The vision of the Foundation is to create and inspire a healthy, dynamic and safe South Africa for all its people - to unlock the country's full potential. We address one of our biggest challenges: CRIME. Our answer is to educate and activate Change Agents. The COC educational training offered is based on The Responsible Individual (TRI), a personal values-based leadership training programme.

The SmilingOne Foundation is a trust and registered as a non-profit organisation of a public character, established for the Object of carrying out the SmilingOne CIRCLE OF CHANGE (COC) Initiative (exclusively) for the benefit of South African Communities. The Programmes are centered around inspiring change and responsible living. In other words the Objective of the Trust will be to unlock potential.

The Foundation has existed as a voluntary initiative since January 2008. Due to the huge success of the initiative a trust was founded in December 2009 and the foundation become registered as a non-profit organisation on June 14th 2010 – enabling the foundation to raise funds. Registration number 080-470 NPO.

The SmilingOne Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of a Managing Trustee and Board Members (total 3) responsible for the development of the Foundations strategic planning, policy development, financial management, new learning programmes and partnerships. The Board further attends to community outreach, provincial partnerships, and corporate relationships. The Board also oversees the day-to-day administration, project management, and financial management of The SmilingOne Foundation.


  • Franklin Esau
  • Karina Andersen
  • Manuela Viana

The SmilingOne Foundations financial management is done in terms of the South African Auditing standards and audited financial statements are available. The SmilingOne Foundation contracts the services of a part time registered accountant supported by a well trained financial team which oversees the financial management of the projects. The external auditors provide oversight and monitoring. The SmilingOne Foundations auditors are: HG PAGE and Company Practice No 964700

Total quality management is integrated into The SmilingOne Foundations management system. Project monitoring and evaluation is part of the total quality management policy and forms an integral part of all projects and programmes. Quality management is reviewed regularly.

Equal opportunity and a stimulating learning environment: The SmilingOne Foundation is committed to the empowerment of previously disadvantaged communities and equal opportunity for all. The SmilingOne Foundation identifies and recruits individuals in our community for growth and accelerated learning, exposing them through our CIRCLES OF CHANGE™ (COC) and the platform of THE RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUAL™ (TRI) to empowering life skills, guiding and inspiring them to take on leadership roles in The SmilingOne Foundation, as well as in our communities.

SmilingOne is committed to create and maintain a creative learning environment in which all people are treated with loving respect. It is an environment of inclusion, diversity and mutual trust. Members and volunteers will work and learn in a safe, dynamic and inspiring atmosphere.

In response to the worldwide pandemic we have put COV19 policies in place to best navigate these challenging times as we attend to projects and ensure the safety for our team, our clients, our sponsors and stakeholders. You can contact us directly to receive a copy of our COV19 policy.