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Letter from the Founder

The essence of philanthropy lights up my world! I once came upon a phrase that forms the backbone of the Fort Foundation; the French phrase 'Noblesse oblige' literally means 'Nobility obligates'. The phrase denotes the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities. This means, whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly. I couldn't agree more.

In ethical discussion, 'Noblesse oblige' is sometimes used to summarize a moral economy wherein privilege must be balanced by duty towards those who lack such privilege or who cannot perform such duty. Recently, it has been used primarily to refer to public responsibilities of the rich, famous and powerful, notably to provide good examples of behavior or to exceed minimal standards of decency. So then what exactly is privilege? To me, the gift of having a home, running water, electricity, food, education, quality healthcare, family...the list goes on. These are all privileges, as reports show an estimated 766 million people lived in abject poverty across the globe in 2013.

The Fort Foundation is collaborating with partners globally to solve some major challenges in Ghana's healthcare sector, it seeks to: establish a rotating emergency healthcare fund to support the less fortunate, and develop the infrastructure and interior of healthcare facilities nationwide to improve the overall healthcare experience. Every year, many children and adults die in Ghana due to lack of funds as little as $1 to fund their medical needs.

We believe quality healthcare is a necessity, and lack of funds should not prevent people from making the most of their lives, or from having life at all. Each year, we fund innovative ideas that provide timely intervention to families; renovate health centers into wellness spaces, purchase new equipment for selected hospitals to treat deadly diseases, and forge strategic partnerships to develop impactful collaborations.
The Fort Foundation is truly 'pioneering a noble cause' and bringing noble personalities on board to fuel the change we hope to see. I am confident, by committing to our cause, we will help millions of Ghanaians to get the chance to live a healthy, productive life.

With love,

Founder / Chair

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Our Story

The Fort Foundation was founded in 2015 by Natalie Fort, the foundation is guided by Natalie's deeply held belief, stemming from the ''noblesse oblige ideology'' translating as "nobility obliges" and denoting the concept that nobility extends beyond mere entitlements and requires the person who holds such a status to fulfill social responsibilities. Natalie's early discovery she had a curvature of the spine at a tender age; medically referred to as Scoliosis, sparked her interest to seek to bring relief specifically to the healthcare sector, especially to provide financial aid to the underprivileged persons with healthcare needs. Our goal is to improve the environment of healthcare centers across Ghana through interior design initiatives and provision of needed medical equipment. We further seek to provide timely financial aid to the less fortunate with urgent healthcare needs through our emergency healthcare fund, Fort Fund.

Our Mandate

The Fort Foundation focuses on improving the lives of Ghanaians by solving the healthcare problems facing the country.

Create
Child-Friendly
health centers across Ghana

The essence of quality healthcare is to restore wellness to patients and improve their overall lives; it is for this reason Fort seeks to renovate and refurbish hospitals across the country, with particular emphasis on children's' wards in an aesthetically rejuvenating manner, to bring more joy to patients and staff.

Provide timely
financial aid
for the less fortunate with healthcare needs

Healthcare still remains a challenge for many underprivileged Ghanaian's, due to lack of funds as little as $1 lives are being lost on a daily basis. The Fort Fund seeks to form a pool of stand-by funds which serve as an emergency fund for under-privileged persons to receive timely healthcare aid for a quality healthcare experience.

Collaborate with
corporations and individuals
to change the health care picture in Ghana

The Fort Foundation seeks to pursue its agenda of reforming Ghana’s healthcare sector by forming key partnerships with leading corporations and individuals who have made significant contributions to the humanitarian sector and are driving leading business innovations within their respective sectors. These partnerships form the basis upon which the Foundation’s projects and initiatives are developed.

Develop the largest
emergency healthcare fund
across Africa

The Fort Fund is developed with the aim of serving as the largest most resourced and timely emergency healthcare fund across Africa. The Fund will gather resources of various donors across the continent into a pool of stand-by funds to be accessed by Fort Fund Managers and made available to selected Hospitals to cater for the Healthcare needs of less fortunate patients.