About Us

Ideally the world would long have come together in one generous system to set basic welfare right – globally. All these years into Millennium Development Goal (MDG) history, this still remains elusive. In many parts of the world there is presently no hope that the UN Millennium goals to halve abject poverty by 2015 will be met.

  • A child dies every three seconds from a preventable disease
  • Some 2 billion people remain without access to essentials – safe drinking water, health care, HIV Aids prevention, basic sanitation & housing, education, communication, and energy – and environmental losses continue alongside
  • 1.2 billion people around the globe live on less than one dollar a day
  • Half the world’s population – three billion people live on less than two dollars every day
  • Poverty kills more people every week than the total death count in the Asian tsunami

Brought to scale worldwide as the proper social “habit”, the e-tin method of collecting funds can potentially make the difference we need to not only meet the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals, but also provide a sustained and ongoing funding mechanism towards sustainable development and poverty alleviation beyond 2015.

 Round Up Foundation is committed to provide South Africa’s non profit sector with a “new” sustainable source of funding. We believe that every South African citizen is entitled to participate and to see the results of their contribution. Our mission is to provide innovative and cost-effective electronic small change collection mechanisms, thereby providing on-going annuity income to the non-profit sector in support of poverty alleviation, sustainable development and the objectives of  South Africa’s Millennium Development Goals 

“Round Up Foundation embodies the unique South African spirit of Community, of joining forces in sharing goodwill and promoting upliftment… see the change and experience the power when even the smallest contribution makes a difference!”

Round Up links consumers with accountable organisations who may be smaller and not high profile ‘charity brands’, yet who are delivering enormous value at grassroots levels.

We are committed to provide South Africa’s non profit sector with a “new” sustainable source of funding – we believe that every South African citizen should be entitled to participate and to see the results of their contribution.

Our mission is to provide innovative and cost-effective electronic small change collection mechanisms, thereby providing on-going annuity income to the non-profit sector in support of poverty alleviation, sustainable development and the objectives of South Africa’s Millennium Development Goals.

“Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand and I will move the earth” (Archimedes 287 – 212BC)

Round Up Foundation’s philosophies are inspired by Archimedes’s concept of LEVERAGE – Yes, at the very heart of this initiative, lies one simple truth: a very small financial contribution, from a large number of people, can create the leverage required to produce miraculous and ONGOING results.

Round Up Foundation’s ultimate dream for South Africa’s NGO sector is: The implementation of our e-tin on all consumer billing within the specified categories including Business to Business transactions where larger rounding can be applicable thereby securing a sustainable income stream to our organisations who are providing such essential and valuable work in the fight against poverty.

Our guiding values and priciples are:

Honesty Round Up’s Board, employees and volunteers shall at all times act honestly and truthfully so that the public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled.

Respect Round Up’s Board, employees and volunteers shall at all times act with respect for the dignity of the social development environment and the foundations role and with respect for the dignity of donors, beneficiary organizations, communities, sponsors and partners.

Integrity Round Up’s Board, employees and volunteers will act openly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest and avoid any appearance of personal or professional misconduct.

Empathy Round Up’s Board, employees and volunteers will work in a way that promotes their purpose and encourage others to use the same professional standards and engagement. They shall value individual privacy, freedom of choice, and diversity in all forms.

Transparency Round Up’s Board, employees and volunteers shall stimulate clear reports about the work they do, the way donations are managed and disbursed, and costs and expenses, in an accurate and comprehensible manner.

” No African child should study under conditions that are not conducive for learning”

The goal of  Round Up Foundation’s Chairman’s fund is to provide individual donors with a high-impact giving opportunity without having to specify a project.

Some individual donors love the idea of Round Up but struggle to find a project that is perfect for them. The Round Up Foundation’s Chairman’s fund allows them to make a high-impact donation in the field of education and upliftment of children in Africa, without committing to a certain project. The Chairman’s fund has one core purpose: to improve the lives and education environment of children in under resourced areas.

The Board, management team and employees of Round Up Foundation are inspired by the same philosophies:

  • Creative thinking
  • new ideas
  • innovation
  • implementing unique working solutions
  • seeing results in the community
  • fostering enthusiasm & making a sustainable difference

They pledge to all stakeholders that their day to day conduct and management of the Foundation will be governed by:

  • Openness
  • honesty
  • generosity of spirit
  • accountability
  • maturity
  • responsibility
  • empowerment
  • respect for all Round Up stakeholders and
  • a strong internal mission statement.

Round Up will

  • deliver what is promised, will be transparent at all times and true to our Confidentiality pledge.
  • provide a creative, positive environment that encourages growth and opportunity for all staff. Round Up will create true empowerment through training and a thorough understanding of the Foundation’s purpose in serving the community.
  • constantly review the infrastructure to maintain its promise to stakeholders to provide an efficient and cost effective fundraising method.
  • establish responsible partnerships to ensure its permanence to continue to have an impact on the lives of many, beyond the lifetime of its founding members.

The Foundation is registered as a non-profit organisation with the SA Department of Social Development and as a Public Benefit Organisation with Section 18A tax exempt status (SARS)

Links: Board terms of reference
The 10 most important duties and responsibilities
International statement of Ethical Principles in Fundraising
Donor bill of Rights

1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Reduce by half the proportion of people living below the breadlines. Reduce by half the proportion of people who suffer from hunger.

2. Achieve universal primary education
Ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling.

3. Promote gender equality and empower women
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005, and at all levels by 2015.

