Social Enterprise Assist

Powering sustainable funding and employment opportunities

Powering sustainable funding and employment opportunities

football for good organisations lack financial sustainability to implement their programmes, and youth employability is a challenge facing their communities. Many of these organisations find themselves fighting for funding and adapting their agendas to the requirements of public and private donors.

In the same vein, young people have enormous untapped potential as entrepreneurs, and lack support to set up businesses which can improve their livelihoods, create jobs, and contribute to the development of their communities.

The Common Goal Social Enterprise Assist project seeks to equip organisations and young entrepreneurs with the know-how to set up and run their own social enterprises. The profit is then invested back into driving positive social impact. The idea is to achieve greater financial sustainability, enabling increased effectiveness and scale for their activities, as well as providing training and employment opportunities to support beneficiaries towards sustainable livelihoods.

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the SEA consortium developed 'RAFT' as a support tool and process to enable organisations to meet their urgent, often existential challenges. RAFT: Reduce — Adapt — Fundraise — Trade, focuses on survival within the context of moving towards long-term financial sustainability through social enterprise.




The Goal

Football for Good organisations have sustainable funding mechanisms for programmes and provide employment opportunities in their communities.

The Strategy

Intensive support and coaching for young entrepreneurs and for football for good organisations to set up and run social enterprises

How it Works

Through mentoring and expertise from other organisations, community organisations are supported in accessing more predictable and sustainable resources by establishing their own social enterprises. 

Challenge

For many organisations, raising funds for their work proves one of the greatest challenges. This can lead to:
Cancelled Programmes
Existing high-impact programmes to be discontinued.
Limited Growth
An inability to scale activities and achieve greater impact.
Self-Governance Restrictions
The adaptation of programmes according to the agendas of public and private donors in order to secure funding.

Solution

Tackle the mechanisms in which both the financial independence of Football for Good organisations as well as many of their beneficiaries are rooted, by:
Rethinking funding models
Enabling organisations to rethink their funding models and access more predictable and sustainable resources.
Providing know-how on sustainable income mechanisms
Empowering organisations with skills and know-how to set up sustainable income mechanisms that can ensure financial stability.
Creating job opportunities for young people
Creating job opportunities through these social enterprises for young people in the local community.

Impact

Football for Good organisations gain sustainable funding mechanisms by launching their own social enterprises.
Short Term: Ideation
The programme enables organisations to identify local business opportunities and develop a viable business model.
Mid Term: Development
Through mentoring and expertise organisations have the know-how and support to establish their own businesses.
Long Term: Financial Stability
Organisations have attained financial stability through operating social businesses, enabling them to scale their activities and achieve their goals.
Challenge
For many organisations, raising funds for their work proves one of the greatest challenges. This can lead to:
Cancelled Programmes
Existing high-impact programmes to be discontinued.
Limited Growth
An inability to scale activities and achieve greater impact.
Self-Governance Restrictions
The adaptation of programmes according to the agendas of public and private donors in order to secure funding.
Solution
Tackle the mechanisms in which both the financial independence of Football for Good organisations as well as many of their beneficiaries are rooted, by:
Rethinking funding models
Enabling organisations to rethink their funding models and access more predictable and sustainable resources.
Providing know-how on sustainable income mechanisms
Empowering organisations with skills and know-how to set up sustainable income mechanisms that can ensure financial stability.
Creating job opportunities for young people
Creating job opportunities through these social enterprises for young people in the local community.
Impact
Football for Good organisations gain sustainable funding mechanisms by launching their own social enterprises.
Short Term: Ideation
The programme enables organisations to identify local business opportunities and develop a viable business model.
Mid Term: Development
Through mentoring and expertise organisations have the know-how and support to establish their own businesses.
Long Term: Financial Stability
Organisations have attained financial stability through operating social businesses, enabling them to scale their activities and achieve their goals.
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