A global milestone for social franchising
In January 2014, the world’s first Social Franchising Accelerator was established at the UCT Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship in partnership with Franchising Plus and the International Centre for Social Franchising (ICSF)
With funding from the Rockerfeller Foundation, the initiative is an academic-NGO-private sector partnership and will help meet the needs of poor and vulnerable people across the country by supporting and scaling up successful social impact organisations.
Franchising Plus supported the following social franchising projects through strategic advice and planning.
Philani Mentor Mothers (MM) is a well proven community health programme focused on maternal and child health. The organisation currently has operations in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape with training offshoots in Ethiopia and Swaziland. The organisation wishes to scale further and is now considering social franchising a viable option.
Ikamva Youth equips learners from disadvantaged communities with the knowledge, skills, networks and resources to access tertiary education and employment opportunities once they matriculate. Ikamva Youth has a number of branches already and has also expanded through open sourcing to similar organisations. With a massive national need for youth empowerment, the organisation is now planning to expand through social franchising.
U-turn Homeless Ministries runs a unique programme which uses occupational therapy and safe working environments to equip homeless people to re-enter society and the work-force. The organisation is now considering scaling up its operations using social franchising.
Potential donors can get involved in supporting these social franchises by viewing our current funding opportunities.