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Private philanthropy


“The VSO approach is the only one that works, working with the system and being part of the process of change, you see that you are making a difference”

Sue Howes, volunteered with VSO in Uganda in the late 1960s and continues to support our work there.

Donors to the Million Hours Fund are helping to mobilise national volunteers to address key issues in their communities such as preventing the spread of HIV, improving poor sanitation provision and increasing access to work.

Philanthropists are also supporting a youth livelihoods project in post-conflict Northern Uganda. We are working in the fragile districts of Gulu and Lira to equip more than 600 young people with the skills they need to achieve gainful employment and live independent constructive lives in their communities. 

Bringing philanthropy to life

Whether it is helping people in particular countries in which we work, or whether you wish to target support in programme of our education, health and livelihoods work, we take time to understand your needs.

For supporters who want to be more deeply involved with our work, we offer:

  • project visits
  • meetings with our leadership team and programme staff
  • regular reports from the field
  • the chance to meet with other supporters
  • regular feedback about the impact of your generosity has had in practical terms.

"Supporting the Million Hours Fund along with other philanthropists has increased the impact I’ve been able to make to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. The Million Hours Fund experience allows donors to get really close to projects in education, health and improving livelihoods in Africa and Asia."

John Bason, Finance Director of ABF, Hon. Treasurer of VSO, and founding member of the Million Hours Fund