Sage Foundation launched to empower Africa

President-of-Sage-International, Ivan-Epstein
Sage Foundation has officially been launched across Africa at the 2016 Sage Business Partner Conference in South Africa. Sage is the market leader for integrated accounting, payroll and payment systems.

It has launched the global foundation to set a new benchmark for corporate partnerships through its 2+2+2 model for working with the community.

Under the new model, Sage is committed to giving 2% of employee time, 5 days paid volunteering per year, 2% of free cash flow and 2 donated software licences to eligible registered charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations.

Chairman of Sage Foundation and President for Sage International, Ivan Epstein said by consolidating their work to support charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations under the banner of the Foundation, they can achieve the scale to make a difference in the lives of millions of people around Africa.

“The Sage Foundation is committed to transforming lives by investing our time, money and expertise and technology to create sustainable social and economic opportunity in our local communities around the world. We are passionate about people and helping those who live along side us, it’s our privilege and honour to serve them.” he said.

Ivan Epstein who visited the Little Rose Children’s Centre in Kliptown, Soweto to inaugurate the Sage Foundation Library said the project is the first major initiative for the Sage Foundation in Africa and sees the Sage Foundation create a safe study facility for the Centre’s children and community members.

Epstein added that, there are lots of Sage employees who are already involved in volunteering and grant programmes.

Stephen Kelly, CEO of Sage also averred that, they believe in a socially-responsible world and Sage playing a positive role in communities.

“For us this is the right way to do business. I am proud to see our colleagues in Africa embrace the spirit of Sage Foundation so enthusiastically by supporting this important project.” he added.
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