About the Foundation

TY Danjuma Foundation is an independent private Nigerian philanthropic organisation committed to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged Nigerians, by supporting primarily health and education interventions implemented by Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), faith-based organisations, youth organisations, women’s groups and similar groups working in Nigeria.

TY Danjuma Foundation was established in 2009 by Lt. Gen. Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, GCON, a retired Nigerian Army Chief of Staff, an astute and successful businessman. In 2010 TY Danjuma Foundation became fully operational and has continued to make grants.

Mission

The TY Danjuma Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians by supporting initiatives that improve access to health and educational opportunities.

Vision

A Nigeria where all people have access to affordable quality health care, education and equal opportunities to realize their potential.

Main Goals

  • Enhance community health care by providing free medical services to rural communities which lack adequate medical facilities;

  • Improve the quality of education of children and young people (18 years and younger);

  • Alleviate the extreme poverty in communities across the country by providing clean drinking water, and encouraging the education/empowerment of women.

Values

The Foundation will operate with the following core values:

  • Informed and responsive grant making

  • Community involvement

  • Government participation

  • Accountability to beneficiaries

  • Encourages innovation

  • Promote philanthropy in Nigeria

Focus Areas

  • Community Health Initiatives

  • Enhancing Quality of Education and skills training

How the Foundation works

TY Danjuma Foundation works mainly through Non Governmental Organisations and Community Based groups in Nigeria. Our strategy of working through partnerships is intended to build institutional capacity of groups, supporting innovation and ensuring that the funding provided meets the needs of the target beneficiaries and is culturally relevant. In doing so, the Foundation encourages its grantees to forge collaborations and partnerships with local, state and national government agencies to enhance sustainability of the projects.

The Foundation also seeks collaboration with other grant makers and international agencies working in its target areas. Where necessary, the Foundation will leverage additional funding from other sources to support partners’ initiatives.

An important component of the Foundation’s work is the dedication to documenting and analysing the projects we fund to assist in strengthening our future grantmaking and assist in influencing policies and practice in the areas we operate.

Networking and Partnerships

There are a number of important actors and individuals already active in the areas the Foundation aims to work in. Therefore, collaborative relationships will be forged with key groups of actors:

Civil Society: The Foundation will mainly work through Non Governmental Organisations, community based groups, including faith-based organisations, youth and women’s groups in Nigeria. Our strategy of working through partnerships is intended to build institutional capacity of groups, supporting innovation and ensuring that the funding provided meets the needs of the target beneficiaries and is culturally relevant. In doing so, the Foundation encourages its grantees to forge collaborations and partnerships with local, state and national government agencies to enhance sustainability of the projects.

Governments: The Foundation is cognizant of the fact that its interventions are the primary responsibility of the government. Thus, the Foundation will not operate in a manner that conveys an impression that these interventions will absolve government of its responsibility. Therefore the Foundation will encourage the organisations it supports to work with governments at all levels, including the state and national assemblies, government ministries, departments and agencies. The Foundation will also seek to involve government agencies in the assessment of the projects implemented to ensure that the grants provided are utilized for the approved purposes.

Other foundations: The TY Danjuma Foundation will identify and where necessary partner with Foundations that work in similar intervention areas. Efforts will be made to encourage international Foundations to invest and work in Nigeria through “joint funding” initiatives.

The Foundation will also get involved in the national and international philanthropic sector by joining platforms and networks that are committed to advancing philanthropy. For example, the African Grant makers Affinity Group, the Council on Foundations and other such groups. At the national level, the Foundation will pioneer and support efforts to promote philanthropic giving and encourage Nigerians to become more philanthropic.

Private sector: The Foundation will seek collaborations with private sector institutions that use business solutions to solve social problems. For example, collaborations will be forged with organizations with corporate social responsibility initiatives across the country. Public Private partnerships in the funding of large-scale projects will also be sought.

International experts: The Foundation will leverage international expertise to implement projects.