Visma Foundation is a specialist non-profit organisation (NPO) which was founded in 2011, the initial idea was to organize a soccer match between the students and the working class within the community for fun but it was later promoted to a soccer charity tournament and subsequently a way of giving back to the community. The event was success achieved to raise funds and other donations for the three Centre’s being the old age home, feeding scheme, mentally impaired Centre and the community at large. It is the success of the event that led to registration of Visma Foundation
Visma Foundation’s vision defined in its constitution is to be the longest reachable, giving and helping hand for the disadvantaged and needy within South Africa and to be known as a reputable, professional, caring and knowledgeable organisation which can make a significant contribution to the development of SA through the capacitation of civil society.
The Foundation is governed by an executive committee which is led by its Chairperson, Victor Mponoane. The committee is committed to the values of the organisation.
The Executive Committee has recently set up various sub-committees to strengthen good governance within the organisation.
In order to fulfil its mandate, Visma Foundation forms relationships with organizing committees, private companies, government and individuals which focus on different aspects of community development and upliftment.
Visma Foundation has also developed Organisation processes which have proved to be extremely successful in helping NPOs and cooperatives develop organisational sustainability
Impact and Contribution to Society
Our work has empowered communities to play an active role in determining their own destiny and in uplifting their quality of life. Communities have initiated and developed sustainable projects, thereby playing an active role in the development of SA.
The Foundation believes that its structures must be capacitated to take ownership for the sustainability of their own projects and as such organizing committees are actively encouraged to apply their newly acquired skills to their projects. This integrated approach has resulted in sustainable skills within community projects and their ability to manage their own affairs without the support of external organisations.
Charity Tournament – the motive behind this event is to be utilised as a vehicle raise and distribute funds, donations and contributions to our selected beneficiaries.
Career Expo – the main aim of this expo is to give an opportunity to the learners to have first-hand information directly from the employer about available career opportunities within their organisations and to expose learners about variety of career choices that are available in different institutions of higher learning.
Facebook Party – this party seeks to mobilize young people and develop them socially.
Eskom, Transnet, DIRCO, Department of Trade and Industry, Department of Agriculture, StatsSA, CAA, SAQA, NYDA, Department of Defence, Anglo Platinum, GCIS, University of Limpopo, University of Pretoria, Wits University , Tshwane University of Technology, Nkangala FET College, PC Training and Tadi Consulting, Ephraim Mogale Local Municipality. City Insight, Sebethe Transport, Sanlam.
Socio-Economic Development (SED) plan element encourages organisations to support projects and programmes that facilitate sustainable economic participation of the marginalised in mainstream economic activities. While poverty is a feature of all market economics, extreme forms of poverty can, if they co-exist with other forms of economic deprivation and exclusion, provide a fertile ground for breeding instability. This can affect the existing environment adversely, as instability is notorious for its adverse impact on the profitability and sustainability of organisations.
The SED seeks to address the challenges posed by the prevailing socio-economic conditions of under-development, which condemn the marginalised to perpetual dependence and poverty. In particular, it provides incentives to individuals and organisations that support those projects and programme that promote and facilitate sustainable economic participation of the marginalised in mainstream economic activities. SED contributions made directly to benefit previously disadvantage group then only the percentage of the value that benefits such group is recognisable. SED programmes that target specific groups/initiatives include:
• Development programmes for the underprivileged people include: women, youth, children, jobless and homeless individuals;
• Support of healthcare and HIV/AIDS programmes;
• Support for education programmes, resources and materials at primary, secondary and tertiary education level, as well as bursaries and scholarships;
• Skills development for unemployed people and ABET; or
• Support of art, cultural or sporting development programmes.
Challenges and Opportunities
Like all NPOs, Visma Foundation is faced with the problem of funds and when thinking about its track record of community empowerment, it is frustrating to know that it would be able to reach many more NPOs and disadvantaged if we could secure more consistent funding. The Foundation has tried to address this issue by generating funds through conducting charity events. Monies generated are to be placed in our ‘sustainability’ fund, to assist us in times when funding is in short supply.
One of the most interesting opportunities that have arisen in the last year is that individuals with connection and information power has developed much interest in what the foundation is doing to empower their communities.
If you or your company/organization is able to help the Visma Foundation financially or asset donation in any way, please feel free to contact any of the following officials: Mr. Victor Mponoane the Chairman of the Executive Committee on 0729243334/0780994862 and Mr Collin Mamela the Secretary General on 0839622315