About the VSF International
The VSF International is a lay-led initiative, taking its roots in the principles of the Catholic social teachings, focusing on solidarity and common good. It is inspired by Pope Francis and his call to fight poverty and engage in effective and practical actions to promote integral human development.
The history of The VSF
Launched in 2017, the VSF International was inspired by the work and research done throughout the last 24 years by the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation (CAPPF) and more recently from the work done by Prof. Josef Bonnici who has made the case for a Voluntary Solidarity Fund in a recent study, calling for a moral response to the growing gap in inequality. Prof. Angus Deaton has written several books on the origins of inequality, and his work on consumption, poverty, and welfare won him a Nobel Prize in 2015. Other organisations like the IMF, the Bank of England and several high profile economists have called for an urgent response to this growing issue.
How we operate
The VSF is an organisation that collects and channels funds to established programmes that are already acting to counter the dilapidating effects of socio-economic decay. The programmes we support fall into three broad categories: Those that aim to integrate the marginalised communities, those that educate through volunteers, grants and scholarships and those that provide interest free loans and business mentorship to struggling entrepreneurs. The projects are selected based on organisations alignment with our principles and schools of thought as well as their full compliance with regulations and governance.
The VSF international will operate as a network of locally registered VSF charities in selected countries. Each local VSF will follow the same core operating rules, ethos and transparency standards. Within these parameters, each local VSF will be autonomous and have decision making authority to enable them to adapted to the specific social needs of their local communities. As such, we aim to build a community of holding hands by linking and supporting projects that can run independently.