Raising funds to help underprivileged nations can often be a daunting task. In a recent online article the founders of the Ubuntu Educational Fund for schools in South Africa spoke out about the issues they sometimes faced in their fund-raising efforts. While it was easy to track the money coming in to help support their efforts, the type of changes they expected were not taking place. When the donations were reviewed, it was found that many of the individuals behind them had placed restrictions on how their donated funds could be used.
As one of the Ubuntu Fund’s primary board members, chairman Andrew Rolfe knows that having restrictions placed upon the use of donated funds severely impacts the type of changes an organization can make in the lives of the people they are trying to help. Rather than being able to utilize the money to ensure the needs of both the project and the people it is aimed at helping are being met, the founders of the Ubuntu Educational Fund found many of their donors placing specifications on what their money could be applied toward. Some of them even wanted to be involved in the decision making process of where the money went. Andrew Rolfe also knows that when it comes to building better educational systems in South Africa, the people behind the Ubuntu fund need to have more control over where they allocate the Ubuntu funds in order to best serve the children they are trying to help.
As a seasoned veteran in the world of finance Andrew Rolfe understands the importance of flexibility in spending, which is why he fully supports the fund’s efforts to focus their resources on making a difference in the lives of the children living in South Africa. In an effort to help increase funding for this worthwhile cause, Mr. Rolfe has helped set up easy to access online resources that can be accessed 24 hours a day. By helping to expand the reach of their donor base, Andrew Rolfe has also helped to ensure the objectives of the educational fund are being met.