CIPR Benevolent Fund Celebrates 50th Anniversary

PARN Global News Article - 22 May 2015

CIPR Benevolent Fund Celebrates 50th Anniversary

CIPR Benevolent Fund Celebrates 50th Anniversary

iprovision, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ Benevolent Fund, marked its 50th anniversary at a celebration in central London.

For the past 50 years, iprovision has supported CIPR members and their families who have hit hard times due to illness, disability, unemployment or bereavement.

The anniversary celebrations, hosted at Russell Square, gathered together Institute Presidents from the past, present and future, including Tim Traverse-Healey FCIPR, the last surviving founding member of the Institute, and Rob Brown FCIPR, CIPR President 2016.

Established as the IPR Benevolent Fund in May 1965 by Sam Black FCIPR, Molly Clucas FCIPR and Geoffrey Young Hon FCIPR, the charity’s Trust Deed set out the main objective of the Fund as being “to provide assistance in cash or in kind or in any other appropriate manner for the relief of poverty of any IPR member or bona fide dependant and dependant of any deceased member, who, having regard to his/her circumstances and status in life, needs such assistance”.

After being rebranded as iprovision in 2001, the current Trustees have set a target of at least £1 million to ensure the Fund has the resources to meet current and future needs.

John Brown, current Chair of the iprovision Trustees, said that CIPR owes a big debt to the then IPR members who set up the Benevolent Fund as a charity 50 years ago this month and the many trustees who have served over the years to support members in need.

“It is the hallmark of a professional institute to care for colleagues who hit hard times and for CIPR that is through iprovision. Last year we gave practical and/or financial assistance to a record number of members, and for the first time spent more money in helping members than we were able to raise from donations. This means that iprovision and CIPR together must redouble our fundraising efforts and ensure more members are aware of the value of having a benevolent fund. The fund depends almost entirely on CIPR members' and groups' fundraising if we are continue for the next half-century supporting public relations professionals in hardship."

Read the full news item on the CIPR website