Image - Jacob Lief
Image - Jacob Lief
Image - Jacob Lief

Activist/Philanthropist Jacob Lief: How to Help Society’s Most Vulnerable

Mon, Nov 9 2015 - 6:30pm

Jacob Lief, Founder and CEO, Ubuntu; Author, I Am Because You Are Here

In conversation with Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder, Tipping Point Community

When Jacob Lief cofounded Ubuntu Education Fund in 1999, it started small, trying to address a single aspect of the educational crisis in South Africa. He quickly realized that even when students had books, pencils and notebooks, many continued to struggle in the classroom, distracted by hunger, issues at home and HIV/AIDS. As Ubuntu grew, he discovered that a traditional development model does not have the capacity to address the complex challenges that the community faces. Redefining the theory of “going to scale,” Ubuntu targets comprehensive household stability, health and educational services to a community of 400,000 people, focusing on the depth rather than the breadth of their impact. Daniel Lurie’s Tipping Point Community has raised more than $100 million and reached more than 600,000 people in need in the Bay Area. Join Lief and Lurie for a conversation that challenges status-quo ideas about philanthropy and education and offers a unique approach to helping vulnerable populations throughout the world.