuntu Fund finds success you can bet others will follow suit.