It’s been just over three and a half years since we officially launched Different Life on the 12th of March 2015, and we just wanted to issue a big thank you to each of you for supporting Different Life, and especially to those of you who have been with us for a significant length of time.

As always, we’ve kept to our commitment to do business in a way that benefits not only our shareholders and customers, but also society at large.

So how exactly does our business model set about making a difference to society? Simply put, we  allow every single Different Life client to donate their first scheduled payment, and every subsequent anniversary payment thereafter to an NGO project of their choice on our crowdfunding platform, Different.org. We call this powerful donation mechanism the Different Donation.

So thank you again. We greatly value your support and wanted to share some of highlights for the year with you.

 

1. NOT JUST TALK: R11,62 MILLION DONATED, AND STILL COUNTING…

We’re pretty chuffed that the Different Donation is proving to be a powerful force, and that the annuity effect  – via your recurring annual donations – is starting to make a real impact. We love that we’ve empowered Different Life clients to become philanthropists, whilst at the same time also looking out for their own interests.

 

2. WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT US?

Some of our policyholders may not know the full story and purpose behind Different Life. If not, you might be interested in CEO Magazine’s interview with Different Life founder and CEO, Philip Tomlinson:

“I’m a great believer in the power, scale and sustainability of business, and in the heart and purpose of philanthropy – together you have the key components to change the world.” – Philip Tomlinson

 

3. IMPACT MADE BY PROJECTS FUNDED ON DIFFERENT.ORG

As well as helping worthy NGO projects get funding, we also love telling the stories of the impact made by those same NGOs on Different.org. We want donors to see how their money is helping change South Africa for the better.

Along with the projects above, the following NGOs also had their projects fully funded on Different.org in 2018: Reach for a Dream, Kids Haven, National Children’s Theater, Heronbridge College Foundation and Eduplex.

Click here to see all of the projects you’ve helped us fund.

 

4. DIFFERENT LIFE TEAM CELEBRATION

We are proud of the team we’ve built over the years and love to receive positive feedback from our clients about them!

 

5 WE’VE ALSO BEEN BUSY WITH THIS

If you have previously received the Different Life newsletter, you might have noticed an article from our blog called theDifferent.tv. We like to celebrate the very best of who and what is happening in our country. To give you a sneak preview of what it’s about, here’s one of our most-loved articles from earlier this year:

Heather Mason spends an afternoon shopping at the Oriental Plaza. Read more here.
Youlendree Appasamy shares some of her favourite spots along Mpumalanga’s Panorama Route. Read more here.