100 Women in Hedge Funds (100WHF) is a non-profit that was founded in 2001 in New York City as an industry association for women working in hedge funds. With over 10,000 active members in 17 countries, their mission is to provide women an equal opportunity in the hedge fund industry. They do this through holding events in which members can gain insight from accomplished women in the field. 100WHF also holds annual gala dinners in New York, London, and Geneva, all of which raise funds for various charities around the world. 100WHF also has a scholarship which is offered to 10 women who are pursuing careers in alternative investment management.
Prince William became the Royal Patron of 100WHF in 2010 in order to incorporate his philanthropic endeavors into the organization’s similar endeavors. For the following three years, 100WHF worked with William and his patronages Centrepoint, the Child Bereavement Charity, and Skill Force. As of January 1, 2013, both Kate and Prince Harry are also the Royal Patrons of 100WHF. For the next three years, 100WHF will take on Kate’s patronages Action on Addiction, WellChild, and The Art Room. Essentially, when 100WHF holds their annual gala dinners to raise funds for charities, they will specifically be raising funds for the royal family’s charities because of their partnership. Kate, William, and Harry decided to work with 100WHF because of their philanthropic themes of mentoring, women’s and family health, and education and their presence increases awareness for both 100WHF and for the individual charities themselves.
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