Financial Times Seasonal Appeal Raises $1.6 Million for ACF

Partnership with FT nets vital funds for ACF’s global programs to fight deadly hunger
Photo credit: © ACF-Nepal, S. Remael

NEW YORK, NY—The Financial Times Seasonal Appeal in partnership with Action Against Hunger | ACF International raised a total of $1,639,185 for the global humanitarian organization’s life-saving programs around the world.

“We are delighted that the appeal has raised so much. With recession and rising food prices contributing to further hardship for vulnerable people, the ACF cause is urgent and timely,” said Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times. “Thank you to readers, to fund-matching donors and to others who have given so generously.”

The appeal, which ran from November 4, 2010 through mid-January 2011, was supported by matching gifts from Weight Watchers International and the John and Wendy Neu Family Foundation, who contributed $100,000 and $200,000 respectively. Donations from Financial Times readers and an online auction of special events, including lunches with top FT writers, netted $250,330; an additional $1.08 million was raised from supporting initiatives, including a gala dinner in New York and a London fine wine event.

“Thanks to this year’s Seasonal Appeal, we will be able to reach many more severely malnourished children at risk of dying and fund the kinds of innovative programs that break the cycle of hunger from one generation to the next,” said Nan Dale, Action Against Hunger’s Chief Executive Officer. “On behalf of our staff members around the world and the millions of people that benefit from our programs every year, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who contributed.”

Over the course of the appeal, Financial Times correspondents reported from Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Guatemala, and Niger, bringing to life Action Against Hunger’s innovative programs to fight deadly malnutrition and its underlying causes. The FT’s online appeal coverage also featured a blog series from ACF staff members who provided detailed accounts of their successes and challenges in combating hunger and malnutrition in six countries spanning the globe.

“Because of the generosity of FT readers, Action Against Hunger will be able to save even more young lives threatened by malnutrition and help families gain a foothold in some of the poorest and most inaccessible places on earth,” said Raymond Debbane, Chairman of Action Against Hunger’s Board of Directors. “To everyone who contributed to the appeal, thank you.”

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