Andrew Rolfe: Towards Greater Operational Autonomy at Ubuntu Education Fund

Non-profit organizations usually incorporate representatives from their benefactors. While their role in the management boards of these charitable organizations is to represent the interests of their organizations, some of these representatives are professionals with expertise in various fields. One such individual is Andrew Rolfe; a leading company executive with extensive experience and education in organizational management. Andrew Rolfe has built a reputation as one of the leading company executives in the Greater New York City Area. However, the expertise that he has gained over the years has led to significant success in organizations overseas.

As the chairman of the board of management at Ubuntu Education Fund, Andrew Rolfe has overseen a complete overhaul of the organization’s operational strategies. His management acumen is founded on solid academic background marked by studying in some of the best learning institutions in the world. He enrolled at St. Andrews College and Eton College for his graduate studies before joining University of Oxford. He graduated at the university in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. His deep insight in organizational development and management, which has been crucial in his success at Ubuntu Education Fund, was further developed at Harvard Business School. He graduated from the university in 1992 with Master of Business Administration degree where he specialized in managerial economics.

Remodeling Ubuntu Educational Fund’s Operational Model

Since taking over at the Zwide, Port Elizabeth-based, nonprofit organization, Andrew Rolfe has overseen a remodeling of the organization’s operational model. Since its founding, Ubuntu Education Fund had struggled with navigating the conflicting interests of the donors and its primary objectives. Some of the donors directed how their donations were to be spent by the organization including the projects they were to fund. Moreover, they only released the grants on a yearly basis, which inconvenienced the organization. However, since taking over the chairmanship of the Ubuntu Education Fund’s management board, Andrew Rolfe has overseen a complete overhaul of this model. The new model is based on operational autonomy where the organization’s management has full authority on how the donated funds are spent. This is aimed at reducing the influence of the donors on the organization’s numerous projects including provision of quality education and healthcare services to their needy in the Greater Port Elizabeth Area.