The Shackleton Foundation Strengthens Board

The Shackleton Foundation, the charity which supports people who exemplify the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton, has strengthened its board of trustees with the appointment of Abel Hadden it is announced today (6 March 2014).

AbelAbel Hadden is a partner at leading international communications company Bell Pottinger and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience at an important time in the development of the charity.

Commenting on the appointment Bill Shipton, The Shackleton Foundation’s chairman, said ‘I am thrilled that Abel has agreed to join us as we prepare to celebrate the centenary of perhaps Sir Ernest Shackleton’s most famous expedition to Antarctica which set off in 1914.’

Founded in 2007, by descendants of the original Nimrod expedition, the Shackleton Foundation celebrates the legacy of the great man in a 21st century context.

The Shackleton Foundation provides a unique solution to the varied problems of today’s disadvantaged youth. They do this by providing seed-funding to ambitious people who exemplify the spirit of Sir Ernest Shackleton: inspirational leaders with innovative projects that make a positive impact to the lives of young people.



The Shackleton Foundation

  • seeks to help disadvantaged and socially marginalised young people. It does this by supporting aspiring Leaders and social entrepreneurs who exemplify the spirit of Shackleton with seed-funding to make their ideas a reality. In particular the charity’s trustees, who review applications for potential funding three times a year (usually in February, May and October) are looking for leadership, innovation, enterprise, inspiration, ambition, endurance and courage in the applications. Each grant recipient is mentored by a trustee to ensure that their inspirational ideas really will make a significant difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people.
  • likes to support Leaders with high risk, but high potential projects. The Leaders that are awarded funding by the Shackleton Foundation are often considered too risky or too early in the endeavour for other funders, and often struggle to gain funding from traditional sources.

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