London – 14 February, 2019 – 100 Women in Finance (“100WF”), a global, practitioner-driven non-profit organization that serves more than 15,000 professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries, announced at its annual London Gala that it successfully raised more than £500,000 in gross proceeds in support of the Mental Health Initiatives for Children and Young People of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
The 100WF London Gala was held yesterday evening at the Victoria and Albert Museum and 100WF was honoured to host HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of 100WF’s UK philanthropic initiatives who spoke at the event about the urgent need for mental health support in schools.
The London Gala was attended by nearly 300 leaders from the financial services and alternative investment industry. Dame Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics and Political Science received 100WF’s European Industry Leadership Award in recognition of her achievements and leadership in the financial services industry.
At the Gala, 100WF also honoured the more than 200 fund managers already registered in its Female Fund Manager directory with the 100WF Effecting Change Award. By honouring female fund managers globally who are effecting change, 100WF shines a spotlight on women who become visible for the next generation of women entering the industry. 100WF’s Female Fund Manager visibility initiative seeks to raise awareness of these women collectively and individually.
Lauren Malafronte, Managing Director, Prime Services Scotiabank and 100WF’s Global Board Chair, says: “100 Women in Finance is incredibly proud to support the Mentally Healthy Schools initiative of The Royal Foundation and their work in children’s mental health arena. Our members and supporters recognize the importance of this vital work and the need for accessible and reliable children’s mental health services and resources. We thank our finance industry members and partners, and in particular, Blaine and Laura Tomlinson, for their generous contributions. We are also proud to recognise the leadership of Dame Minouche Shafik as a role model in financial services and academia, and to salute global Female Fund Managers with the Effecting Change Award.”
Lorraine Heggessey, Chief Executive, The Royal Foundation, says: “The funds raised by 100 Women in Finance for The Royal Foundation’s Mentally Healthy Schools initiative will go a long way to making a great difference to the lives of children and young people across the UK. They will enable us to invest further in the practical tools that are helping teachers, parents and healthcare professionals provide the best possible mental health support to their children and pupils. We have made great strides in a short space of time since launching the initiative, but there is so much more to do to better support children’s wellbeing and ensure that young people have early intervention and access to the right support. Working with an organisation that shares our passion for supporting children and young people, and mental health, has been especially important.”
Over the past ten years, the joint patronage of first The Duke of Cambridge and then The Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, has helped 100WF to raise more than £5.6 million (gross) for philanthropic causes selected by Their Royal Highnesses. This has been achieved through the very generous support of 100WF’s members, industry supporters and individuals.
Since 2010, Blaine and Laura Tomlinson have served as 100WF’s Patronage Sponsor, very generously supporting each of the charities selected as beneficiaries of 100WF’s London Gala and other fundraising. 100WF salutes their commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people and vulnerable families in the UK.
To make a donation to 100WF’s UK beneficiary, The Royal Foundation, in support of mental health resources in schools, please contact Amanda Pullinger, Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance.
About 100 Women in Finance
100 Women in Finance Association, Inc. is a global network of professionals in the finance and alternative investment industries working together to empower women at every stage of their careers. Through peer engagement, philanthropic, and educational initiatives, our more than 15,000 members are making connections and creating opportunities that help to advance careers and strengthen our field.
Reference in this statement to 100WF and to 100 Women in Finance are to 100 Women in Finance Association, Inc.
About The Royal Foundation
The Royal Foundation is the primary philanthropic vehicle for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Through The Foundation, Their Royal Highnesses set out to tackle some of today’s biggest challenges, using their passion and unique influence to change mindsets and to make a lasting difference on issues that matter to them and to society. Programmes and campaigns that have been initiated or run by The Foundation include Heads Together, the Invictus Games, the Endeavour Fund, Coach Core and United for Wildlife.