LGBTQI CHARITY GIVEOUT WELCOMES NEW TRUSTEES

(LONDON)— Three new trustees have joined the Board of GiveOut, the new UK-based charity raising funds for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) causes worldwide.

 Iain Anderson (left), Wanja Muguongo (centre) and Rachel Reese (right)

Iain Anderson (left), Wanja Muguongo (centre) and Rachel Reese (right)

The new trustees are: public policy and corporate communications expert Iain Anderson; queer African feminist and social justice activist Wanja Muguongo; and diversity, human resources and trans-inclusion specialist Rachel Reese.

"We are thrilled to welcome Iain, Wanja and Rachel onto our Board", said Elliot Vaughn, GiveOut’s founder and the Chair of its Board of Trustees.

"They are experts and leaders in their respective fields and bring to our Board the skills, perspectives, backgrounds and expertise that will help ensure that GiveOut is run effectively and responsibly."

"They each share GiveOut's ambition to create a new and sustainable source of funding for the global LGBTQI movement and are committed to ensuring that we succeed."

GiveOut's Board now includes seven trustees. The organisation is in start-up phase and those interested in finding out more can register for updates at www.give-out.org, or follow the organisation on social media (@GiveOut_Org).

To arrange interviews and for more information, please contact Callum Jackson, Strategy & Operations, GiveOut at callum@give-out.org or on +447885 705170.

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Iain Anderson (@iain_w_anderson) has over 25 years’ experience in integrated communications, global political risk and public policy. He is a co-founder and Executive Chairman at Cicero Group (www.cicero-group.com) and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy supporting many global FTSE and Fortune 500 blue chip organisations. He is the former Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and of the CIPR Public Affairs group. Iain is one of the Financial Times / OUTstanding Global 100 Executives and is a Stonewall Ambassador.

Wanja Muguongo is a queer African feminist and social justice activist. She is the founding Executive Director of UHAI - the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (www.uhai-eashri.org). Since 2009, she has led UHAI's set up as Africa's first LGBTI and sex worker rights fund, in one of the world’s most legally and politically restrictive environments. Wanja has spent her 17-year career in human rights advocacy and community development in Eastern Africa’s civil society, and in India and Pakistan. She is a Senior Fellow with the Synergos Institute (2014-2018) and a Yale World Fellow (2012). She is also Board Chair of Akili Dada, a leadership development initiative for young East African women, is on the Steering Committee of Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN, formerly IHRFG), and is a Board member of the Africa Philanthropy Network (APN) and of the East African Philanthropy Network (EAPN).

Rachel Reese (@Glo_Butterflies) is a diversity, trans-inclusion and human resources expert. She started her early career within the defence industry as an avionics software engineer, later moving into human resources. After 16 years working in legal education, Rachel left her role as Production Director at the University of Law to pursue a career in diversity. She is the founder of Global Butterflies (www.globalbutterflies.com), a consultancy that helps firms develop trans-inclusive work environments. Rachel is Vice Chair of the Law Society’s LGBT Lawyers Division Committee and works alongside organisations such as The Solicitors Regulation Authority. She is also on the Committee of InterComms and an Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors.

GiveOut (@GiveOut_Org, giveout.org) is a new UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI causes worldwide. The organisation will enable individual donors to support a broad portfolio of activist-led country, regional and international organisations through a single platform. In November 2017, The Boston Consulting Group announced its support as a founding corporate sponsor of GiveOut. GiveOut is a charity registered in the UK with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity Number 1176434).

NEW CHARITY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR LGBTQI CAUSES WORLDWIDE

(LONDON)— A new charity raising funds for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) causes worldwide has been established in the UK.

GiveOut will enable individual donors to give to a range of LGBTQI activists and organisations in a simple and engaging way.

“Around the world, activists are doing incredible work to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQI people. But the movement is underfunded, and it’s often not easy for donors to give support. Our research shows that in the UK just £150,000 (3 per cent) of around £5 million donated annually by individuals to LGBTQI causes goes to non-UK causes," said Elliot Vaughn, GiveOut’s founder and the Chair of its Board of Trustees.

“GiveOut aims to address these gaps and create a new and sustainable source of funding for the global LGBTQI movement.”

Today it is being announced that GiveOut has been registered as a charity and that Rupert Abbott has been appointed as its Executive Director.

“We are delighted to welcome Rupert as our Executive Director. He brings over a decade of experience in human rights, a unique combination of skills and expertise, and a passion for improving the lives of LGBTQI people,” said Elliot Vaughn.

“I am honoured to build and lead this new organisation and excited about the potential to bring more funds in to the LGBTQI movement,” said Rupert Abbott.

“From discrimination and harassment to torture and killings, around the world people are facing horrendous human rights abuses based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.”

“GiveOut will help donors in the UK make a difference globally, providing those defending the rights of LGBTQI people with more of the resources they need. We will be consulting widely across the movement to identify where our donors’ support is needed most.”

GiveOut is in start-up phase and those interested in finding out more can register for updates at www.give-out.org, or follow the organisation on social media (@GiveOut_Org).

To arrange interviews and for more information, please contact Callum Jackson, Strategy & Operations, GiveOut at callum@give-out.org, or +447885 705170.

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GiveOut (@GiveOut_Orgwww.give-out.org) is a new UK-based charity raising funds for LGBTQI causes worldwide. The organisation will enable individual donors to support a broad portfolio of activist-led country, regional and international organisations through a single platform. In November 2017, The Boston Consulting Group announced its support as a founding corporate sponsor of GiveOut. GiveOut is a charity registered in the UK with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Registered Charity Number 1176434).

Rupert Abbott (@RupertBAbbott) is GiveOut’s Executive Director. He has over a decade of experience working in the human rights field, designing and developing human rights initiatives and organisations and leading research and advocacy, including on the rights of LGBTQI people. A lawyer by training, he co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart and has held management roles with the Human Rights House Foundation, Amnesty International, the United Nations and the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. He is a Trustee of the LGBT Switchboard Brighton & Hove and a member of the Advisory Board of the Future Forum think tank in Southeast Asia.

Elliot Vaughn (@Elliot_Vaughn) is GiveOut’s founder and the Chair of its Board of Trustees. He is a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group in the UK.  He is a member of the Board of the international LGBTQI human rights organisation OutRight Action International, and has appeared twice on the Financial Times/OUTstanding list of leading LGBT+ executives.