Spirit Community Foundation
Building our Nation through Community Care
The objective of the Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) is to make a lasting and meaningful impact on communities in need, working alongside well-governed non-profits and community organisations. The SCF regularly identifies a myriad of great initiatives worthy of support and which have no reliable or ongoing partners.
The South African Government has recognised that certain organisations are dependent upon the generosity of the public and to encourage that generosity has provided a tax deduction for certain donations made by taxpayers. As an18A Foundation, SCF is able to offer donors tax donations certificates
SCF uses 100% of all donations it receives in community project work, as The Spirit Foundation funds all costs within SCF, thereby allowing it to use all donations without any deduction or allocation for administrative costs .
Building relationships with organisations is important to the Spirit Community Foundation. We walk alongside the selected community-based organisations in two ways. Firstly, we seek out partnerships that extend over 3-5 years to deliver meaningful impact into the communities under agreed-upon conditions. We acknowledge the important work done by these organizations. Secondly, we work with organisations that provide important services to communities and do so because we recognise the value they contribute to society. These are organisations that share our vision of changing the lives of those most marginalised.
Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) supports the Big Issue vendor Family Support Services (FSS) of the Big Issue. Together, this partnership contributes to the educational fees, provision of digital devices, learning materials and tuition for deserving children of homeless and indigent people who are Big Issue vendors. Furthermore, the partnership addresses the practical living situations of Big Issue vendors through fixing leaking roofs, broken toilets and hazardous electrical wiring, of the poor-quality RDP houses vendors live in.
Jakes Gerwel Tegnies
Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) works with the JGT Driving school in Bonnievale. The programme is geared towards ensuring as many learners as possible have the opportunity to acquire their driver’s license. SCF, in partnership with JGT, ensures that professional drivers’ license instructors are available to scholars for their training. JGT is a no-fee school, and, workign with SCF, is able to deliver a vital service to the community.
Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) supports the Work Readiness Programme – Work 4 A Living in the town of Bonnievale. The aim of the programme is to equip and empower people with employability and entrepreneurial skills needed to support themselves and their families. The programme addresses the obstacles of a poverty mindset, entitlement, striving for excellence, moral decay and dependency syndrome.
The League of Friends of the Blind
Spirit Foundation (SF) supports LOFOB’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme through ensuring the appropriate professional and occupational therapy is provided to blind and visually impaired children from birth to the age of six. The project ensures that early intervention programmes are available to promote the optimal educational, sensory processing, motor, perceptual-cognitive, independence, and orientation and mobility skills development for children. The programme focuses primarily on children in their homes, ECD centres, schools, and community facilities across the Western Cape.
Liesbeek River Project
Spirit Community Foundation (SCF) partners with the Upper Liesbeek River Gardens in its efforts to rehabilitate, restore and maintain the area adjacent to the Upper Liesbeek river flowing through Bishopscourt Village and Fernwood. The project has been ongoing since 2004 and focuses on improving the area and educating visitors on the importance of rivers as assets to the communities through which they flow.
#HearItTogether is a proud collaboration between audiology practice HearInAfrica, hearing aid company Rexton and The Spirit Community Foundation. This community-based project aims to reduce the burden of hearing loss for adults living in Grassy Park and surrounding areas by providing free hearing screening for people over the age of 60. For those people who fail the hearing screening test and are identified with hearing loss, accessible and affordable audiology services and hearing aids are made available at local sites within Grassy Park.