100 Women in Hedge Funds has received a very royal and proper endorsement: Britain's Prince William will become patron for the organization's charitable endeavors for three years beginning in January.
The hedge fund education, networking and philanthropic organization will focus its fundraising efforts on three of Prince William's other patronage charities in each consecutive year: Centrepoint, which focuses on homeless youth, in 2010; Child Bereavement Charity, which aids children and families suffering the loss of a loved one, in 2011; and Skill Force, a youth educational organization that features mentoring by veterans, in 2012.
“I am absolutely thrilled that 100 Women in Hedge Funds will put its considerable philanthropic efforts ... behind Centrepoint, the Child Bereavement Charity and Skill Force. Its support will change the lives of thousands of young people,” said Prince William in a joint news release from his press office in St. James Palace, London, and 100 Women in Hedge Funds' London office.
Anne Popkin, 100 Women's chairwoman, was equally excited about the relationship with Prince William, who is second in line to the British throne. “As we learned more about Prince William's patronage of education, mentoring and family health charities, it was immediately clear that he was a natural partner ... We look forward to supporting each of these great charities,” Ms. Popkin said in the release. — Christine Williamson