Message From New CEO Brayden Howie

I’m very pleased to introduce myself as the new CEO of Action on Poverty (AOP). I’ve been with AOP for a month now, and if I had to sum up my experience in one word it would be ‘inspiring’. The team has such a deep passion for this cause – it’s infectious.

Later this month, I’m heading off to Asia to visit some of AOP’s projects. I’m very excited. But before that, I wanted to write to you and let you know how grateful I am for everything you’ve done so far. The thing that excites me most about AOP is how we connect generous individuals and groups to vulnerable communities. Together, we build capability, increase resources, and multiply impact to drive real and sustainable change.

But we want to become even better. We want to deepen our efforts together so we can make change go further. I’m looking forward to working with you to find new ways to increase our impact and help more people break the poverty cycle.

For me, the most inspiring thing about this work is the transformative power of generosity. Generosity is life changing. I’ve seen it in North Korea, where doctors who’ve worked without pay for over a year shed tears of gratitude when given medicine and infant formula. I’ve seen it in Mongolia, where farmers who’ve lost almost all their livestock to the harsh winter give the little they have to other families who have nothing. I see it in teachers in remote schools, nurses in isolated outposts, mothers and fathers who every day go to extraordinary lengths.

And I’ve seen it transform the lives of supporters – people who simply melt when they witness first-hand the impact of their own generosity. I’ve seen young people completely change their life trajectory after being led down a path of generous giving.

Generosity is redemptive and regenerative. No doubt, as a generous supporter, you know this already. Your generosity inspires me, it inspires others, and it is the basis for the change we will achieve together.

Last, but certainly not least, I would like to acknowledge the work and dedication of Christine Pollard, who is staying with us as Finance Director. Christine has done a terrific job leading AOP for the past 18 months, and I’ll be shamelessly exploiting her wisdom and experience as I settle in to the role.

Action on Poverty is about making hope possible, and hope is built on generosity. Your generosity. And for that I thank you.

With best wishes,

Brayden Howie
CEO Action on Poverty

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