Impetus Appoints BVCA International Affairs Manager

UK venture philanthropy business Impetus Trust has appointed Kawika Solidum as deputy communications director. Solidum was previously international affairs manager at the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He has also worked for community charities in the US and the UK.

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Impetus Trust, the pioneer of venture philanthropy in the UK, today announces that it has appointed Kawika Solidum – whose communications experience embraces both the private equity and voluntary sectors – as Deputy Communications Director.

In appointing Solidum, Impetus is boosting its capacity to reach and engage new audiences, especially through social media. Impetus injects funding, expertise and management support into charities and social enterprises to help them multiply the number of people they are able to help each year.

“We are delighted to welcome Kawika to the Impetus team,” said Daniela Barone Soares, Chief Executive, Impetus Trust. “In order to create the conditions for systemic social change in the fight against economic disadvantage, we need to engage a greater number of stakeholders who have an interest in breaking the cycle of poverty that affects so many. Kawika will play a valuable role in helping us to achieve this, and we look forward to benefiting from the many skills he will bring to our communications programme.”

Solidum was previously International Affairs Manager at the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (BVCA), the industry’s public policy advocate in the UK, where he led on the Association’s communications and initiatives within emerging markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Solidum worked to build and renew relationships with similar international industry bodies and form long-term partnerships for BVCA. He has also worked for community charities in the US and the UK.

Commenting on his appointment, Kawika Solidum said, “This is an opportunity to blend my experience in both the private equity and voluntary sectors to help further Impetus’s cause as force for good in society. Helping people escape the poverty cycle is vital to rebuilding their individual self esteem and goes hand in hand with the government’s objectives of reducing unemployment and crime. I look forward to harnessing the power of social media to raise awareness of this issue and to bring new supporters into the fold.”

Impetus is also strengthening its position within the major giving market and has appointed Amie Hoyland as Deputy Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships. Hoyland was previously Senior Head of Business Development of The Prince’s Trust.

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For further information contact Kawika Solidum at Impetus Trust on 020 3551 7048.

Notes to the editors
· Impetus Trust (www.impetus.org.uk) works to break the cycle of poverty by investing in ambitious charities and social enterprises that fight economic disadvantage. It uses a highly effective venture philanthropy model to accelerate the growth of carefully selected organisations so they can help more economically disadvantaged people to gain education, skills and jobs. Last year, Impetus-supported charities helped more than 300,000 people.

· For every £1 Impetus invests, it is able to leverage nearly £4 more of value for its portfolio organisations, through the deployment of high-calibre pro bono expertise, partnership investment and additional funds raised.

· In April 2011, Impetus Trust and education charity The Sutton Trust were chosen to manage the £125 million Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to boost attainment of some of the country’s most disadvantaged children. EEF provides support for projects initiated by schools, teachers, local authorities and charities that are seeking to improve the performance of disadvantaged pupils in England’s lowest performing schools.