The Cyclades Preservation Fund is a registered Charity established in October 2017 in the UK to support sustainable initiatives and to promote the preservation of the exceptional beauty and natural value of the Cyclades. The cornerstone of our mission is the empowerment of local communities, backed up by investment in the local environment.
We are a group of Greek and international friends of the ‘Cycladic Islands’ driven by confidence that the Cycladic islands have an incredible opportunity to evolve in a positive way and preserve their unique history, culture, traditions and environmental heritage while maintaining themselves as a global touristic destination.
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We strongly believe that supporting local resources can make a strong positive impact and bring about serious long-lasting change!
To do so, we raise money from people all over the world, as well as from local individuals and businesses that care and rely on the Cycladic Islands’ future. We ensure funds are directed appropriately and are dedicated to supporting the most effective preservation projects and campaigns, those carried out by organizations, experts, individuals and associations already present in the area or elsewhere in Greece, who are working to protect and restore the natural environment of those areas and trying to influence the locals and the visitors to be more respectful of the environment.
Additionally, we aim to build bridges between the international and local communities, and between NGOs, business organizations and public entities, as well as to develop networks that can then play a key role in decision making and policies that affect the areas’ well-being.
A Steering Committee (SC) leads the initiative by directing the strategy, selecting carefully the grants and trying to broaden the donor base.
Our SC members have co-funded the initial budget and keep contributing to our cause in many and significant ways, including leverage personal networks to support our charity achieving strategic goals.
Our local team is minimal, with one person as the Executive Director in charge of day-to-day management and coordination work on the ground, assisted by a Programme & Impact Advisor supporting the team in a part-time base.
We are also privileged to have the support of a fantastic Advisory Council (AC) with a long-standing expertise in environmental governance, communication, fundraising and sustainability.
We are grateful for their significant contribution to the CPF!
When the CPF launched in December 2017, Anni joined as the Executive Director, driven by respect and care for the unique natural environment of Cyclades, as well as by the confidence that individuals and communities have the power to bring positive change. After completing her post-graduate studies in the areas of International Affairs, Environmental Governance and Sustainable Development, Anni worked for 15 years with Greek and International NGOs and Foundations, in the fields of environmental and cultural management, sustainable development, local engagement, fundraising, communication and human rights. She’s based between Naxos and Athens, and travels regularly to the islands.
Programme & Impact Advisor
Nassia is a Civil Engineer specialized in Water Resources Management & Environmental Engineering and in Policy Analysis for Multi-Actor Systems. She has experience in the private sector in engineering and environmental consultancy and in the non-profit international water sector, focusing mostly on projects and investments in the Mediterranean region. In June 2020 she joined CPF in order to support the Fund’s impact assessment framework and subsequent strategy considerations as our Impact Advisor, and has remained in the team as CPF’s Programme & Impact Advisor.