Val de Vie Estate leads the way in social investment

Nation Builder executive director, Keir-Leigh Paschal and Val de Vie founder Martin Venter.

The Val de Vie Estate outside Paarl announced the launch of a fresh structure to their foundation that models the estate’s generous approach to business, while encouraging homeowners to do the same by getting involved in the communities around the Paarl-Franschhoek Valley.

The Val de Vie Estate, a Nation Builder business, founded the Val de Vie Foundation in 2015 with the desire to live out their vision statement: “a better life for all.”

To achieve this big vision, Val de Vie realised that it was essential to set up a formal structure that focused on generating funds to support exceptional organisations that have a positive impact on the Paarl communities.

In partnership with the Nation Builder business community, their online self-assessment and accompanying resources, the Val de Vie Foundation embarked on a journey of ensuring it had the greatest possible social impact.

“The mandate of the Val de Vie Foundation is to offer youth and leadership development, to enable access to education, to facilitate job creation and to carry out projects of social and spiritual concern for the relief of communities in distress,” said Martin Venter, founder of Val de Vie Estate and Foundation.

A percentage of the sales of the Val de Vie Estate stands are put into the foundation, as well as a percentage of all 1095 property Phase Two levies and event proceeds. They have also added a voluntary additional levy to Phase One home-owners that will go towards the fund. The Val de Vie Foundation is encouraging all residents to sign-up and volunteer in different manners within the NPO partnerships that they have with NPOs in the valley.

The Val de Vie Foundation is a member of Nation Builder, and this partnership has helped to inform the CSI approach that the super-estate is now taking.

At the launch of this new foundation structure, Nation Builder Executive Director Keri-Leigh Paschal spoke about how the Val de Vie Foundation has grown in their strategic approach, being on the CSI Good Giving Journey with Nation Builder. “It is encouraging to see a business passionate about community investment grow and establish a formal strategy and approach to effectively distribute these funds for greatest impact, as well as leverage their influence and passion for using what they have for good.

“It is fantastic to see how they have been able to get other home owners and businesses excited about being part of building our nation,” said Paschal.

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