KOLISI FOUNDATION

The Kolisi Foundation was established in April 2020 by Siya and Rachel Kolisi. The Foundation was birthed through Siya and Rachel’s desire to change the story of inequality in South Africa, responding with compassion and courage to the challenges faced by our nation.

Proudly rooted in their home country, Siya and Rachel are compelled by a strong conviction that every little small act of change matters. With hearts willing to respond, hands ready to serve, and heads ready to learn, the Kolisi Foundation team is committed to the vision of changing narratives of inequality in South Africa.

Vision

Mission

Values

Founders

VISION

The Kolisi Foundation’s vision is to change narratives of inequality in South Africa.

MISSION

The Kolisi Foundation seeks to support people living in under-resourced communities in South Africa, by providing resources, facilitating capacity-building and horizontal learning exchanges, and mobilizing and advocating for systemic change.

We do this by:

  • Mobilising resources to meet opportunities.
  • Connecting people and organizations to one another.
  • Learning from and with others.
  • Amplifying the good work of individuals and organizations as they serve their communities.
  • Inspiring individuals, organisations and companies to get involved.

VALUES

1Learning: Researching & developing best-practice in our projects, taking a learning posture and continually seeking to grow from our mistakes. We want to pay attention to and interrogate the old stories we have been told, and with deep analysis, learn to tell more nuanced stories.
2Integrity: Maintaining humility, transparency and accountability in all our work. We want to make sure that our stories aren’t tales, but are truthful and trustworthy
3Collaboration: Building relationships and working alongside others, to do better work together than we could alone. We want to add our story to the stories of communities and individuals who are changing their worlds.
4Bias to Action: Putting our words into action, showing up, starting somewhere and doing something. We want to live better stories than we tell.
5Ubuntu: Recognising we live in relationships of reciprocity, always respecting people, and upholding the dignity of all. We want to recognise that people do not have only one story, but many stories - stories of challenge and opportunity, of resourcefulness and of resource-scarcity, of value and of needs. We want to remember that our story is tied to their story.

VALUES

Ubuntu: Recognising we live in relationships of reciprocity, always respecting people, and upholding the dignity of all. We want to recognise that people do not have only one story, but many stories – stories of challenge and opportunity, of resourcefulness and of resource-scarcity, of value and of needs. We want to remember that our story is tied to their story.

Bias to Action: Putting our words into action, showing up, starting somewhere and doing something. We want to live better stories than we tell.

Collaboration: Building relationships and working alongside others, to do better work together than we could alone. We want to add our story to the stories of communities and individuals who are changing their worlds.

Learning: Researching & developing best-practice in our projects, taking a learning posture and continually seeking to grow from our mistakes. We want to pay attention to and interrogate the old stories we have been told, and with deep analysis, learn to tell more nuanced stories.

Integrity: Maintaining humility, transparency and accountability in all our work. We want to make sure that our stories aren’t tales, but are truthful and trustworthy.

FOUNDERS

Siya Kolisi

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Rachel Kolisi

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