Performance Of Private Philanthropic Organisations In Kenya: The Case Of The Palmhouse Foundation

ABSTRACT

A Kenya National Bureau of Statistics survey of 2009 shows that personal wealth of the

top 10% of Kenyans increased on average five-fold over the past decade. The Society

for International Development noted in its annual report of 2009 that the gap between

this group and the bottom 20% of Kenyans is growing. While we have seen an upsurge

in corporate social responsibility and there is anecdotal evidence of benevolence to

family and friends, the question remains why this vast increase in personal wealth has

not been matched by an upsurge in the formation of, and giving through, structured

private philanthropic organisations, despite pervasive social needs. This dissertation

will examine the factors contributing to the success of the Palmhouse Foundation, a

privately-established philanthropic organisation that has swum against the current and

succeeded in this niche. The organisation was founded to provide assistance to children

from needy families, around Githunguri in Kiambu County, who regularly dropped out

of school for lack of school fees and has grown from supporting an initial 6 students in

2002 to 373 beneficiaries in 2013. Up to 140 of this group had completed their

secondary education at the time the study was conducted. Another 233 are enrolled in

80 of Kenya’s premier secondary schools. The study specifically aimed at establishing

how the nature and profile of sponsors, the reputation of the foundation, and the

relationship between the leadership and management affect the performance of the

Palmhouse Foundation. The study was significant in that it provides insights that can

help Palmhouse Foundation understand what strengths it should build on as well as

what weaknesses to address. The study adopted a conceptual framework and followed

descriptive research design – specifically the Case Study technique. It targeted all the

employees, trustees and management of Palmhouse Foundation and conducted a

census. Primary data was obtained by use of a questionnaire while secondary data was

obtained by use of libraries, journals, organisational reports as well as the World Wide

Web. The study found that the determination of the founders to make lasting social

impact underlies the establishment of private philanthropic organisations. Success of

the organisations is closely correlated with the quality of leadership, financial

accountability and the profile of sponsors. The study makes fiscal and public policy

proposals that would spur the development and growth of private philanthropies.

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APA

GATERE, C (2021). Performance Of Private Philanthropic Organisations In Kenya: The Case Of The Palmhouse Foundation. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/performance-of-private-philanthropic-organisations-in-kenya-the-case-of-the-palmhouse-foundation

MLA 8th

GATERE, COSMA "Performance Of Private Philanthropic Organisations In Kenya: The Case Of The Palmhouse Foundation" Afribary. Afribary, 28 May. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/performance-of-private-philanthropic-organisations-in-kenya-the-case-of-the-palmhouse-foundation. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

MLA7

GATERE, COSMA . "Performance Of Private Philanthropic Organisations In Kenya: The Case Of The Palmhouse Foundation". Afribary, Afribary, 28 May. 2021. Web. 29 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/performance-of-private-philanthropic-organisations-in-kenya-the-case-of-the-palmhouse-foundation >.

Chicago

GATERE, COSMA . "Performance Of Private Philanthropic Organisations In Kenya: The Case Of The Palmhouse Foundation" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 29, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/performance-of-private-philanthropic-organisations-in-kenya-the-case-of-the-palmhouse-foundation