Grant Thornton International Ltd and The Global Fund for Children (GFC) have announced a new unique partnership that will build on GFC’s efforts to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children.

This partnership will combine The Global Fund for Children’s ability to find, fund and strengthen grassroots organisations around the world with Grant Thornton's presence in more than 130 countries to help small, local organisations build their capacity and reach more children around the world.

“Few organisations have GFC’s ability to find small organisations all over the world and help them grow to become sustainable community resources.” said Ed Nusbaum, Grant Thornton global CEO. “This is an exciting time for GFC and Grant Thornton, and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to work together and make a positive impact on the lives of many children.”

Susan Goodell, CEO of The Global Fund for Children added: “This partnership will help us expand our capacity as well as the capacity of our global grassroots partners as they work to meet the needs of children who suffer unimaginable hardship.”

In addition to funding, Grant Thornton firms around the world will devote time and expertise to help GFC, and its grassroots partners, develop their capabilities and realise their unique vision, providing technical expertise and business mentoring programmes. Grant Thornton will provide advice and coaching on everything from strategic planning to financial audits, staff development programmes and more. 

The partnership was announced at Grant Thornton’s recent global conference in Athens, Greece. Grant Thornton and The Global Fund for Children have worked closely together over the past year, with members of the GFC speaking at Grant Thornton’s regional meetings in South East Asia to explain and share their work. A number of Grant Thornton executives have visited The Global Fund for Children’s grantee partners in Cambodia and Thailand to see how GFC supports small grassroots organisations making a difference in their communities.