Our people – JDI ‘Doers’
About JDI doers:
Doers are individuals with a positive attitude and energy to make a difference in South Africa, and who are looking for a simple, supportive structure within which to do this. There are around 700 doers within JDI, with different levels of involvement. Some are passive (only contribute funds or attend fund-raisers) while others are more active. The degree of involvement is up to the doer. Often groups have a social aspect too.
What is expected of doers:
Doers are generally organised in groups, typically about 6-15 people. Each group tends to have a leader (who may rotate) and who is responsible for organising the group. The group collectively finds projects they wish to support and pools resources (time, money, skills and energy) to do this. The idea is not just to give handouts, but to get involved with welfare organisations in a sustainable and beneficial way.
Fundraising takes place through direct stop orders, or irregular contributions from a doer’s bank account to the JDI account where it is kept in that group’s sub-account. When sufficient funds have accumulated in the group’s sub-account, the group meets to decide on a project to support. It is recommended that groups meet every four to six weeks to make decisions. Once a decision has been made, the JDI group sends a request for payment to the JDI administrator and approval by a trustee, payment is deposited with the welfare organisation or the required item is bought and delivered by the doer group to the beneficiary. At this stage, all funds raised by groups are used on projects. Administration is covered by trustees and a volunteer. 75% of money raised must be spent in that year (the ‘just do it’ attitude).
Groups act autonomously of each other, but can work together on a particular project which has a greater need. Doer groups are encouraged to grow JDI organically by initiating the creation of a new JDI group each year.