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Financial Times announces 2012/13 seasonal appeal partnership with the Global Fund for Children

LONDON: 17 October 2012: The Financial Times has chosen The Global Fund for Children (GFC), a charity which aims to transform the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, for their 2012-2013 seasonal appeal.

The annual appeal, which runs from November to mid-January, includes FT coverage of GFC in print and online, in order to raise money and increase awareness of their work. Charities are selected by staff vote and FT appeals have raised over £9 million in the past five years for Sightsavers, Action Against Hunger, Wateraid, Camfed and Room to Read. Articles will appear in the newspaper and online at http://www.ft.com/appeal

The FT and GFC appeal will be launched on 15 November at an exclusive photography auction held in the Swan Restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe, with all money raised going to the Global Fund for Children. Photographs for auction will be on display to the public at the Financial Times headquarters in London from 13 November.

Included in this year’s exhibition and auction are photographs by Cecil Beaton, Tom Stoddart, Jane Bown and many more. A signed and limited edition of Chris Smith’s ‘Ali versus the Beatles 1964’, as well as a photograph of GFC work taken by FT photographer Charlie Bibby, will be included.

Parties interested in attending the auction, or placing a bid for any of the photographs before the live auction, should go to www.ft.com/appeal from 1 November 2012. Select works are presented below.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: “The FT is delighted to be working with The Global Fund for Children. In the current economic climate, it is particularly important to support international grassroots organisations like those GFC works with. We look forward to visiting the countries in which they operate and meeting some of the people they have supported, bringing their work and cause to life for the FT readers through extensive editorial coverage. The strength of our seasonal appeals is testament to the generosity of our readers and the great causes of the charity organisations we have worked with.”

Kristin Lindsey, CEO of The Global Fund for Children, said: “The Global Fund for Children is honoured and excited to be selected by the Financial Times staff for this year’s Seasonal Appeal. This opportunity enables GFC to bring life-changing programmes and support to millions of children in more than 60 countries. With the help of the Financial Times, its readers, and our corporate sponsors, children born into the most challenging circumstances can be safe from conflict and trafficking. They will have access to education and support to reach their potential. We look forward to shedding light on their incredible stories of triumph and the grassroots organisations that are our partners around the globe.”

Earlier this year, the FT also launched ‘Summer Spotlight’, which profiles the work of two relatively young, small charities. This year’s summer spotlight charities are Railway Children and One Acre Fund. Read FT coverage of their work at www.ft.com/appeal

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For further information please contact:

Emily Gibbs
Corporate Communications Manger
T: +44 (0) 207 873 3184
E: emily.gibbs@ft.com

Ryann Gastwirth
Communications Manager
T: +1 917 551 5094
E: ryann.gastwirth@ft.com

Azmar Sukandar
Head of Communications, Asia Pacific
T: +852-2905-5519
E: azmar.sukandar@ft.com

About The Global Fund for Children:

The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in innovative grassroots organisations that operate under the radar, serving the world’s most vulnerable children: street children, trafficked children, refugees, AIDS orphans – in more than 60 countries worldwide. They support these organisations with financial resources, management training, capacity building and technical assistance to help them achieve their vision, become sustainable, and reach even more children in need.

About the Financial Times:

The Financial Times, one of the world’s leading business news organisations, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 600,000 (Deloitte assured, Q3 2012) and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people worldwide (PwC assured, May 2012). FT.com has more than 5 million registered users and over 300,000 paying digital subscribers. The newspaper has a global print circulation of 287,895 (ABCs, September 2012).

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