Stephen has 30 years of fundraising experience and is a trustee of the Institute of Fundraising. Since retiring he has spoken at conferences, taught fundraising and consulted with charities throughout the world. Stephen has recently been made a visiting professor of direct response fundraising at Plymouth University.
VSO volunteers work at the heart of communities in Africa and Asia to develop health and education resources, build employment opportunities, and get local people’s views heard. The charity works with local partners to understand the needs and challenges of communities and then focuses expertise where it can be most effective.
Stephen has been involved with VSO for more than 40 years, since volunteering in Papua New Guinea.
He said: “After finishing university, I ran a mission station in the mountains of Eastern Papua in the early 70s. The experience completely changed my life, in terms of beliefs and politics. I have supported VSO ever since – it has been a large part of my life. I hope that my years in fundraising will contribute to the development of VSO’s fundraising model.”
Marg Mayne, VSO’s CEO said: “Stephen Pidgeon brings with him a wealth of global experience in fundraising and business that will be a considerable asset to VSO. His knowledge will help the international board to continue to make effective decisions about our fundraising strategy, helping us to fund our volunteering work overseas and further our strategic aims.”
VSO works in more than 30 of the world’s poorest countries including Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Rwanda. Last year it reached more than nine million people. VSO helped more than two million children, including 20,000 disabled children, to get the education they deserve. VSO volunteers trained more than 12,000 health professionals, and reached more than three million people by providing HIV and AIDS support.
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VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas – is an international development organisation that brings people together to share skills and knowledge. VSO volunteers work in whichever fields are necessary to tackle poverty – from education and health through to helping people learn the skills to make a living. They invest in local people so that the impact they make endures long after their placement ends. VSO recruits skilled and unskilled volunteers from countries in the global north and global south, as well as supporting the growth of volunteering within developing countries.www.vso.org.uk