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 In 2014 Arise Africa started the endowment fund as another opportunity for donors to give and have a long lasting impact.  This fund was set up for two reasons:  first reason to help Arise Africa become self sustaining and have funds in the future to operate from; second to have access to funds in case of an emergency in Africa. Thus far, the endowment has $37,179 invested.

The endowment has been set up as a non-profit entity and has a board of three members.  Donors can contribute directly to the endowment and these funds will be responsibly invested.  All donations to the endowment are tax deductible.  At the end of each year the board will decide if Arise Africa should use the interest earned from the endowment for its operating expenses or return the interest and pour it back into the endowment.  The current goal is for the interest earned from the endowment to be reinvested, helping grow the endowment as much as possible.  However, it is our prayer that one day the endowment might grow to a size that the interest earned might be able to cover some of the operating expenses of Arise Africa. This in return would help each donor's dollar reach the program to which they are giving. (we currently take 10% of every donation to help cover our operating expenses)

The endowment is invested through RGT Wealth Advidors, who are independent financial advisors based in Dallas, Texas. The endowment board monitors the investing throughout the year. Founded in 1985, Robertson, Griege & Thoele has been serving clients with the highest standards of integrity, excellence, and innovation for 30 years. They are the adviser for select individuals and families who desire a customized approach to their investment management and financial planning needs. RGT advises high net worth individuals such as corporate executives, professionals, business owners, professional athletes, and other clients of substantial income and/or assets. They are on Barron's list of the Top 100 Independent Financial Advisors.

                                                               Please watch our endowment video to learn more about how it works:

                                                          

Currently the endowment funds are invested in the American Funds American Balanced F2:

You can also download the mutual fund report on where our funds are invested:

The principal funds in the endowment can never be used unless of an emergency in Africa.  The Arise Africa board would have to request to the seperate endowment board for funds.  Every single option or other solution would be sought after before going to the endowment board.  The last possible option would be to tap into the endowment.  Then the endowment board would have to vote on whether they feel endowment funds should be pulled.  Currently some of the possible theories for a request from the endowment funds would be if tribal warfare broke out and we needed to get our kids in full time custody in the Arise Home to a safe place.  Another theory could be if Ebola broke out in the areas we serve and we needed funds to help protect our children and staff.  Although Arise Africa prays that the endowment funds are never touched, we also feel a responsibility to be prepared and have back up funds to help the children and staff we serve, even in the most horrific conditions.  We would rather not have emergency funds sitting in a bank account not earning any money for us, so therefore we feel the endowment is a perfect place for the funds.

 Donors can give to the endowment fund by making a check made out to Arise Africa and writing in the memo line "endowment."  They also can give to the endowment online through credit card

If you would like more information on the endowment fund feel free to email Alissa and she can help you get in touch with a board member or the investment firm.