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Company makes €1.5 million donation

Company makes €1.5 million donation

Consultancy company Accenture has given Concern World Wide a grant of $1.5 million to fund the development the charity’s farming programmes in Zambia and Malawi.

The $1.5 million grant will be used to educate and assist local farmers and communities in sustainable farming practices. This is one of the largest single private sector grants received by Concern for the support of one specific project.

The three-year Concern project will train 6,400 farmers in Malawi and Zambia in conservation agriculture. Local trainers will provide farmers with the skills needed to feed their communities and increase harvests.

The grant is part of Accenture’s focus on social responsibility. Through its “Skills to Succeed” programme, it educates people around the world, building skills that enable them to contribute to the economy.

In addition to the grant, Accenture will continue supporting Concern with pro-bono consulting services from advice on developing Concern’s business strategy to volunteering.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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