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New Diana fund CEO to meet charity leaders

New Diana fund CEO to meet charity leaders

Dr Astrid Honeyman, the new Chief Executive of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, is to address chief executives of international charities at the ACEVO Funding the Future conference in London on 15 November. She will use the opportunity to present her consultation document ‘The Future of the Fund’ and seek feedback from charity leaders.

The document will contain the findings and emerging options of a strategic review. The key points emerging from the review include:

The Fund will continue to give priority to groups and causes that otherwise find it difficult to obtain recognition.

It remains committed to awareness raising and advocacy as well as its practical work.

The themes identified in the early days of the Fund as priorities remain so:
o Displaced people;
o People at the margins of society;
o Survivors of conflict and those requiring mediation;
o Dying and bereaved people.

The Fund will continue making new grants from its capital reserves of £28 million for at least five years from 2006. The total life of the Fund will be between five to nine years from 2006, subject to periodic review.

The Fund proposes to allocate grants to a small number of five-year programmes in particular subject areas, with the intended outcomes specified at the beginning.

The Fund intends to continue its existing programmes supporting the improvement of palliative care in Africa and the cause of landmines and ERW.

In addition, it is looking to identify up to three other major programmes for further exploration and development.

In its remaining years, the Fund expects to spend slightly more overseas than in the UK therefore bringing the balance during its lifetime to 50/50.

The Fund will keep an unallocated reserve of £5 million for the next three years or so until the timing and nature of the concluding phase of the Fund’s work becomes clearer.

Copies of of the Consultation pack are available from the Fund on 020 7902 5500 by or email.

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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