Andrew Rolfe, Chairman of the Ubuntu Fund, carefully planned and executed the 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner in order to raise money for for the Fund’s school in Port Elizabeth. They were trying to earn enough money to add a pediatric clinic on the school campus and also increase their capacity so they would be able to help more disadvantaged children. In the end, they reached their goal and were able to raise over $970,000.
Several people spoke at the dinner and shared their story. One of these people was Sinesipho Rabidyani who found solace in school after living with her alcoholic father. The Ubuntu Fund made it possible for her to get a scholarship and get a good education. She also praised the psychosocial support she received from the school. She is now attended Law school. Charlie Ross, Jacob Lief, and Malizole Gwaxula also shared stories and discussed the creation of the Ubuntu Fund in 1999. The Ubuntu Fund is uses its resources to help over 400,000 people in Africa. There is a school system for poor and disadvantaged youth in Port Elizabeth that seeks to provide children with the medical and academic help they deserve.
Andrew Rolfe currently serves as the Senior Managing Direction for Towerbrook Capital Partners. He works with them on their investment opportunities throughout the United States and Europe. He focuses on acquiring investments in retail, food, hospitality, and service areas. In 2011, Andrew was promoted to the Head of Private Equity and Managing Director of Towerbrook. He attended Harvard Business School where he earned his M.B.A. degree. He got a B.A. in Politics, Economics, and Philosophy as Oxford University. He also holds a M.A. degree from St. Edmund Hall.
In 2003, Andrew was appointed as the President of GAP’s International Division and was responsible for keeping the international stores in check and up to standard. Before this, Andrew was the Chairman and CEO for a food retailer in London called Pret A Manger. During his time at the company, he was able to grow it inside and get it functioning on an international level.
Andrew Rolfe is the chairman of the board of directors of the Ubuntu Fund. Jacob Lief founded the Ubuntu fund. It is a non-profit organization in the township of Zwide, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Andrew Rolfe has personally offered a hundred thousand dollars to the fund. It provides education to the underprivileged in South Africa.
The Ubuntu model only accepts donations that have no restrictions. They focus on the quality rather than the quantity of the donations. The model was originally criticized. Many non-profit organizations are now adopting it because it saves the non-profit organizations from many conflicts with donors due to the deadlines that they give. These deadlines are difficult to meet because there are many things that the non-profits should do aside from what the donors impose. It is necessary that they have the freedom to be in control of funds offered to them. This is what has made other non-profits to accept the Ubuntu model. This enables the children to study well because they do not worry about the funding of their education.
Andrew Rolfe desires to help people. He makes achievements through this fund. The fund helps by undertaking long-term projects that help people. This gives a sound financial plan that is necessary for any organization. It is a need to know where to channel one’s wealth in life. Andrew Rolfe uses his wealth to help others. He seems to have an altruistic tendency. The Ubuntu fund provides the people with education, health and medical assistance, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs. The fund prefers to help fewer people with lesser money. This shows that its interest is in the people. It hopes to begin dealing with the children at an individual level. This is a unique idea because very few organizations deal with the children individually.
Andrew Rolfe seems to be achieving his mission in working with the Ubuntu Foundation very well. Both have a similar mission. The mission is to touch children’s lives. Rolfe has worked together with the foundation by developing the Ubuntu model. He has achieved this in the best way possible.