The PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund — a Non-profit Company
PHASA takes it social responsibility seriously. In 2003 PHASA established the PHASA Conservation Fund. The aim of the Fund was initially to promote and directly fund worthy conservation projects. In 2005 the Fund extended its mandate and the Fund’s name was changed to the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund. Today the Fund, in addition to supporting conservation projects, also actively promotes the empowerment and upliftment of previously disadvantaged individuals and communities, primarily through direct funding of training and skills development programmes.
In recent years the Fund has supported a number of important projects and organisations, including the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, Conservation Force, cheetah and Cape mountain zebra research projects, professional hunter courses for students from previously disadvantaged communities, and the rhino anti-poaching programmes of WESSA, EWT, Wildlands Conservation Trust and SANParks. The Fund offers bursaries to individuals who are in the employ of PHASA members and who wish to advance their career opportunities through further study.
The Fund enjoys a special relationship with the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) in Hoedspruit, Mpumalanga. SAWC has trained more than 900 students from previously disadvantaged communities in conservation management courses with funds raised at the annual PHASA African Wildlife Heritage Gala Dinner.
The Fund generates income through voluntary “Conservation Contributions” paid by clients hunting with PHASA members, through donations from a variety of sources including our members, international and local affiliates and corporate sponsors. The Fund also generates income through its annual African Wildlife Heritage Gala Dinner. Since its inception the Fund has raised in excess of R11 million for worthy projects.
Our policies in respect of applications for funding and bursaries are available on the PHASA website: Access this link
FUND MEMORANDUM OF INCORPORATION
The Fund is a registered, non-profit company and a Memorandum of Incorporation governs its management. Below are some extracts. A copy of the full MOI can be obtained from our office at no charge.
The Fund is a non-profit company … with the following objects:
- to raise funds to promote and advance the objects stipulated below
- to promote and support biodiversity conservation in the Republic and elsewhere
- to promote and advance broad-based black economic empowerment in the professional hunting and wildlife industries through training and education
- to promote education and training in matters relating to professional hunting and biodiversity conservation
- to provide logistical and financial support to PHASA
- to promote and secure the future of professional hunting in the Republic
- to promote the wise and sustainable use of the wildlife resources of the Republic, through, inter alia, professional hunting
- to support, commission, conduct and/or fund research in matters relating to the objects stipulated above
- to support, commission, initiate, manage and/or fund projects relating to the objects stipulated above
- to render services to the cause of professional hunting and professional hunters with the object of enhancing the standards of professional hunting in the Republic
- to grow the funds of the company so as to produce an income, which will assist in financing the attainment of the abovementioned objects
Membership to the Fund:
- Application for membership of PHASA also serves as an application for membership of the PHASA Conservation and Empowerment Fund, a non-profit company (NPC).
- Registration and subscription fees are, however, only payable in respect of PHASA membership. No registration or subscription fees are payable in respect of membership of the fund.
- Only people with full membership and life membership are entitled to vote.