© ActionAid 2009 Smile, please!
Our past  shines a bright light on our future
Our past shines a bright light on our future
 
<ul><li>What the past  tells us </li></ul><ul><li>Where we’ve come from. </li></ul><ul><li>How we got here. </li></ul><ul>...
Seven shining lights A presentation from history to  ActionAid’s first ever General Assembly, Rome, 24 June 2009 By Ken Bu...
Cecil Jackson Cole  1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder
Cecil Jackson Cole  1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder Me, 4th April 1977 My first day as  UK director Action in Distress
Working with the Founder <ul><li>A genuine eccentric Victorian-style philanthropist… </li></ul><ul><li>..driven by voices ...
My interview ‘ That’s the thing about internationalisation – you get all the flavours!’   Sriprapha
First interview
Final interview
ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal.  When I joined in 1977, it was called  Action in Distress. Ch...
ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal. When I joined in 1977, it was called  Action in Distress. Cha...
ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal. When I joined in 1977, it was called  Action in Distress. Cha...
Cecil Jackson Cole  1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder Rip Hodson, Overseas director Ian Kerr,  General secretary Me,  UK direc...
Colin Williams Salil Shetty Ramesh Singh Gonzalo Crespi de Valldaura PeeBee Le Bas
’… please stress for trustees  the importance of making change happen in the heat and the dust on the ground, not just in ...
The first international meeting 1
ActionAid’s first international meeting,  London, 1982   <ul><li>11 participants </li></ul><ul><li>All British </li></ul><...
<ul><li>140 participants </li></ul><ul><li>From 40 countries </li></ul><ul><li>50% women </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly Africans...
It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
How ActionAid grew,  Mhadhavan, aged 9, Bangalore. 2 thanks to the best fundraising proposition of all time.
… ActionAid became Britain’s first direct- marketed charity.
Effective marketing, but with standards. legal decent honest truthful 3
Individuals, at the grass roots, are our foundations.  It’s why our supporters  believe in us . 4 For our supporters, it’s...
There are many things our supporters could do with their money, other than give it to us… … they give it to ActionAid beca...
‘ If we have their hearts and minds, their wallets will follow.’ Harold Sumption 5 The best fundraising advice ever…
We get – and keep – their hearts and minds only when they can consistently see we are doing the right thing. 5
‘ If we lose their hearts and minds,  we’ll lose their money too.’ If we lose the individual link,  in time we’ll lose our...
If we are loyal to our donors, they will be loyal to us. 6 The truth about donor loyalty…
From Richard Turner, ActionAid UK 6
Now, it’s harder to recruit new supporters. But existing supporters will give more, if asked.  In UK, supporters giving mo...
Noerine Kaleeba’s very important recent message about   Unity and collective responsibility ‘ That’s the thing about inter...
Surprisingly, ActionAid’s history has not always been characterised by board unity. 7 The absolute core of effective gover...
‘ ActionAid prospers when management and board are working well together, on the same side.’ <ul><li>This is blindingly ob...
One tradition we must carry forward into this General Assembly... 7 Finally…
Poor and marginalised people Our supporters Our colleagues and former colleagues, everywhere Our absent guests…
So, here’s to a future even more impressive than our past.
Cheers! Here’s to the next 35 years. Though we all sincerely hope that, for most people, poverty will be a thing of the pa...
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    1. 1. © ActionAid 2009 Smile, please!
    2. 2. Our past shines a bright light on our future
    3. 3. Our past shines a bright light on our future
    4. 5. <ul><li>What the past tells us </li></ul><ul><li>Where we’ve come from. </li></ul><ul><li>How we got here. </li></ul><ul><li>Where we should be going now. </li></ul>
    5. 6. Seven shining lights A presentation from history to ActionAid’s first ever General Assembly, Rome, 24 June 2009 By Ken Burnett Former UK director, director of fundraising, trustee and international chair.
    6. 7. Cecil Jackson Cole 1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder
    7. 8. Cecil Jackson Cole 1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder Me, 4th April 1977 My first day as UK director Action in Distress
    8. 9. Working with the Founder <ul><li>A genuine eccentric Victorian-style philanthropist… </li></ul><ul><li>..driven by voices from beyond… </li></ul><ul><li>… extremely difficult to work for. </li></ul><ul><li>A charity for young people… </li></ul><ul><li>..run by young people… </li></ul><ul><li>… funded by charity shops… </li></ul><ul><li>… with sponsors recruited in the religious press. </li></ul><ul><li>It started in 1972. </li></ul>Cecil Jackson Cole 1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder
    9. 10. My interview ‘ That’s the thing about internationalisation – you get all the flavours!’ Sriprapha
    10. 11. First interview
    11. 12. Final interview
    12. 13. ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal. When I joined in 1977, it was called Action in Distress. Changed to ActionAid in 1980.
