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Sightsavers appoints new global fundraising director

International development organisation Sightsavers has appointed Tobin Aldrich as Director of Global Fundraising.

Tobin will join Sightsavers in November 2013 from WWF-UK, where he has held the role of Executive Director of Communications and Fundraising.

Tobin will be responsible for leading Sightsavers’ fundraising strategy, both in the UK and internationally. He will lead teams in their drive to increase income that will further Sightsavers’ mission to end avoidable blindness and promote equal opportunities for disabled people in the developing world.

Sightsavers hopes Tobin will both inspire existing supporters to give more, and attract a range of new donors to contribute to its work. Tobin previously worked as Head of Direct Marketing at Sightsavers from 1998-2000.

Tobin Aldrich said: “I am looking forward to returning to Sightsavers, which has one of the most powerful and compelling cases for support in the charity sector. The organisation has ambitious goals over the next few years and I will be working to secure a significant growth in fundraising performance to achieve them.”

Prior to joining Sightsavers, Tobin worked for WWF-UK for five years leading the charity’s fundraising and communications directorate. In that time, WWF-UK saw substantial increases (54 per cent) in voluntary income and in its supporter base despite the tough economic climate.

Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers said: “Tobin is recognised as one of the leading figures in the NGO fundraising arena and I’m really pleased to welcome him to this new role at Sightsavers. Tobin undoubtedly brings deep market knowledge and analytical expertise which will be invaluable as he leads the growth of our fundraising activities across the world.”

Tobin has held a number of senior fundraising and communications roles in the charity sector, including at The National Deaf Children’s Society, Centrepoint and Concern Worldwide.

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For further press information or photographs of Tobin please contact Sarah Nelson in the Sightsavers media team on 01444 446637 or snelson@sightsavers.org.  For media enquiries out of hours, please call 07775 928253.

Notes to Editors:

  1. Sightsavers is a registered UK charity (Registered charity numbers 207544 and SC038110) that works in more than 30 developing countries to prevent blindness, restore sight and advocate for social inclusion and equal rights for people with disabilities.  www.sightsavers.org
  2. There are 39 million blind people in the world; 80% of all blindness can be prevented or cured.
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