Allied Communities Network (ALCON) was founded on 1 October 2007 in Orlando, Johannesburg South Africa, in order to raise and distribute capital to fund grassroots projects and programmes that support the improvement of the health, social and economic conditions of the poor and vulnerable social groups - children, youth, women, dispersed people, victims of war, poverty, social and administrative injustice in the poor urban and rural communities of South Africa.
The organisation seeks the participation of people with a significant interest in the health, social and economic welfare of children, women, youth and vulnerable groups and invites their support through private giving.
ALCON is a registered South African section 30 of the Income Tax Act, 10(1) (cN) not-for profit and tax-exempt Public Benefit organisation section 18A (1) (a), which encourages private financial support for the identified public benefit activities. Those who make contributions to the causes through the organisation are entitled to the all tax benefits authorised by the law.
We support our beneficiary communities of practice through the promotion of community development, relief and advocacy, for the respect and observation of the rule of law, universal human rights and support for education and training, health, cultural, artistic, social and economic development efforts targeting the beneficiaries above.
To develop an environment that promotes giving and therein seek, receive, manage, and distribute resources for the creation and development of projects and programmes that support social and economic development efforts targeting the promotion of access to education and training, community health, skills development, social welfare and sustainable livelihoods for children, women, youth, dispersed people, victims of war, poverty, social and administrative injustice
Since the establishment of the organisation in 2007 hundreds of contributions have been given to the organisation’s causes mainly as pass-over gifts. Most contributors give, recalling with appreciation the satisfaction feed-back they get from beneficiaries themselves. Gifts can be recorded as outright, commitment or through deferred commitments.
Outright gifts are immediately utilised in the causes, while deferred gifts will come to the organisation at a later date through trusts, annuities, life insurance and other testamentary instruments.
Private giving continues to be of critical importance to our causes. Many opportunities can be created through the generosity of friends to the institution, made up of community members local and national businesses, government, international organisations, philanthropists and activist, trusts, foundations and other organisations
Generous support in the organisation’s mission and lasting gift commitments can enhance opportunities for beneficiaries and make things possible that would not be there otherwise, without private giving.