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Crichton swaps funds for philanthropy

Elaine CrichtonInspiring Scotland has appointed former Kames fund manager, Elaine Crichton, to lead its programme which matches skills from Scotland’s business community with its charities.

The programme forms part of Inspiring Scotland’s venture philanthropy model which includes significant financial investment, performance advisory support and access to additional skills from the world of business.

Speaking about the appointment, Celia Tennant, Inspiring Scotland’s chief executive, said: “Our charities tell us that the non-financial support we offer can be equal if not more valuable than the financial support.

“As we grow and support more charities, Elaine, and our pro bono volunteers will be critical in ensuring we can meet their needs and match ambitious plans with the skills to guarantee success. We are very proud of the way we harness the strengths from across sectors to help deliver social good.”

Ms Crichton said:  “I’m looking forward to working closely with Inspiring Scotland’s highly ambitions and effective charities and finding ways of helping individuals and businesses get involved – taking their support for charities to a new level.”

More than 220 people have joined Inspiring Scotland’s pro bono pool providing a broad range of skills from accountancy, human resources and legal advice through to support with marketing, photography or business development.

Other supporters have become business mentors for charity leaders or have chosen to become Trustees, by joining boards. Inspiring Scotland connected one charity with a business who were undertaking a fundraising challenge, resulting in £20,000 of funding.

Ms Crichton joined Inspiring Scotland after volunteering on the pro bono programme.  She has spent the past 18 years with Kames Capital, working in American equities.

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