The value of transformative gifts
World Vision believes in helping children to live life ‘in all its fullness’, including those growing up in some of the poorest countries in the world.
While sponsoring a child allows this to happen one child at a time, investing in one of World Vision’s philanthropy projects allows you to transform the lives of hundreds, or even thousands, of children.
The World Vision Philanthropy team works to secure funding for projects that can’t be funded through our child sponsorship programme and gives supporters the opportunity to experience our work in a different way. If you would like to speak to a member of the Philanthropy Team please call 01908 841010.
When you support World Vision, you become a partner of the world's largest international children's charities. Working in almost 100 countries, we benefit from the expertise of world-class development specialists; utilising economies of scale that are vital on the ground when a disaster happens. We also have a voice in international forums like the United Nations, and governments regularly seek our advice.
But, just as important as our size and global footprint is our grassroots presence. World Vision employs local people with local knowledge. This means our interventions can be targeted at the most vulnerable children because we know exactly who they are.
We gratefully accept gifts to fund a portion of a project or you can ‘own’ an entire project and commit to it for the duration. Most of our projects usually require £50,000 to £100,000 a year for three to five years. The three project examples below are typical of this type of giving:
Battambang Drop In Centre, Cambodia
In parts of Cambodia, poverty is forcing vulnerable families to send their children into dangerous work. Children as young as five are exploited in hazardous labour, including working in brick factories where they risk serious damage to their hands and limbs, and even death. All vulnerable children face an increased risk of violence, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases and trafficking.
The Battambang Drop In Centre in Cambodia works to help children by reducing the most hazardous forms of child labour in Cambodia. This is done in three ways:
- Increasing the number of children attending the Drop In Centre and promoting the value of education
- Supporting income-generating activities for parents, so sending children to work is not the only option
- Raising awareness of children’s rights with local employers.
To date, this project has helped 1,440 children directly and 30,785 indirectly. Its annual budget is £95,000 per year.
Sangailu, North Kenya
Sangailu is in Eastern Kenya, close to the Kenya-Somalia border. Drought is common, so local people move around frequently in search of water and grazing land for their animals. Children here are especially subject to disease and ill health because of contaminated water, low immunisation levels, and poor hygiene and sanitation. Few parents view education as a priority and access to schools is unreliable. Children are at constant risk of forced marriage, child abuse, domestic violence and child labour. In Sangailu, children’s rights are not high on the agenda.
It’s hoped that over time, our Sangailu development programme will change the lives of over 17,460 people. Over a three-year period, a budget of £1,000,000 is required here.
Just 20 miles from the Somalia border, our programme in Sangailu is an opportunity to invest in an area recovering from a lengthy period of civil conflict and instability. Ethnic Somalis make up most of the Sangailu’s population. Because of this, we consider Sangailu to be a ‘fragile context’.
Development projects like these are part our current strategy to provide more aid in the most fragile, challenging environments. It’s a life-changing opportunity to help change the world for the better and get involved in something strategic, innovative and large scale.
Access to education for girls in Zimbabwe
Matabeleland North has the highest rate of school-age children not attending school (22 percent), followed by Matabeleland South (21 percent) and Midlands (19 percent). Matabeleland North also has the highest percentage of teenage mothers in the country.
In these areas, cultural and attitudinal perceptions place little or no value on girls’ education. Because of this, about 34 percent of girls drop out at primary level – increasing their vulnerability and reducing their life choices. Many families also struggle to meet girls’ education expenses. School uniforms can be out of reach and home management is affected by the lack of domestic labour when girls are at school.
To help, World Vision’s Village Savings & Loans scheme works closely with families to involve women in household decision-making and encourage income to be channeled into educating girls. In addition, our Citizen Voice and Action work uses local level advocacy to strengthen dialogue between communities and government - improving the services that impact the daily lives of vulnerable children and their families.
