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War on Want 50 years old today

War on Want 50 years old today

International anti-poverty charity War on Want today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the letter which sparked the foundation of the charity. Publisher Victor Gollancz wrote to the Manchester Guardian calling for a negotiated settlement to end the Korean war and for an international fund to be set up ‘to turn swords into ploughshares’.

International anti-poverty charity War on Want today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the letter which sparked the foundation of the charity. Publisher Victor Gollancz wrote to the Manchester Guardian calling for a negotiated settlement to end the Korean war and for an international fund to be set up ‘to turn swords into ploughshares’.

It is remarkable what a letter to the editor can achieve. Amnesty International is another charitable organisation that grew out of a letter in a newspaper. In Amnesty’s case it was a letter by lawyer Peter Benenson to The Observer.

Read A radical charity turns 50 at SocietyGuardian.

Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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