100 Women in Hedge Funds choose SHINE

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6 May 2009: 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a global association of more than 10,000 professional women, has chosen SHINE to be its UK Charity of the Year for 2009.

100WiHF logoThe organisation, serving women in the alternative investment industry, provides educational, professional development and philanthropic initiatives to its members around the world. This year it has chosen to focus its philanthropic work on education.

Effie Datson, Chair of 100 Women in Hedge Funds in London, said: “It is always a difficult process to pick from many eligible beneficiaries; we believe in SHINE and are thrilled to help fund the important support SHINE gives to educational programmes. SHINE is investing in a meaningful and measurable way in the future prosperity of the UK, while bringing hope, happiness, and a sense of achievement to children that might otherwise have been left behind. The work SHINE does is vital – now more than ever.”

100 Women in Hedge Funds Annual Fundraiser

As UK Charity of the Year, SHINE will be the beneficiary of the Association’s Annual London fundraising event, which this year is to be held in the Locarno Suite at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 7 October 2009.

SHINE Patron, Sarah Brown, said: “I am very proud to be a Patron of SHINE. It is not just another educational charity – it funds only those programmes which have a real and measurable impact on improving the educational attainment of those children and young people who face the greatest challenges in life… SHINE has a passion for changing children’s lives, and that is one I share. Every child really does matter. And I know in the future, hundreds of young people will look back at their time on one of SHINE’s initiatives and say ‘that was the moment when my life changed’.”

About 100 Women in Hedge Funds

100 Women in Hedge Funds serves over 10,000 alternative investment management investors and practitioners through unique educational, professional development and philanthropic initiatives. Since its first educational event in 2002, 100 Women in Hedge Funds has hosted more than 150 sessions globally, connected more than 150 senior women through Peer Advisory Councils and raised in excess of $15 million for philanthropic causes in the areas of women’s health, education and mentoring.

For more information on 100 Women in Hedge Funds and its work, click here.

To find out more about the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Annual London fundraising event on 7 October 2009, please contact londonfundraiser@100womeninhedgefunds.org.