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  • Hand in Hand sets up shop in the US

    07 Apr 2014

    Beatrice Wanjiku | Yogurt Maker | Nairobi, Kenya. Beatrice stands in front of the Diplomat Hotel/Cafe that she runs and sells her home-made yoghurt.

    Beatrice Wanjiku | Yogurt Maker | Nairobi, Kenya

    Friends of Hand In Hand International opens for business

    Hand in Hand is crossing the pond.

    Based in Boston, new fundraising office Friends of Hand in Hand International allows US-based donors to give tax-deductible donations to Hand in Hand for the very first time.

    “Whether by building new partnerships or expanding into new territories, Hand in Hand is growing, and mobilizing more funds is a must,” said Hand in Hand International CEO Josefine Lindänge. “Establishing ourselves in the US is a major step in that direction.”

    Beatrice Wanjiku, a yogurt maker from Nairobi, Kenya, pouring her yogurt into glasses

    Beatrice Wanjiku | Yogurt maker | Nairobi, Kenya

    The non-profit organization has an experienced management team, backed by a strong and accomplished board. Members include:

    Bruce Grant, Chair of Hand in Hand International. Grant founded, owns and leads a group of companies including the consultancy firm Applied Value LLC, which advises global Fortune 500 companies on turnarounds in North America, Europe and China. Earlier in his career he worked within the Kinnevik Group, holding the post of Chairman of Tele2. He has been engaged in philanthropy for the past 20 years.

    Dorothea Arndt, Co-CEO (interim) and Head of Communications and Corporate Partnerships at Hand in Hand International, has more than 15 years’ experience managing communications at six international organizations, including Shell and PwC. She was one of the first UK team members of Kelkoo, an e-commerce start-up ultimately acquired by Yahoo! for US $500 million. She left the commercial sector to lead the digital team at the British Red Cross, where she formulated the organization’s first digital strategy, before joining venture philanthropy organization ARK.

    Contact Friends of Hand in Hand International