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A Christmas message from Legatum

On behalf of everyone at Legatum, may we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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We are pleased to share this Christmas message from Alan McCormick, Partner at Legatum. Alan describes the progress of our philanthropic funds, three things we focused on to keep spirits high, and our hopes for the New Year.

For those who prefer to read Alan's Christmas message, here is the transcript:

Hello and, on behalf of everyone at Legatum, can I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

I would like to share a special thanks to all our philanthropic funds, the fearless frontline community leaders, the idea stewards, entrepreneurs, innovators and changemakers who have made such an impact this year and who we have had the pleasure of serving alongside.

Amidst the many challenges of 2020, whether you’re a business, whether you’re working from home, or homeschooling, I’m glad to report that at the end of this year our colleagues have continued to make progress:

More than one hundred million people were dewormed across Africa by the END Fund.

And, the Freedom Fund has helped 130 frontline organisations in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Myanmar and Thailand to directly serve 190,000 of the most in-need people throughout the pandemic.

The methodologies and insights on accelerated learning gained by the Luminos Fund can now be applied to the billion-plus children who are out of school.

And the Legatum Institute’s data is helping to navigate decision making around Covid, equipping leaders to see policy through more than merely a health lens, but to understand all the other variables lockdowns affect.

This incredible work is all part of our shared vision to see a more prosperous world.

So many people try to predict the future, but no one could have predicted this year. We were reminded that control is but an illusion. The only thing we can control is our attitudes and how we respond when unexpected things happen.

I’m really proud of how Legatum and the broader family responded in these times and the challenges they presented.

Our attitude this year involved three things; we determined to remain hopeful, to move forward with faith and to be generous with those in need.

And we expressed this by:

  1. Looking after our team – ensuring everyone, especially those who were more vulnerable were cared for.
  2. Investing in our business – Covid will pass. We want to keep moving forward, ensuring our Group can be effective on the other side of this and continue to serve and grow.
  3. Finally, by being generous – by investing in Covid initiatives and giving to those in need, especially as some of those needs are made more acute during this year.

The fruit of this approach is in the incredible work of our colleagues across the Group.

At the end of this challenging year, and with many of those uncertainties continuing into next, can I take this opportunity to thank you for your partnership with Legatum in whatever form it may take, and to encourage you to keep exercising hope, to move forward with faith, and to be generous.

A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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