The Simson Foundation Catalysts of Change
Information Pack 2012
Contents About Us What we stand for Engagement, Governance & Transparency TSF in the community TSF in education Where we work Humanitarian Development Environmental Remediation Well Water Programme Healthy Education Programme Future Forests Programme Sustainable Fisheries Programme Disaster Recovery Programme Species Stabilisation Programme Donating to us Fundraising Events Pan Americaâ€™s Cycling Tour 5M Challenge! Sponsorship TSF Media Volunteering Programmes Supporter Club Corporate Advocates Our Partners Weâ€™re recruiting! Contact Us
Who is The Simson Foundation? Thank you for taking just a little time to find out about The Simson Foundation (TSF) and the work that we do; both in the United Kingdom where weâ€™re based and internationally where we operate. First and foremost, we are a not for profit foundation. That means that all monies donated to us are used to develop the programmes we work on! Secondly, we are an ethical foundation that firmly believes in Community, Sustainability, Fair Trade and Corporate Social Responsibility. So what do we actually do? The main purpose of TSF is to work with national and international charities and NGOs. We assist them with existing operations that they are struggling to complete. Whether these operations require Professional Expertise, Provision of Equipment or Management Services, TSF is ready and able to develop a truly bespoke solution for those that are most in need. We specialise in Humanitarian and Environmental work, with a leading principle behind all our operations that every human has a right to the basic facilities of life. Humanity has developed so much in the last 500 years; unfortunately of course, this development has not been evenly spread internationally. Whilst the Global North has achieved huge success and been able to provide for its inhabitants, those in the Global South have faced a constant battle for survival. Consider where the world would have been if everyone had access to the essential building blocks of civilization. Of course, we also need to look not just at the past but also into all of our futures. Environmentally, the planet is developing now at such a rate that we need to ensure that the world in which our children, their children and all future generations live is one that is not only capable of sustaining life but allows it to flourish. Â
What does TSF stand for? When TSF was first set up, it was agreed that there needed to be in place a code of practice, a set of guidelines that truly represented how TSF would operate. Thus, we put together the TSF Charter. •
We pride ourselves on our commitment to sustainable lifestyles and operations.
We act in a manner that promotes social responsibility in our clients, customers and suppliers.
We are always ready to take ownership of a problem.
We are never afraid to stand up and be counted for what is right.
We are engaging of all stakeholders, ensuring that those without a voice can be heard.
We strongly focus upon going the extra mile to achieve delivery in a world dominated by cutting services to cut costs.
We will assess each request for assistance with transparency and strictly upon its individual merits.
We recognise that in this political world, politics are best left to politicians, because it doesn’t matter how much you talk about doing something - it’s the doing that really matters.
We recognise the importance of a level playing field and will not tolerate discrimination in any shape or form.
We are above all else independent at all times and unbiased in our actions.
We ensure that a minimum of 70% of funding raised is driven directly into the projects themselves.
We operate in an infrastructure light way to maximise our overall efficiency.
We are committed to developing best practice solutions that are fluid in structure adapting to an ever-changing business environment.
We add value to our donor’s gifts, ensuring that funding is directed into tangible solutions that resolve issues as apposed to covering them.
Engagement, Governance & Transparency Our three key policies are Engagement, Governance & Transparency and each of these are extremely important to us. Itâ€™s through the implementation of these actions that our brand identity allows the building of strong relationships that are formed on a foundation of trust, respect belief. All stakeholders, whether they be Clients, Donors, Partners or the General Public play an extremely important part in the overall success of our operations, so maintaining the highest levels of accountability are of paramount importance! We strive to understand the perspectives of our stakeholders, big and small and itâ€™s this engagement that guarantees the success of our operations. We capitalise upon the relationships already developed by our NGO / Charity partners, working with them to ask the difficult questions and sometimes this means that we must make some difficult decisions too, ultimately benefiting communities we serve. We insist that all of our operations with partners are managed through modern project management principles, primarily using the Prince2 methodology, which ensures that as a cohesive approach to of our work is adhered to and that all stakeholders know the key steps to achieving our end goals. All of our processes are mapped and continually analysed to assess that they are consistent and that our work is stage-gated allowing us to focus our attentions on moving forward as apposed to covering old ground. It is this stage-gated approach that controls the financial aspects of our work too ensuring that the valuable funding we receive is administrated effectively and that our actual spend matches more closely our projected budgets. Ultimately engagement and governance are only as good as the transparency that accompanies them. TSF is committed to being continually driving transparency to the forefront of all of our operations. Key to the success of this is our annual transparency report, which provides an honest and open window into TSF both at home and internationally.
TSF in the community We are, as a species, social creatures, we want to be together, to congregate and form friendships and whilst 30 years ago major geographically constraints existed, today the world is a much smaller place. We can have a face-to-face conversation with someone on the other side of the planet without actually leaving our chair and with the introduction of social networks communities are more able than ever connect and share. Community is at the heart of TSF’s operations, so whether it’s the local communities in which we live or on the other hand the remote and isolated international communities that we serve, TSF wants to play its part in their development, ultimately bringing communities closer together. Sadly, there still exists a great disparity between the communities that have and the communities that have not. Major issues including; water poverty, lack of social infrastructure, environmental problems and food instability all hamper the development of communities as a whole. It’s for this very reason that TSF has pledged £12m over the course of the next 5 years to ensure that the communities we work with thrive, becoming more self-sustainable and less reliant upon outside assistance. One of the fundamental challenges that we face on a daily basis is meeting the ever increasing demand for assistance, however our community engagement coordinators work with clubs, groups and communities themselves to develop strategies to help meet this need. We find that the greatest resource we have is not funding sitting in a bank account, but people, people who care enough to stand up and be Catalysts of Change. Thankfully companies have started to realise the importance of development within the community and corporate responsibility to the communities not just on their doorstep but also those that in other countries that may also affect their business in some way. TSF applauds the impact or corporate social responsibility and will wherever possible work with companies to identify opportunities for them to get involved with our work not just financially but also where deemed beneficial with a more hands on approach. Can you call yourself a Catalyst of Change?
TSF in education Â We believe that education holds the key to the survival of humanity;
itâ€™s as simple as that. TSF is committed to developing and expanding the capabilities of educators, indirectly assisting them in the successful education that they deliver to students throughout the world. We already know that one of the major contributors to poverty is the apparent skill leaching of capable students from the developing world and whilst it is argued that in order to develop their countries of origin, they must leave to learn the necessary skills, many students never return or only do so after many years. Our primary focus within education is the development of an education infrastructure that ensures everyone has uniform access to a standardised quality of education. This we feel is a basic building block of development from poverty and as such is extremely high on our agenda. Our secondary education focus is within the developed world. Unless we educate our students to understand the complexity of international development, those communities striving to equalise the quality of life will struggle alone and as we have already seen the chasm between impoverished communities in the developing world and more affluent communities in the developed world only widens. Thankfully this trend is beginning to slow and with the introduction of subjects such as citizenship, todayâ€™s students are far better educated to the challenges faced by their counterparts in the developing world. Indeed never before in our societies existence has there been greater understanding by students of this topic! TSF works with educators to provide real life materials that inform and assist students the learning experience. In addition we are able to facilitate the building of relationships between schools, very much like the town twinning exercises adopted to foster better business relationships, school twinning helps to share experiences and allows students to put a face to what sometimes can seem anonymous issue. We also encourage teachers and students (of all ages) to get involved with our work as well, its recognised that sometimes the educated view of a teacher or the simplistic view of a student can often solve problems quite easily. So seriously do we take this that we have put in place student and educator supporter clubs, which provide a permanent channel for involvement and communication.
Where we work As an organisation TSF strives to be a true catalyst of change. To
achieve this, we have to look not only at the issues we wish to address but also the contributing factors that may assist or impede our operations. We can all appreciate there are a great many people out there who desperately need our assistance, but our assessment process also has to take into account the actual impact of our assistance. This means unfortunately that some countries are currently beyond our scope of capabilities. Over the course of the last 30 years, significant amounts of aid funding have been invested in solutions that have had very little impact upon the problems addressed. We instead focus upon nations that are close to achieving their goals and where our donors’ funding can make a real and tangible difference. The work undertaken by TSF is designed to address a given problem in full. For this reason, TSF does not work in conflict zones or environments that we feel will be detrimental to the success of our operations. Equally, we will not operate in areas known to harbor terrorists. We’re not cowards, but we can’t help people if we get kidnapped! Ghana is the perfect test-bed for this vision of successful development, with its predominantly English-speaking people; it’s achieved political stability and affords an opportunity that our experts think will be emulated by other African nations. Ghana is small enough to operate in effectively, but large enough to provide a variety of experiences to model future development elsewhere. Key to this success is the Ghanaian government’s acceptance of assistance and their willingness to provide the right environment to empower organisations like ours to achieve our goals. Another question that is regularly asked is “If Ghana is so advanced, why haven’t they resolved the issues you are working on already?” Well, it’s quite frankly a matter of playing catch-up and whilst Ghana is doing all it can, issues such as low international investment, skills leaching and poor infrastructure have significantly delayed its development. This is where we come in: by working on the provision of infrastructure we will accelerate the country’s development, increasing investment opportunities and reducing skills leaching.
Humanitarian Development Â Â TSF believes that every human being has the right to an equal start in
life. TSF are committed to making this a reality, but in doing so we are very cautious to avoid trying to reinvent the wheel! At the turn of the millennium world leaders met at the United Nations (UN) and pledged to work together to achieving this goal. Indeed they set forth a number of objectives. These objectives were entitled the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the first phase of reducing world poverty by half was given a target completion date of 2015. The eight Millennium Development Goals are: 1.
Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
Achieve universal primary education
Promote gender equality and empower women
Reduce child mortality
Improve maternal health
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
Ensure environmental sustainability
Develop a global partnership for development
TSF is very eager to play its part in helping to achieve the first phase of this process and as such is already working with leading practitioners to make this happen. Our Humanitarian programmes tackle some of these key issues at the root and we are specifically working on the implementation of solutions covering; Water Poverty, Health Infrastructure, Education Infrastructure and Sustainable Food Production. Our humanitarian work will have an amazing impact upon the quality of life of men, women and children within the communities that we assist. Our programmes will bring an abundance of opportunities helping to change lives for the better. You can be a part of this, if you want to be!
Environmental Remediation Â Â Whichever way we look at it, humanity has had the most devastating
of effects upon our natural environment. We have until very recently been blissfully unaware of quite how severe the impact has been but with significant advances in natural science over the last 50 years and the awareness generated by environmental group the period of our complacence is now at an end. TSF works to remediate the impact of humanity upon the natural environment and has the long-term aim of actually reversing the process. It has to be said that many countries are already going to great lengths to improve their environments through policy changes and remediation projects; however, we are yet to get to the point where our impact upon the planet is a positive one. There are currently 18 major environmental concerns that are prevalent on a global level and whilst TSF would love to tackle them all, we recognise our limitations and have to prioritise issues that we believe we can have the greatest impact upon. Our primary focus is upon the combating of deforestation, particularly that which occurs in the rain forests habitats. Originally cover 14% of the earths land mass, rainforests have now been reduced to just 6% and all indications point to a total collapse of the rainforest eco systems within a mere 40 years. By remediating deforestation, TSF will also be assisting with the reduction of; Soil Erosion, Water Pollution, Air Pollution, Species Extinction and Habitat Destruction. Our secondary focus is upon Species Stabilisation, particularly fresh and salt-water species. Currently, overfishing means that 52% of wild fish stocks are fully exploited, 20% are moderately exploited, 17% is over exploited, 7% are depleted and just 1% is recovering from depletion. Worldwide about 90% of the stocks of large predatory fish stocks are already gone. In the real world all this comes down to two serious problems. Firstly, we are losing species and entire ecosystems. Secondly, we are in risk of losing a valuable food source many depend upon for social, economical or dietary reasons. TSF are working with leading experts to develop solutions that can be adopted not just by the large fishing fleets but also by rural fishing communities, which will result in the stabilization of wild stocks and the security of economies and food supplies. Are you ready to be part of the solution?
Well Water Programme - WWP Key research by the United Nations (UN) and World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that a lack of safe drinking water internationally impacts world health every single year with: • 1.4 million children die from diarrhoea. • 860,000 children die from malnutrition. • 500,000 die from malaria. • 280,000 die from drowning. • 5 million contracting lymphatic filariasis. • 5 million incapacitated by trachoma. Our exciting programme consists of 80 individual projects to provide
fresh, clean and safe drinking water to some of the neediest rural communities in Ghana. Working in conjunction with our NGO partner, we have developed an ambitious programme, and are working with leading practitioners from a wide range of business and academic organisations to deliver this much-needed resource. In addition to this, we are also working with leading suppliers to utilise the best equipment for the task at hand, thus ensuring we heal the problem as opposed to placing a plaster on it! Over the last year, our team on the ground in Ghana has been conducting the essential research needed to identify those neediest of communities that we are going to assist. Having completed this extensive process, we are now midway through the next stage of the programme. Securing funding for this programme is essential to ensure its successful completion and we still need to secure approximately £1.5m to make this programme a reality in all 80 communities. On the ground, our drilling & installation team works quickly, sinking the wells and erecting the wind turbines that will pump the water to the surface. In fact, within days our team can have a working solution in place! Help us to make this a reality sooner rather than later!
Healthy Education Programme - HEP Living in the developed world, something we take for granted is full
education & health systems, what happens when there are no schools or clinics? Welcome to rural Africa! Here are some sobering facts about the developing world; •
862m people cannot read or write.
Illiteracy rates amongst women exceed 70%.
115m primary school children are not enrolled in school.
More than 226m children do not attend secondary school
One billion people lack access to health care systems
Imagine how different our society would be with these peoples inclusion! TSF are committed to the implementation of a programme that will act as a solid foundation for the resolution of these problems in Ghana. Working in conjunction with our NGO partner, TSF has developed a programme that will see the construction of 12 prefabricated community buildings that will be utilised as both schools and medical centers in rural communities. Basic utilities (Power & Water) will be provided through the WWP ensuring that each centre is able to operate sustainably long into the future. As ever we are working with leading practitioners from a wide range of organisations to deliver this much needed resource and will also be ensuring that equipment is not just capable, but ideal for the task at hand! Moving forward TSF will work with these communities to develop the manufacturing processes to provide this essential infrastructure right across Ghana. Over the last few months our team in Ghana have been conducting essential research to identify the communities we are going to assist. Now that this process is complete we need to purchase and deliver equipment to Ghana in order to start operations. Once on the ground, construction happens relatively quickly as indeed is the process of utilities provision. In fact within a matter of 2 months our experienced team can have a working solution in place! Help us to make this a reality sooner rather than later!
Future Forests Programme - FFP The importance of forests to the global ecosystem and human
existence is paramount. Their biological diversity is unparalleled, tropical rainforests in particular are a natural resource, which offers a rich source of medicinal plants, high-yield foods, and a vast array of other useful products. They are an important habitat as much as 50% of the species on Earth, as well as a number of unique indigenous cultures. Tropical rainforests play a key role in regulating global weather as well as maintaining rainfall levels, while also buffering against the effects of floods, droughts, and erosion. They also store vast quantities of carbon, while producing a 20% of the world's oxygen. Despite this significant role, tropical forests are restricted to the small area between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. Since the majority of Earth's land is located north of the tropics, rainforests are naturally limited to a relatively small area. Today, more than two-thirds of the world's tropical rainforests exist as fragmented remnants. Just a few thousand years ago, tropical rainforests covered as much as 14% of the Earth's land surface, or about 6 million square miles, but today less than 6 percent of Earth's land is covered with these forests, about 2.41 million square miles. TSF are committed to remediating the damage caused upon the worlds rainforest ecosystems by humanity and key to this commitment is the implementation of the FFP. We are currently in discussions with a number of key actors in this arena, who through a massive collaborative operation. Initially beginning in Ghana but then being implemented worldwide, FFP isn’t just about planting trees, far from it. Planting trees is just one aspect of this programme, which also aims to provide; Sustainable forest industry opportunities, Species reintroduction, community education programmes and array of other support mechanisms, that ultimately will ensure the long-term survival of FFP’s work. Getting involved in the programme is extremely easy and with the opportunity to help starting at just £2 everyone can make a difference in what must surely be one of the planets greatest challenges. What could you do without that costs just £2?
Sustainable Fisheries Programme - SFP The world’s oceans, lakes and rivers supply us with food, help regulate
our climate, and supply a livelihood for millions of people. Just as important, we depend on the oceans, lakes and rivers for recreation and renewal. But they are not the limitless bounty they appear to be. No part of the oceans, lakes and rivers remains unaffected by human activities. And among the many factors influencing our ecosystems, few have as significant an impact as commercial fishing. We have been fishing the oceans, lakes and rivers for thousands of years. But over the past fifty years, technology has allowed us to fish farther, deeper and more efficiently than ever before. Experts from both industry and academia estimate that we have removed as much as 90% of the large predatory fish such as shark, swordfish and cod from the world's oceans. The Pew Oceans Commission warned that the world's oceans are in a state of "silent collapse," threatening our food supply, marine economies, recreation and the natural legacy we leave our children. TSF has a deepening level of concern in this area; so much so in fact that we are in the process of developing the Sustainable Fisheries Programme to help tackle the problem. We are working with 2 communities on Lake Volta and 2 communities on the Ghanaian coast to develop their fishing practices away from trawling with nets and indiscriminately harvesting everything they come into contact with. Instead we will develop these communities into major aquaculture operations that have a number of predefined goals as set out below; •
Harvesting 50% more fish that previously recorded.
Releasing an equal quantity of fish back into the ecosystem.
Developing trade agreements with other communities.
Replicating this programme into non-affiliated communities.
Reducing the reliance upon child workers
This programme won’t change the situation overnight, however it is designed to offer a solid foundation for Ghanaian fishing communities to lead the way in the development of sustainable fishing practices in Africa.
Disaster Recovery Programme - DRP Banda Aceh, New Orleans, Mexico, Haiti, Bangladesh, and more recently Japan have all been in the forefront of the news in relation to major natural disasters. When natural disasters strike they are indiscriminate, they don't care how prepared you are, or how rich you are or even that it's a public holiday. The Haitian earthquake really demonstrated the true devastation that can result from the fury of nature. And whilst the developed world were relatively quick to spring into action, the ensuing chaos caused by the lack of infrastructure, disregard for needs based delivery and ineffectual implementation due to lack of ground based knowledge resulted in a significant failing of disaster management. TSF is working with leading academics and professionals in our DRP Think-Tank to develop a long-term solution in the field of disaster management and recovery delivery. Our aim is to put in place a solution that facilitates the influx of disaster management specialists and aid workers which in turn very quickly reintroduces key infrastructure that supports all stakeholders. Key to the success of this programme is the development of a localised but mobile disaster management control centre, which houses technology capable of providing advanced communications and monitoring infrastructure together with the medical and care facilities of a modern hospital, logistics hub and security base. Provision of these services are through a GDP registration and subscription by national governments and with investment from the international community we believe better services can be offered at a reduced cost to tax payers internationally. We have the technology to make this theoretical solution a reality and are working hard to engage with all primary, secondary and tertiary actors to coordinate the implementation of this programme in good time. There is still however significant work to be completed to accomplish our aims. Â
Species Stabilisation Programme One of the key factors that makes our planet so unique is the diversity of life that inhabits it and as yet we are still to find any proof of live anywhere else in the known universe. Despite this fact however it is estimated that approximately 50,000 species of life become extinct every year many of which before they are even discovered. To put this in context that's 1 species every 10 minutes! We as a species ourselves are not immune to this fate. We face significant risk through our lack of sustainable lifestyles if we do not change the manner in which we cohabit the planet. Issues such as; power generation, transportation, waste management construction and food production are all key factors not in our survival but our children and grand children's survival. Fortunately, the knowledge and technology does now exist to begin to make a significant impact in fast tracking the evolution of humanities existence. We have already seen the beginning of this type of solution with the development of cities such as Masdar in the Middle East, but we aim to take this solution a step further with our solutions taking ownership of all issues pertaining to sustainability and environmental security for a significant radius around each city. Additionally we will also look at the development of intercity mass transit systems with parallel areas of responsibility. We have the capabilities to be a sustainable species; we just need to have the commitment to make it happen! We need to look at green methods of construction and the harnessing of technology to ensure we minimise our impact upon the planet and begin the massive process of its total remediation. TSF is working with leading practitioners in multiple fields to make this a reality for all our children's sakes. Â
Donating to us TSF is constantly seeking donors who really want to make a difference. TSF does not charge users for its services in any way, shape or form. We depend on the generous donations of individuals, foundations, and corporations in order to fulfill our annual commitments to developing communities that without our help would fail to resolve some really basic problems. Since its establishment in 2009, TSF has acted as a bridge between the developed world and the developing world, providing a much needed portal for the provision of funding, skills, products, services and volunteers. TSF operations are overseen by industry leading professional and academics and are available to a worldwide audience. TSF occupies a unique niche in the fields of humanitarian development and Environmental Remediation. Donating to TSF, a programme or project offers a visibly effective way to align your organisations definitive actions in corporate social responsibility and to build credibility. TSF is a registered non-profit organisation, so donor contributions may be made safe in the knowledge that all monies will go exactly where it’s needed most. Benefits of donation can include; •
Personalised A3 TSF Poster.
Feature in ‘Catalysts of Change’ magazine.
Access to our transparency report.
Invitations to special TSF events.
Professional Press Release.
Corporate and private donors are essential in helping TSF accomplish its mission, and it’s through the generosity of businesses ranging from family-owned local enterprises to some of the world’s largest corporations, we can continue to work in communities and environments that actually stand a chance of succeeding. We need your help to make this happen!
Fundraising Events TSF is so very fortunate to have a number of really committed advocates that want to support our causes. Not content with simply writing us a cheque, they strive to spread the word about our work and draw in additional funding by completing sometimes very challenging events that motivates others. Whilst this level of commitment goes far beyond our normal expectations and of course is greatly appreciated, there are sometimes significant cost implications to setting the wheels in motion and making these events a reality. Ever aware of the need to ensure that as much funding as possible is driven into our work on the ground, TSF’s events are now planned and managed by Catalyst Global Events LLP (CGE). We took the view that this was far more cost effective than employing a 3rd party to manage the events on our behalf and instead have opted to draw in talented individuals to organise on our behalf. CGE is a division of TSF providing professional fundraising event management services to us. In addition CGE also works on a commercial basis with non-TSF affiliated organisations and manages their events as well, however in doing so 25% of the profits generated are donated back into TSF’s programmes fund. All of CGE and in turn TSF’s fundraising events are funded by corporate sponsorship and with an ever increasing portfolio of companies getting involved, these events just get bigger by the day. This also ensures that 100% of public sponsorship is driven directly into the programmes. If your looking to undertake a fundraising event on behalf of TSF or another non-profit organisation TSF would be happy to manage this event on your behalf and in doing so allow you to focus upon the task of raising what undoubtedly will be some much need funds! Professional management, whatever the event!
Brendan Randall and his team of riders, will take on the PACT13 challenge on behalf of TSF. The Pan America's Cycling Tour is a 31,383km cycling tour beginning in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in June 2013 and winding its way through Canada, America, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile, before finally end up in Ushuaia, Argentina. Beginning 482km inside the arctic circle is a challenge in itself with near freezing conditions the team will see some of the America’s most challenging environments. And when their not being chased from their tents by polar bears, they’ll be facing some of the busiest traffic conditions in the world. Accompanying the team will be cyclists from various cycling clubs throughout the Americas, some will just ride for a day, others are opting to join the tour for multiple days and each will pay a small daily fee which supplements the fundraising capabilities of the event! In addition to the cyclists are a full support team that will accompany the tour along the way and provide the vital assistance that will keep the tour on schedule. Outriders will travel with the cyclists ensuring their safety and providing immediate mechanical and first aid support. The events team will constantly leap frog the tour ensuring that the tour camp is in place and able to provide the essential respite for these committed athletes. Opportunities still exist for companies to become involved in our corporate sponsorship programme and with an extensive media campaign planned there couldn’t be a better time to get involved!
5M Challenge! Starting in Late April and ending in October 2012, Dave Corp will be taking on a Five Marathon Challenge (5M) on behalf of TSF. Dave is taking on this challenge because it fits in with he set out to do a year ago, and that's to support the next generation, both in the UK and abroad. It's something he’s passionate about. Dave’s run the London Marathon and Snowdon Marathon previously and now he’s raising the bar. He wants to make a difference by helping to provide the basics; food, clean water, safety etc, in order that the next generation can achieve their full potential. He would really appreciate your support, so please, don't forget to click on the "Support Dave" button" on the TSF website. If you would like to join Dave on one or all of the stages of 5M and / or to help raise funds for TSF's projects, please email us via the contact us section. Dave’s doing it, what are you doing? 29th April Manchester Marathon
23rd June Trail Marathon Wales
8th July Over the Edge Marathon
22nd September Great Langdale Marathon
27th October Snowdonia Marathon
Sponsorship Raising the profile of the oftenunsung work we do is key to generating the vital financial support our programmes need worldwide. TSF looks to the corporate sector to act as sponsors for major fundraising events and significant capital equipment purchases. We work with our corporate partners to ensure their sense of corporate social responsibility is visualised by their customers, communities and clients. We work hand in hand with our sponsors to maximize the positive impact of their involvement in our activities and are often able to present opportunities that otherwise would not be available to them. We also work with our sponsors to develop the packages that fit in with their budgets. Invariably this may range from as little as a £1 right the way up to programme sponsorship covering of £3m+. This means that there a sponsorship package out there to fit just about any person or organization and even if you’ve not been involved in sponsorship previously our sponsorship team will guide you through each step of this relatively simple process. Opportunities exist within current and future TSF events and Programmes, including; •
Well Water Programme
Healthy Education Programme
Future Forests Programme
Sustainable Fisheries Programme
Disaster Recovery Programme
Species Stabilisation Programme
For further details about how you can get involved please contact our sponsorship team via the email address in the contact us section.
TSF Media Spreading the word about TSF’s work is such an extremely important task in today’s challenging financial environment, especially with such a vast array of charities and non-profits all reaching out, TSF needs to maintain a strong media presence. We are keen to ensure that we use a diverse and varied selection of mediums to send that message, so it is vitally important that the platforms we use offer the public the best quality for experiencing our message. We always focus upon quality over quantity and for that reason we have selected the top 3 platforms to ensure that our message is viewed in the best possible light.
You Tube is our key channel for the hosting of videos about the work we do and the campaigns we’re passionate about. For all those budding film makers out there please feel free to get in contact with your thoughts and your video may well appear on our website
Blogger is where we make all our social network updates and press releases. As such it makes an excellent platform to look back at how TSF has developed.
Issuu is our key channel for all publications that we produce specifically for people interested in our work. It’s where you’ll find Catalysts of Change our in house e-magazine and where our new publications will be published along side our back issues.
Volunteer Programmes Wherever in the world we operate, people are eager to volunteer to help. Volunteers represent one of our greatest assets: people who will not stand by and watch but actually get involved, making helping others their business. But the provision of volunteers to international aid projects has now attracted the attention of big business, with a large number of companies providing services at a cost that obviously Â Â includes their profit margins. We find this practice completely unacceptable. Whilst it is obvious that a significant amount of support is often provided in this manner, we feel that this should not be the responsibility of a third-party. Nor should our volunteers pay a middleman whose primary responsibility is ensuring he makes a profit on the transaction. TSF has with the help of its NGO & Charity partners developed a volunteer programme designed to ensure that we help you to make a lasting difference, and that your contribution goes where it is most needed. The first decision you need to make is where exactly you wish to volunteer. While our operations are global, you may feel that you are only able to volunteer locally. Our network of international volunteer coordinators are highly experienced in managing this process and are able to advise on the types of assistance that are needed at a given point in time, so - regardless of whether you have a few hours, a few weeks or a few months - we can usually facilitate your request. The experience of a volunteering holiday can be one of the most rewarding of your life. We aim to ensure that it's an unforgettable time for all the right reasons, with activities that are designed to immerse you in the culture of the location you are volunteering in. The process for volunteering with us is very easy indeed. Simply send us a brief resume with a covering e-mail, and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to contact you and discuss the options available. There is always capacity for more volunteers but we must give priority to applicants who fulfill the current volunteering needs of the programmes we work on, or the supplemental activities of our partner organisations. Â
Supporter Club We at TSF are so very lucky to have a large number of people who support us through the key social networking sites. However, some people want to get more involved, have a deeper understanding of how we operate and also what we actually do. It’s for this very reason that we set up TSF Supporters Club! We recognise that our supporters come from very different backgrounds and in turn have different points of interests. In order to meet their expectations our supporter club has been developed into 4 distinct groups; Student, Educator, Personal and Business. We actively encourage our supporters to enter into meaningful dialogue with us thus ensuring that we are constantly kept abreast of what’s important to them. Whilst we appreciate our social network supporters, we do grant an increased level of visibility to our supporter’s club members and as such a higher degree of insight. Of course with this comes greater opportunities, for example Student members have access to our internship programmes, Educator members may be invited to assist us develop our education programmes, Personal members sometimes become involved in our volunteering or fundraising programmes and Business members will be the first to hear about our corporate events.
Transitioning from one of the social networks below couldn’t be easier; in fact our online engagement team will make the process as smooth as clockwork. Membership also includes exclusive offers and updates that simply aren’t available to the general public. To become a supporter, simply email your details to the email in the contact us section and we’ll contact you as a priority!
TSF’s Partners Each year TSF receives literally hundreds of requests for assistance
and our current capabilities are far outweighed by these needs. This ultimately means that we have to be very selective about the charity and NGO partners we work with. Twice each year (in May and November) TSF’s board meet to assess the applications that we receive. Each application is assessed entirely upon its individual merits and we follow a transparent and rigorous selection process to identify organisations that we will work with. We look for organisations that not only offer major benefits to the communities they serve but also projects that we feel offer significant opportunity for success thus adding more value to the funding we receive. Each organisation we partner with is subjected to a thorough due diligence assessment and once vetted they are engaged in a significant research project to ensure we have all the information to develop a robust solution to the problem they are working to resolve. Once completed we move into an implementation phase where both the partner and our own roles are identified and agreed from the outset. This typically means utilising our funding and management skill sets and their local knowledge and relationships. They are very much involved in the operations and become key actors usually coordinating local volunteers and helping so smooth the way for each component of the projects smooth implementation. Once the project is completed the partner then takes on the role of custodian and is solely responsible for the monitoring of the project site long term. To ensure the success of this new role we ensure that a representative of the partner organisation is fully trained in all the skills they need to ensure the continued success of our work. TSF never simply throws money at an NGO in the hope that the issue they are dealing with will be resolved; we will however spend the fund the solution through our own management which allows us to do what we are good at and the local partner to do what they are good at! To nominate your organisation email a proposal to the address in the contact us section.
Head office: +44 (0) 843 289 0525
The Simson Foundation 29/6 The Waterfront, Sportcity, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, M11 4AY. In order to more quickly deal with enquiries we ask that in the first instance you should write to us using the appropriate email address from the list below. General Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org Donation Enquiries – email@example.com Volunteer Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsorship Enquiries – email@example.com Supporter Enquiries – firstname.lastname@example.org Employment Enquiries – email@example.com Nominate a Cause – firstname.lastname@example.org Marketing Team - email@example.com
For ease of communication the entire TSF team utilise Skype for both voice and video communications. If you would like to talk to one of the TSF team live, please drop us a quick email with your Skype address and a brief description of the nature of your call and we will be only too pleased to add you to our address book and give you a call back.