War Child UK to benefit from new Dropbox Foundation funds

The new foundation is also providing money to three other charities in Ireland and the US

War Child UK is one of just four charities to be awardeded unrestricted funds from a new foundation set up by the cloud-sharing organisation Dropbox.

The Dropbox Foundation, which has an initial endowment of $20m (£14.3m), will provide funds to the UK-based charity and to the Irish humanitarian crisis charity Goal, the San Francisco youth charity Larkin Street Youth Services and Witness, a New York organisation that uses video and technology to help global activists document human rights abuses.

As well as receiving unrestricted grants that can be used to meet their greatest needs, each charity partner will also be given support from Dropbox volunteers with skills that match each organisation’s needs, such as financial modelling, improving data security or recruitment.

Nina Saffuri, director of fundraising and marketing at War Child UK, said: "We are honoured that the Dropbox Foundation has chosen to partner with War Child UK.

"Every day, we see the impact war has on children. It blights lives, damages childhoods and leaves lifelong scars. We are grateful for the Dropbox Foundation because partnerships such as this enable us to support more and more children and their families affected by conflict."

In a blog post on its website, Dropbox said it had been moved to set up the foundation after seeing the impact its products had when they freed up time to "focus on work that truly matters".

It added: "As Dropbox continues to grow, we want to do more, especially for organisations that are fighting for equal opportunity, basic freedoms and fundamental necessities for people around the world.

"A big part of our mission has always been helping our users achieve their missions."

Dropbox said the four partners were chosen after a global call for applications "because of their commitment, optimism and creative problem-solving. Between them they have more than a hundred years of combined experience defending human rights."

Polly Fields, head of social impact at Dropbox, told Third Sector: "Giving has always been an important part of Dropbox’s culture and, with the Dropbox Foundation, we’ve formalised our efforts and are supporting a cause that is universally important to all Dropbox employees: human rights.

"We hope to be strategic partners to our four amazing non-profits. We want to learn in depth how these partners operate and map that back to how we can be most helpful, pairing unrestricted financial support with skills-based volunteering."

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