Most non-profit organisations originate because of a specific concern (need, problem or crisis) which negatively affects the lives of individuals and their community. For example, high unemployment in an area could lead to high levels of crime which can motivate an individual or group to do something about unemployment. However, unemployment can have various causes, including individual characteristics, a lack of education or few job opportunities. Consequently, any initiative should first assess the nature of a concern and then decide in what area their efforts will make the biggest impact, whether delivering life skills or extra classes to learners or training to adults. With this in mind, the current state in South Africa regarding issues like poverty, education, housing and more offers ample opportunities for many non-profit organisations to get involved in these areas of society.
We identified the increasing numbers of South African children and youth being exposed to negative social concerns in their communities, including sexual and physical abuse, substance abuse, trauma and neglect. Due to financial constrains, these individuals and their families usually do not have the means to get professional support in order to handle the effect of these concerns which often leads to issues like depression, drug abuse, school dropout and more. Further, services are often located far from these communities and therefore we identified the need for school-based services. From this base, we have an opportunity to address social, emotional and educational areas of learners and their families in both a preventative manner and rehabilitative way.
Our founding members are all Stellenbosch residents and therefore our first priority is to serve school communities in this area. However, our ultimate aim is to roll out our services to primary and secondary schools in the rest of the Western Cape and the nation of South Africa. If your school is interested in partnering with us, please have a look at the process to partner with us or contact us with further questions.
There have been many positive outcomes because of our involvement with schools which can be viewed at Testimonials and in our Annual Reports. We believe that the true impact of our work will become very prominent in the next 15 – 20 years as the learners we are and have been serving will then fulfill the role of parents in these communities.
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The payment system on the communitykeepers.org website is 100% secure. Donation transactions are processed in keeping with all requirements as stated by South African Law.
Our main funders are a handful of individuals with whom we have established strong relationships over the past few years. More recently there have been local businesses and national corporates who are supporting us financially and in-kind.
Community Keepers' audited financial statements of the past three years can be downloaded online under Our Records.
Online and SMS donations are the easiest. To make an online donation the only requirement is internet access and a credit card (VISA or Mastercard accredited). To see the different options for online giving, click here. You can also make a direct payment into our bank account by requesting our banking details.
100% of your financial donation will be used for the delivery of professional services and programmes to learners, educators and parents at the schools where Community Keepers are operating. We are able to do this thanks to a private donor who has committed to cover all our administrative costs. This commitment has also been verified by independent auditors.
Yes, all financial donations from individuals or legal entities paying taxes to the South African Revenue Services (SARS) are deductible from tax. In line with the SARS regulations, you can get up to a maximum deduction of 10% of your annual tax, or R 1000,00 (whichever is greater), when submitting your Section 18A Tax Certificate with your annual income tax return. Donation in-kind (e.g. computers, furniture) are also tax deductible but not pro-bono services (e.g. accounting, design,
If you make an online donation and indicate (in the provided box) that you require a SARS tax certificate, you should have it within 48 hours after making your donation. If not, please send us an email stating the date and amount of your donation.
Whether it is in a professional or non-professional capacity, we are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers to partner with us. Please visit the Get Involved page to learn more about our specific volunteer opportunities.
We are looking for passionate professionals who want to join our team in providing quality services to schools. We mostly employ registered counsellors, psychologists (educational, clinical and/or counselling) and social workers on a full-time or part-time basis. Please email us a short motivation and complete curriculum vitae and if you are interested in joining us as a full-time or part-time employee.