FUNDRAISING NEWS: WHY WE GIVE - Olivia Dix, head of policy at The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund

Approximately how much do you give per year?

Around £7 million. One-third of that is for international projects - mainly but not exclusively UK-based charities working with partner organisations in the south.

Are there any particular causes or organisations you support?

In the UK our theme is the transition to adulthood and independence.

We do a lot with projects with young people between the ages of 12 and 25, refugees and asylum seekers, prisoners' families, people with mental health and learning disabilities. We do much work for communities affected by conflict, especially landmines - for instance in Afghanistan and Africa.

What drives you to work in areas of conflict?

We want to work with unpopular causes, those that find it difficult to get money, and which help the most marginalised people.

Do you consider approaches from organisations or not?

Yes, once they've looked at our criteria to see if they fit. They can do this by looking at our web site:

What is a good way to approach you?

Read our criteria, then if they want to give us a call to discuss whether they'll fit in, we're happy to answer their questions. After that they fill out an application form, which is quite long, but we do need to ensure that people really do fit.

What is the most annoying thing about being approached?

When people haven't read our criteria but are sure that they should get the money anyway.

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