4. Reduce child mortality
Reduce by two thirds the mortality rate among children under five.

5. Improve maternal health
Reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio.

6. Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Halt and begin to reverse the incidence of malaria and other major diseases.

7. Ensure environmental sustainability
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes. Reverse loss of environmental resources. Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water. Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, by 2020.

8. Develop a global partnership for development
Develop further an open trading and financial system that is rule-based, predictable and non-discriminatory. Includes a commitment to good governance, development and poverty reduction-nationally and internationally Address the least developed countries’ special needs. This includes tariff- and quota-free access for their exports; enhanced debt relief for heavily indebted poor countries; cancellation of official bilateral debt; and more generous official development assistance for countries committed to poverty reduction.

The success of a wonderful initiative is often only as good as its people!. Round Up Foundation is fortunate to have a committed board, dedicated to improving the future and impacting on the lives of those less fortunate.

Prof. Daisy Makofane
“Round Up to brighten the corner where you are!” Daisy Makofane is an associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, UNISA. Besides teaching, conducting research and publishing academic papers, she is an activist involved in the promotion of women and children’s rights.

Daisy’s areas of research include Women issues, Domestic violence, HIV and Aids and other commissoned research for National and International donor organisations. She is also actively involved in community outreach projects aimed at the upliftment and empowerement of women in under resourced communities.
Currently, Daisy serves as a Board Member of the Polokwane Housing Association, an initiative that provides affordable and decent housing to deserving residents, thereby making a contribution towards the upliftment of communities’ standard of living.

Kevin Meltzer

“Round Up and e-tin technology takes small change from people who can afford to be without it and applies it to charitable causes. Because it involves giving only very small amounts of money at a time, but can be used on numerous transactions undertaken by hundreds of millions of people across the country, it has the potential to create a large and sustainable flow of resources to South African charities.”
Kevin is a Director of Consology Pty (Ltd) and one of the original consultants on the development of the e-tin system. Consology provides Self-Service solutions that connect businesses to tangible and rapid return on investment and customers to superior service. In SA, Consology has deployed Self-Service and E-Billing solutions for large-scale clients such as MTN, the South African Post Office and Nashua Mobile.
Self-Service technologies enable customers to transact with companies, perform routine service and support tasks, manage their own accounts and conduct research online.
Kevin’s experience and involvement in E-Billing and strong commitment to community development are the perfect ingredients to ensure that Round Up makes strong inroads in the online billing market.

Jeanne L. Rose
Founder and CEO

“I think of Round Up as the ‘butterfly effect’ of goodwill…the simplest actions can have far-reaching consequences…”
Jeanne is the founder of Round Up Foundation, (originally named “The Archimedes Foundation) in 2003 “The initiative emerged from a personal dream to enable a sustainable and ”real” difference and to create a solution that could provide ongoing funding to charity organisations in my community. But, how does one individual ”make a difference in a world that has so many problems and so many needs?” – For me the only answer lay in working together towards harnessing positive contributions (financial and developmental) from many like-minded individuals. By working together, we can all win and contribute to creating a better world for our children.”

In early 2003, concerned with the lack of sustainability in the non profit sector; the never ending requests for donations from many diverse charities and fundraising organisations; the fact that many of these requests included incentives and presents if donations were given; coupled with the fact that so few of the small organisations had access to ongoing funding that they could rely on, Jeanne realised that there had to be a simpler method of collecting funds more efficiently, effectively and on an ongoing basis, without incurring huge ongoing costs.

She reasoned that there had to be a way to provide causes and projects with an ongoing annuity income. After exploring a number of ideas, the concept of Round Up and the electronic colection tin (e-tin) emerged. Her guiding principle is that electronic small change collection and distribution should be Simple, Cost-effective, Easy-to-Use and be available to all South Africans and eventually enabled on a global scale.

Jeanne’s vision is to build Round Up into an efficient large-scale fund-raising mechanism, designed to reach each and every South African. Round Up provides donors with a means to contribute anything from 1-cent to 99-cents a month. Alone this small change would be ineffective, but added to the cents from thousands of people, this small change is able to aid many needy South Africans.

Jeanne is a marketer and social entrepreneur who has run a successful business and brings her experience and business acumen to Round Up Foundation. She also has a sincere desire to make a real difference with her special focus on the health, well-being, education and upliftment of South African children.
Kenny Boshego
Round Up Foundation gives all South Africans an opportunity to support those that are less priveleged. Let us extend a hand of help to make South Africa a better country for all”
Kenny has been working in the area of education for 29 Years, She has accumulated experience in various fields including working for the Department of Education and the NGO sector in the areas of Education and Community Development Programmes.
Kenny believes in the empowerment of individuals, particularly that of women. This includes promoting networks, sharing ideas and resources to enable historically disadvantaged woment to uplift themselves and others.

Round Up’s support structure is vital. Round Up Foundation has strategic alliances with the best in their fields, who are working alongside the Board and its management team to make a sustainable difference to many organisations and communities.

• The Department of Social Development and SARS support this initiative and have provided valuable and pertinent input that has been incorporated in our business model.
• The Foundation is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation with full Section 18A Status (PBO no 930010701)
• The Foundation’s Auditors KPMG provide the annual audit for Round Up Foundation.
• Bowman Gilfilllan, corporate attorneys, are providing the Foundation with all legal support, contracts, patents, trademarks etc
• Our external team of IT and business consultants ensure that that the infrastructure, security and on-going maintenance of the Round Up system, conform to governance requirements AND that the Round Up System will at all times remain “simple, cost effective and easy to use” thereby keeping the administration charges to a minimum and maximising funds to the people and charities who need it most.