At the Tree of Life Foundation, we believe it can. By investing the bulk of donations that would otherwise have made a one-time difference, the impact is multiplied and sustained.
Tree of Life is a foundation built and operated on Christian values and principles. Established in 2007 as a South African Trust, it offers financial support to organisations in accordance with the Tree of Life trust deed.
The Foundation is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) at the South African Revenue Service (SARS), and is therefore tax exempt. As a PBO, Tree of Life is allowed to invest in trading companies, but is not allowed to be a trading company itself.
As such, the Foundation is the sole shareholder in SAAD Investment Holdings, a commercial investment entity that also manages all of Tree of Life’s investments.
Tree of Life’s mission is to build a substantial “endowment fund” from which qualifying charities in South Africa and Africa can be supported on a sustainable and predictable basis. In our experience, charities often find it difficult to do long-term strategic planning or to commit to longer-term projects, simply because their funding tends to be sporadic and short-term in nature.
While we do use some of the donations we receive to support charities (guideline of up to 25% of donations), the bulk is invested to generate returns from which we can provide sustainable support.
We have made good progress and during our first 7 years of existence the compounded annual growth rate of our investment portfolio is 79%.
Our aim is to invest funds in such a way that we can ultimately distribute roughly 5% of this capital base annually to selected charities, NGOs and ministries in accordance with the Tree of Life deed.
Tree of Life has never attempted to raise funds after it was founded in 2007 when two businessmen provided the start-up capital in the form of equity investments.
Growth has therefore come exclusively from investment returns.
Due to our successful track record in investments and the growing awareness that “social impact investing” is a crucial component of achieving sustainable change in Africa, we have access to attractive investment opportunities.
To capitalise on this and to fast track the process of reaching a capital base that will facilitate significant change on the continent, we are now actively working to raise funds.
To find out how you can support Tree of Life financially, please contact us.
Introducing the Stewardship Navigator – a Donor-advised Fund (DAF) that’s providing Tree of Life donors with an innovative way to invest and distribute charitable capital in Africa with long-lasting effects.
On the giving side, Tree of Life is initially focusing on widows and orphans. We have, and continue to build relationships with various organisations that operate strategically in this space. The following Public Benefit Organisations are entities we support in this regard:
Feel free to contact the Tree of Life Foundation should you require more information or want to get involved.