Charity move for Moonpig founder
Moonpig millionaire Nick Jenkins has joined the children’s charity, Ark, as it’s first global chief executive.
Jenkins recently sold Moonpig.com, the online greetings card business that he founded 11 years ago. He is an enterprise fellow of the Prince's Trust and founded his own grantmaking charity with a focus on children’s welfare. As a recent donor to Ark, Jenkins was already familiar with the charity's work, and is understood to have been keen to do more in the sector.
Absolute Return for Kids (Ark) chairman, Ian Wace cites his charitable credentials as an important reason for his appointment. The charity relies on philanthropic donations to fund its programmes helping disadvantaged children in Southern Africa, Eastern Europe, the UK and India.
Wace said: “Increasingly we are working with a new generation of philanthropists, equally focused on achieving lasting improvements in children's lives. Nick is very much part of that generation and we are extremely fortunate that he is joining us.”
Jenkins said: “Ark deserves to be known for the demonstrable impact that it has on the ground and this is the message that we intend to bring to a wider group of philanthropists.”
Iain Martin was named managing director of Moonpig after the company was bought by Photobox this summer. Jenkins retains his advisory role to the Moonpig board of directors. At Ark he will be based in London and take charge of the charity’s work in the UK and US.