    13. 14. ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal. When I joined in 1977, it was called Action in Distress. Changed to ActionAid in 1980.
    14. 15. ActionAid was started in 1972 as the Christian Youth Appeal. When I joined in 1977, it was called Action in Distress. Changed to ActionAid in 1980.
    15. 16. Cecil Jackson Cole 1901-1979 ActionAid’s Founder Rip Hodson, Overseas director Ian Kerr, General secretary Me, UK director Roger Lees, First chairman Harold Sumption Sir Leslie Kirkley CBE
    16. 17. Colin Williams Salil Shetty Ramesh Singh Gonzalo Crespi de Valldaura PeeBee Le Bas
    17. 18. ’… please stress for trustees the importance of making change happen in the heat and the dust on the ground, not just in the news cycle. … ActionAid no longer seems to be interested in programming for its own sake.’ Rip Hodson, former CEO
    18. 19. The first international meeting 1
    19. 20. ActionAid’s first international meeting, London, 1982 <ul><li>11 participants </li></ul><ul><li>All British </li></ul><ul><li>All men </li></ul><ul><li>All white men </li></ul><ul><li>All rich white men </li></ul>Something had to change. It did.
    20. 21. <ul><li>140 participants </li></ul><ul><li>From 40 countries </li></ul><ul><li>50% women </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly Africans and Asians </li></ul><ul><li>Much higher level of debate </li></ul>ActionAid’s most recent strategy planning meeting, Bangkok, 2004 Something had changed. We made sure it did. 1
    21. 22. It is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness
    22. 23. How ActionAid grew, Mhadhavan, aged 9, Bangalore. 2 thanks to the best fundraising proposition of all time.
    23. 24. … ActionAid became Britain’s first direct- marketed charity.
    24. 25. Effective marketing, but with standards. legal decent honest truthful 3
    25. 26. Individuals, at the grass roots, are our foundations. It’s why our supporters believe in us . 4 For our supporters, it’s the core of what we are…
    26. 27. There are many things our supporters could do with their money, other than give it to us… … they give it to ActionAid because they believe in what we are doing, because they can see and understand it .
    27. 28. ‘ If we have their hearts and minds, their wallets will follow.’ Harold Sumption 5 The best fundraising advice ever…
    28. 29. We get – and keep – their hearts and minds only when they can consistently see we are doing the right thing. 5
    29. 30. ‘ If we lose their hearts and minds, we’ll lose their money too.’ If we lose the individual link, in time we’ll lose our donors. 5
    30. 31. If we are loyal to our donors, they will be loyal to us. 6 The truth about donor loyalty…
    31. 32. From Richard Turner, ActionAid UK 6
    32. 33. Now, it’s harder to recruit new supporters. But existing supporters will give more, if asked. In UK, supporters giving more = shortfalls from attrition plus more costly recruitment. 6 From Richard Turner, ActionAid UK
    33. 34. Noerine Kaleeba’s very important recent message about Unity and collective responsibility ‘ That’s the thing about internationalisation – you get all the flavours!’ Sriprapha 7
    34. 35. Surprisingly, ActionAid’s history has not always been characterised by board unity. 7 The absolute core of effective governance… Nor, always, by harmony with management.
    35. 36. ‘ ActionAid prospers when management and board are working well together, on the same side.’ <ul><li>This is blindingly obvious. </li></ul><ul><li>Our aspirations in governance are the envy of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Our strategy planning process is exemplary. </li></ul><ul><li>Our standards of governance are a light that guides us. </li></ul><ul><li>But… we must never forget the fine line between governance and management . </li></ul><ul><li>If the past has taught us anything, it should be this. </li></ul>7
    36. 37. One tradition we must carry forward into this General Assembly... 7 Finally…
    37. 38. Poor and marginalised people Our supporters Our colleagues and former colleagues, everywhere Our absent guests…
    38. 39. So, here’s to a future even more impressive than our past.
    39. 40. Cheers! Here’s to the next 35 years. Though we all sincerely hope that, for most people, poverty will be a thing of the past, long before then.
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