A high-impact social change organization is like chess; it requires mastery and careful application of tradition, strategy and tactics. When it came to better managing his organization, Jabulani turned to Philanthropy U, to improve his own critical thinking and self-confidence as a social impact leader.
He started the nonprofit Free State Chess Academy to teach underprivileged children chess to overcome cognitive deficits due to lack of education. He soon realized that he had the same problem as his beneficiaries: no access to education. He saw Philanthropy University as his solution.
Jabulani enrolled with his team in several courses, including Fundraising , Monitoring and Evaluation and Unlocking Your Organization’s Potential and they soon grew to be a productive, highly-disciplined organization.
Everyone works in tandem toward strategic outcomes. With this focus, they were able to create additional resources to serve their, now, 46,000 beneficiaries. They also raised $4.5 million and acquired two partners along the way.
Many social impact organizations with powerful missions face great risk, yet Jabulani believes the biggest is not investing in your team’s learning — applying sound business practices. Philanthropy U’s free courses afforded him and the Free State Chess Academy a stimulating intellectual environment to push the limits of their creative and critical thinking, advance their organization’s mission and approach their strategic planning with flexibility to meet the day-to-day challenges.