The ELMA Philanthropies Services is the services arm of the ELMA Group of Foundations. From locations in New York, Cape Town and Dar es Salaam we develop program strategies, identify and explore grant making opportunities, monitor grant performance, and establish philanthropic relationships for the Foundations.
The ELMA Group of Foundations provides sizeable philanthropic assistance to high impact initiatives within each Foundation’s area of focus.
The ELMA Foundation
The ELMA Foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of Africa’s children and youth through the support of sustainable efforts to relieve poverty, advance education, and promote health.
The ELMA Foundation aims to fund activities on the continent of Africa that:
relieve the poverty, suffering, illness and distress of children;
advance the education of disadvantaged children and youth;
improve the quality of life and prospects of disadvantaged children and the families and households that support them; and
improve health care, health care facilities, and health care infrastructure primarily for the benefit of children.
In pursuit of its mission, the ELMA Foundation makes investments in health that:
support integrated service delivery to ensure mothers, newborns, and children receive health services seamlessly and effectively;
develop the infrastructure needed to support healthcare service delivery; and
advance exploration of health financing options to support service delivery and facilitate transfer of program delivery to national systems.
In pursuit of its mission, the ELMA Foundation makes investments in education that:
better prepare children to learn and engage in their education at school through Early Childhood Development (ECD), supporting stronger cognitive development, increased stimulation and improved health and nutrition;
enhance teacher development and support; and
strengthen school leadership, governance and management of environment and activities.
The ELMA Foundation pursues special grant opportunities which may not fit neatly within, or which bridge our Education or Health program strategies. Special Opportunities grants are developed and considered on a case-by-case basis, without defined program parameters. Examples to date include:
Children’s rights – supporting organizations or programs that advance the legal rights of children
Children’s policy formation – providing support so that public policy as it concerns children is formed on well-documented facts and evidence
Vocational training – assisting disadvantaged youth to have practical vocational training to prepare them for the job market