PODCAST – #139 w. Annabelle Chauncy – How to use money to drive social change

Ben Nash

In this episode of the podcast, I talked to Annabelle Chauncy who is a founding Director and CEO of School for Life. It is a not-for-profit foundation, helping people in rural Uganda, empowering communities to help themselves and create their own opportunities.

We talk about the journey from a 21-year-old uni student with some passion and an idea around making a difference turning into a community that is educating over a thousand people in Africa.

Some of the financial sort of process that Annabelle went through to get people behind her because of how she balances the risk management versus taking advantage of the opportunities for her foundation. Then we drew a bit of a parallel to how people manage their personal finances and investment strategy, and then unpacked a bit of Annabel’s personal financial journey.

Annabelle Chauncy OAM is the CEO and Founding Director of the School for Life Foundation. Annabelle is a dynamic leader and social entrepreneur who started a multi-national NGO from scratch at the age of 21, with operations in both Australia and Uganda. Over the past 10 years, through her Foundation, School for Life, she has built a team of more than 120 staff, built 3 schools in rural Uganda that provide quality education to 1025 students and outreach to more than 2000 people. Annabelle knows how to drive effective change in Australia and Uganda, navigating fast growth (50-100% year on year since inception), developing a national brand and engaging thousands of supporters to raise more than $8M in 5 years. Annabelle has overcome huge barriers including running two high performing businesses in different continents on exceptionally tight budgets, cultural and gender biases, shifting mindsets, driving change and innovation, engaging staff, building teams and raising capital.


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@achauncy, @_schoolforlife

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@annabellechauncy, @schoolforlifefoundation



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