This large-scale education project will help 49,000 marginalised girls aged 10-18 years from 500 schools in Matabeleland. It has been funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) who will continue to fund 90 percent of the project with World Vision sourcing 10 percent match-funding (£1.2 million over three years via significant philanthropic donations). This type of large, match-funding project can leverage secured funds so that £1,000 from a donor can often be turned into £8,000 or £9,000 – making your philanthropy go even further.
Our promise to you
We want you to know that you get the maximum return on your investment. When you make a significant donation to World Vision we will:
- Send you regular updates about the impact that your donation is having on the project of your choice
- Ensure your personal relationship manager keeps you informed on other aspects of our work
- Invite you to meet key staff in the UK and overseas, including Justin Byworth, the World Vision UK Chief Executive
- Offer you the opportunity to travel to see our overseas aid work
- Send you bi-annual newsletters and invitations to visit our Milton Keynes and London offices.
Trusts and foundations
If you would like to bring real hope to children in poverty, through a trust or foundation, then please do contact our Philanthropy team. We have a strong history of working with a wide range of trusts and foundations – from smaller family trusts to larger professional foundations like the Laing Charitable Trusts and the Sainsbury Family Trust. We can cater for all reporting requirements and have a rigorous process to measure outcomes and impact, as well as providing a detailed financial analysis on a bi-annual basis.
If you’re thinking about making a significant donation to make a real difference to children’s lives, this is what some of our current philanthropists are saying about donating to World Vision:
“Impressed to see how World Vision recognises the problems of the past, helps find solutions for the present and lays foundations for the future.”
“The genuine passion, patience and excellence with which you are helping the poor and vulnerable was very heartwarming to see.”
"Going to visit a World Vision Area Development Project in Zimbabwe was an incredible experience. I was struck by the mix of rigorous professionalism with compassionate care. The World Vision staff are capable, intelligent and highly qualified. More than that, they're involved – you get the sense that this is personal for them. They're able to work credibly with government agencies and community leaders, without ever losing sight of their vision to serve the poor and care for children. We feel very confident about our partnership with World Vision and wish it to continue for many years."
Meet the Philanthropy team
Our dedicated Philanthropy team is here to help you. They can:
- Explain how your contribution can help transform the lives of the world's poorest children
- Explain the types of projects you can get involved in
- Bring your philanthropy alive by keeping you in touch with the work you are supporting.
Our team members include:
Mary Smith, Head of Specialist Giving
Mary has almost ten years of experience in the charity sector working in fundraising, communications and event management for Oxford University, Tearfund, the Church Mission Society and now World Vision UK. Having seen poverty and injustice in many of the countries she has visited, Mary is passionate about enabling others to help make a difference. Mary relishes the opportunity to meet new people, to understand them in a unique way and to find bespoke ways to help them engage with World Vision's work in the most appropriate way. Mary says: “It's amazing to see our supporter's faces when they truly understand the difference they have made to the future of a whole community of children – nothing beats it!”
Jonathan Moulding, Senior Key Relationships Executive
Following many years of overseas development work, Jonathan joined World Vision UK in 2011. Of his role, Jonathan says: “I feel privileged to work with World Vision to help make real change possible for the world’s poorest children. I immensely enjoy working with our key supporters who are such caring and concerned philanthropists. They make so much possible through their partnering with our charity. I count it an honour to travel with them in their journey of engagement with World Vision’s work.”
Tamsin Morris, Key Relationships Executive
Tamsin joined World Vision UK in 2012 after ten years in philanthropy and communications, mainly in microfinance. The best part of her job is matching people's giving interests with specific projects. Thanking them and showing the impact they can make to the world's poorest children is very exciting. Tamsin is a Durham graduate with a Masters in International Development and Emergencies. She has hosted visits to projects in Malawi, Ghana and Ethiopia and carried out research in Madagascar and East Malaysia.
Oli Nicholls, Senior Key Relationships Executive
Oli has worked in the charity and public sectors for over ten years, developing specialisms in funding, communications, community empowerment and policy development. Oli joined World Vision UK in 2011 and is deeply committed to connecting World Vision’s key supporters to people and communities in the developing world. He has a real passion for justice and loves engaging others in transforming the lives of the world’s poorest children.