Alternatives 4 Children (A4C), the Dutch industry charity that has raised more than a million euros since inception in 2011, has announced the launch of a UK chapter.
A4C raises funds for projects involved in improving the living standards of children globally, typically education, healthcare, clean water and housing.
The UK launch event is being held at Eversheds Sutherland in London on Tuesday 4 June, and is being supported by Alpha FX, Circle Partners, Citigate Dewe Rogerson, DMS, Enfusion, Obsidian Suite, Privium Fund Management and Sova Capital.
Marc de Kloe, the founder of A4C and a partner at Theta Capital Management, said: “A4C has been very successful in the Netherlands since we started in 2011 and we think the time is now right to launch in the UK.
“In the Netherlands, we have been able to involve a broad range of people from the industry, with the foundation being excellent networking events.”
Describing the charity’s approach, de Kloe added: “We want to bring our investment knowledge and skills to encourage the best use of funds. In essence, we treat our selection of projects like “start-up” fund of funds. We act as a key donor, with influence over how the money is spent and on what. In addition, we want specific reporting and transparency with a focus on certain impact criteria that we define.”
Clayton Heijman of Privium Fund Management and Stuart MacDonald of Bride Valley Partners have been confirmed as trustees of A4C UK.
A4C focuses on projects which are sustainable, feature strong local community involvement, lead to self-sufficiency for those communities, are fully transparent, and are small-scale in order to ensure maximum added value.
An annual alternative investment conference featuring, called Legends 4 Legends, was started in 2016 to help raise money for A4C. The next conference will take place on 2 October in Amsterdam.