Let’s talk about Africa Foundation’s DNA
The who, what and why
Founded in 1992, our vision has always been to uplift, up-skill and empower identified rural communities living close to core conservation areas where our partner andBeyond has a footprint. This means we are active in 73 communities across six countries: South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia.
We believe that by empowering communities to develop in ways that secure their future welfare, we can contribute to the conservation of Africa’s spectacular natural environment and wildlife. Africa Foundation invests in long term relationships with communities and facilitates the delivery of projects that they identify. Working in collaboration with community members, government and other stakeholders, we ensure that the appropriate structures are in place to guarantee the long term sustainability of any projects developed.
Introducing Africa Foundation
Get acquainted with our ethos and personalities
We believe that true development can only take place when people, their cultures and customs, are nurtured and protected in conjunction with the natural environment and its constituent wildlife. By forging partnerships between communities, Governments and the private sector, Africa Foundation supports the development of sustainable projects that empower communities and contribute to conserving Africa’s land and wildlife.
This is the essence of our sustainable development model. Africa Foundation owes its success to the long-term relationships with the communities in which it works.
With a passion for empowering and uplifting people, we combine community-driven projects with a sound business approach to ensure that every cent donated is well spent. We work in partnership with communities, governments and other non-profit organisations and are led by the needs of the communities and informed by the plans of government. Through our projects, we aim to equip local leaders with the tools and resources to manage their own development and empower their own communities. We believe that being embedded in a community is the best way to understand the struggles, needs and solutions for that community. Through a long-term presence in a community, trust is built and the dialogue between stakeholders enriched.
The Africa Foundation Team
Africa Foundation prefers to work with a model where regional team members, who are from one of the communities in which we are active, represent us in said community.
By being embedded in the community, we are in a better position to understand the communities issues, needs and priorities and this also helps to build trust and assurance of Africa Foundation’s long-term commitment to facilitating development and conservation. Currently, we have 12 staff members located in the regions where projects are being implemented, along with a support staff contingent based in Johannesburg. Africa Foundation also benefits from the skills and expertise of &Beyond team members who enable us to maintain the highest standards of delivery and compliance, while managing our cost base. The Foundation is guided by a Board of 7 Trustees from SA, UK and USA.
Our Collaboration with &Beyond
It is said that if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together (African Proverb). Africa Foundation is an independent tax-exempt, non-profit organisation registered in…
South Africa, with partner non-profit organisations in UK and USA. Our model involves working in collaboration with &Beyond, luxury experiential travel company, tracing their footprint in Africa. We collaborate because our goals are aligned: to protect land, wildlife and people. Our collaboration uses our mutual strengths and expertise for greatest impact – together we can go further. &Beyond provide office space, facilities, access to their legal, HR and marketing teams and they fund other core overhead costs so that donor money can be applied to maximum effect in the communities. We also work together on the design and implementation of several joint programme initiatives e.g. ECHO and Oceans Without Borders.
Working with communities
Creating success in 6 steps
Facilitate the fulfilment of needs identified by rural communities through multiple meetings and discussions.
Prioritise projects to go into fundraising and communicate needs to potential donors.
Allocate and manage donor funds providing progress reports as project advances.
Work with community leaders and champions to achieve project success, employ local service providers.
Project hand over done in an official ceremony for community / government institution maintenance.
Africa Foundation remain connected to the project to track impact and offer support when needed.
“Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt