WHO WE ARE

GiveOut is a new charity raising funds for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) causes worldwide.

Around the world, activists are doing vital work to promote and protect the rights of LGBTQI people. But the movement is underfunded, and it’s often not easy for individuals to provide support.

GiveOut has been established to create a new and sustainable source of funding for the global LGBTQI movement, by enabling individual donors to give through a single platform to fund LGBTQI activists and their organisations.


OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  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.

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.

Elliot Vaughn

  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 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.

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 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.

Iain Anderson

  Chris Darby  ( @chrisdarby89 ) is a specialist in digital operations, having until recently been a Venture Architect with Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures. He is skilled in human centred design, business model innovation and in the digital aspects of building a new organisation. Chris recently left BCGDV to help build an early stage venture.

Chris Darby (@chrisdarby89) is a specialist in digital operations, having until recently been a Venture Architect with Boston Consulting Group Digital Ventures. He is skilled in human centred design, business model innovation and in the digital aspects of building a new organisation. Chris recently left BCGDV to help build an early stage venture.

Chris Darby

  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. 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).

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. 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).

Wanja Muguongo

  Rachel Reese  ( @Glo_Butterflies ) is a diversity 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 promoting diversity. She is the founder of Global Butterflies, a consultancy that helps firms develop trans-inclusive work environments. Rachel is Vice Chair of the Law Society’s LGBT Lawyers Division Committee and sits on the Board of InterComms.

Rachel Reese (@Glo_Butterflies) is a diversity 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 promoting diversity. She is the founder of Global Butterflies, a consultancy that helps firms develop trans-inclusive work environments. Rachel is Vice Chair of the Law Society’s LGBT Lawyers Division Committee and sits on the Board of InterComms.

Rachel Reese

  Mike Stamp  is a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining BCG from his MBA at INSEAD, Mike worked as a consultant to the NGO sector with a particular focus on international development charities. In this capacity Mike supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation in redeveloping its strategy.

Mike Stamp is a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining BCG from his MBA at INSEAD, Mike worked as a consultant to the NGO sector with a particular focus on international development charities. In this capacity Mike supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation in redeveloping its strategy.

Mike Stamp

  Joseph Vellone  ( @jdvellone ) is a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in London, and a founder of the London Young Professional Engagement Committee for OutRight Action International. Before joining BCG. Joseph worked for the United Nations in New York and internationally in various development-focused roles. He was also part of the team raising funds from major donors in the LGBT community for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Joseph Vellone (@jdvellone) is a Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group in London, and a founder of the London Young Professional Engagement Committee for OutRight Action International. Before joining BCG. Joseph worked for the United Nations in New York and internationally in various development-focused roles. He was also part of the team raising funds from major donors in the LGBT community for President Obama’s re-election campaign.

Joseph Vellone

 
 

OUR TEAM

  Rupert Abbott  ( @RupertBAbbott ) is GiveOut’s Executive Director. He has over a decade of international human rights experience, specialising in the design and development of human rights initiatives and organisations, and in leading research and advocacy, including on LGBTQI rights.  Before joining GiveOut, he co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart and headed the Institutional Development Programme at the Human Rights House Foundation, supporting the establishment of new ‘Human Rights Houses’ in Eastern Europe. He was Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme and the organisation’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He previously served with the United Nations as the Acting Head of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s legal defence section, and was the Director of Programmes and Organisational Development at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.  Rupert is a Trustee of the LGBT Switchboard Brighton, a member of the Law Society’s International Action Team and serves on the Advisory Board of the Future Forum think tank in Southeast Asia. He trained and qualified as a lawyer at the global firm Baker & McKenzie and was awarded a high commendation by the Law Society for his pro bono human rights work. He studied law at the University of Sussex and holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Rupert Abbott (@RupertBAbbott) is GiveOut’s Executive Director. He has over a decade of international human rights experience, specialising in the design and development of human rights initiatives and organisations, and in leading research and advocacy, including on LGBTQI rights.

Before joining GiveOut, he co-founded the human rights experts’ hub RightsStart and headed the Institutional Development Programme at the Human Rights House Foundation, supporting the establishment of new ‘Human Rights Houses’ in Eastern Europe. He was Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific Programme and the organisation’s Research Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. He previously served with the United Nations as the Acting Head of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s legal defence section, and was the Director of Programmes and Organisational Development at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.

Rupert is a Trustee of the LGBT Switchboard Brighton, a member of the Law Society’s International Action Team and serves on the Advisory Board of the Future Forum think tank in Southeast Asia. He trained and qualified as a lawyer at the global firm Baker & McKenzie and was awarded a high commendation by the Law Society for his pro bono human rights work. He studied law at the University of Sussex and holds a BA and MA in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Rupert Abbott

Executive Director

  Callum Jackson  ( @cjjackson93 ) Callum Jackson is a recent graduate from Oxford University. He has a Master's degree in Middle Eastern politics and works across external communications, grantmaking and governance.

Callum Jackson (@cjjackson93) Callum Jackson is a recent graduate from Oxford University. He has a Master's degree in Middle Eastern politics and works across external communications, grantmaking and governance.

 

Callum Jackson

Grant-making and Communications Officer