Acting Chief Development Officer and Vice President, Global Fundraising

Allan Thompson has 25 years of experience raising funds for organizations focusing on the prevention of blindness and supporting blind, visually impaired, and deaf people across the UK and internationally.

Since joining Orbis in 2010 as Director of Fundraising for the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, Allan has developed and implemented fundraising strategies that have led to the tripling of donations and grants from a wide range of donors, companies, and institutional partners. This funding has also leveraged over US$1 billion of gift-in-kind in medical supplies for Orbis’s work fighting the blinding disease trachoma. Together, these achievements have played a significant role in increasing Orbis International’s income from $84 million in 2010 to $364 million in 2021.

In 2020, Allan became the Vice President of Global Fundraising, with the responsibility of bringing Orbis’s global fundraising teams together to reach new heights, and in May 2022 Allan took on the role of Acting Chief Development Officer, leading our global fundraising teams to inspire donors to support our sight-saving work globally.

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