Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Since the inception of Gray Swan Financial Services (Pty) Ltd, we have allocated 10% of our profits to the Gray Swan Charitable Trust (GSCT). Via our Trust, we make a meaningful difference in the lives of the less privileged. The sole purpose of the GSCT is to be a channel through which GraySwan and other companies or individuals can generously give to make a difference.
We know that the finest way to ensure sustainable giving is to not only allocate funds, but to personally be involved in our projects Our employees and our Trustees get to know those who benefit from the GSCT’s funding; those who steward their money, those who daily are committed to go into broken places of communities to restore hope and life. When the less privileged has a name, a face, a dream, one realises that when you have more than you need, it is remarkably more joyous to build a longer table, instead of a higher fence.
We partner with organisations that are skillfully managed to competently steward resources while adhering to principles that we value and relate to.
We partner with organisations that are skilfully managed to competently steward resources while adhering to principles that we value and relate to.
In 2016 we launched a shoe donation initiative called “Walk with a Purpose”. To date, we managed to distribute just over 9,300 pairs of shoes to less privileged schools in our direct community through the assistance of donor schools, individuals and corporates. Corporates matched a Rand amount for the shoes distributed and we managed to raise over R1,000,000 which is used to assist less privileged schools with burning needs.
Walk with a Purpose
The GraySwan Charitable Trust initiated and launched a soulful shoe project, “Walk with a Purpose” in 2016. The mission of the project is for kids (and adults) to walk with a purpose by participating in the global trend of launching awareness of one of life’s most basic necessities, namely a pair of shoes…
We thanked all our Walk with a Purpose donors by using Radio Helderberg as a platform. Thank you to the local schools, corporates and clients. We will provide detailed feedback in the 2018 video of where the shoes were distributed and how the funds were used to uplift the community. Listen to the recording here.
As with our motto, “always count”, we test and verify everything. Each month we conduct more than 30 different detailed investment manager peer group GraySwan ScoreCards. Every report encapsulates more than 30 pages of performance and risk related statistics and form part of various quantitative reports, which we use as an initial screening methodology in our investment manager research process.