FUNDRAISING NEWS: Why We Give - Maureen Marlowe, director of the Reuters Foundation

Approximately how much do you give per year?

The Reuters Foundation spent £4.2 million on educational and humanitarian projects in 2001. The Foundation is not primarily grant-giving, but supports development and communications in poorer countries through technological support and volunteering by Reuters journalists.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

AIDfund is a £230,000 rapid response fund, which provides seed funding to aid organisations at the scene of large-scale natural disasters. We also support 180 international relief agencies in 35 countries through AlertNet, our global news and logistics service set up in 1997 (www.alertnet.org)

How does this help international relief charities?

We facilitate better co-ordination of relief work through sharing the latest information and putting it all in one place. Four designated site journalists sift information relevant to NGOs from the live newsfeed provided by 23,000 Reuters journalists around the globe. They also originate copy, as does the NGO membership.

How does AIDfund work?

Once we've heard about a disaster, we send out an email to our Alertnet members working in that region asking them if there is a project they want us to fund. We've given people sums ranging from £1,000 to £30,000 depending on the size of the projects.

The money is used for things such as pumps, tents and food packages.

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