Focus: Fundraising - Me and my charity

Hugo MacNeill is head of investment banking for Goldman Sachs in Ireland. He spends two days a week in London, during which he works for the company and chairs the board of relief charity Goal UK

How did you get involved with Goal UK? Goal was initially set up in Ireland a few years ago by a good friend of mine, the former sports journalist John O'Shea. I have supported the charity in Ireland on and off in the past, but it's the sister organisation Goal UK to which I am really committed.

I spend a few hours a week there as chair of the board. What we are trying to do is build the infrastructure of the charity in the UK, as Goal is already well known in Ireland.

We raise money through our summer ball and annual race - the Fun Run - in addition to getting UK government funding and grants from trusts.

There is much more momentum now that people are recognising the work Goal UK does abroad, and it's starting to pay off in terms of funding.

The charity's volunteers are very well respected. We have high-profile patrons too, including Manchester United captain Roy Keane and John McEnroe. Our honorary president is Pat Cash.

What do you do to support the charity? I dedicate my time to developing events and getting people to come along. The aim is to raise funds, but we are also 'friendraisers', as the Americans say. A lot of people from Goldman Sachs get involved - in the run we are organising in Battersea Park in September, for example.

We also want funding from wealthy individuals and companies - that's a big part of our work. We want partners that can cover the costs of our events so that all the money raised goes to the charity, or who can make donations themselves. That's a more effective way of raising money.

Do you make donations? Yes. What I also try to do is to cover expenses and administrative costs so that we can say to people that all the money goes to projects. That's a powerful message.

Do you support any other charities? I am a trustee for the Ireland Fund, a charity that runs peace and reconciliation and community development projects in Ireland and Northern Ireland. I also support Co-operation Ireland.

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