About Us

The Global Fund for Forgotten People was established in 2012 under the auspices of the government of the Order of Malta. The Fund raises awareness and financial support for works of the Order. Our mission is to help build capacity and expand the impact and reach of the hospitaller works of the Order throughout the world, enabling the Order of Malta to continue its 900 year old tradition of providing care and relief for the world’s Forgotten wherever suffering is present.

What is the Fund?

The Global Fund for Forgotten People raises money for a range of Order of Malta projects which reach out directly to people who would otherwise be forgotten. The Fund is registered as two legal entities – In England and Wales it is a registered charity (1148427) and in the US it has 501(c)(3) status. Through its 2 legal entities The Fund aims to raise awareness of and support particular issues which have fallen under the radar, and which struggle to get public attention.

Who are the Forgotten People?

Forgotten People are those who, even in our modern world when the spotlight of attention seems to shine everywhere, are suffering beneath the surface. It is as if they do not exist. No-one has made a cause out of their plight.
We are changing this. The Global Fund for Forgotten People supports projects that go to places where other people don’t go, tackle the issues that others aren’t tackling and help those that everyone else has forgotten:

forgotten-diseases People with Neglected Diseases

the-elderly The Elderly

prisoners-children Prisoners and their Families

disabled-children Children and Adults with Disabilities

the-homeless The Homeless

displaced-people Displaced People

maternal-and-neonatal-health Mothers and New-Borns without Healthcare

marginalised-communities Marginalised Communities

To find out more about these forgotten people, please go to ‘How we help’, or visit ‘Where we help’ to explore where in the world we work.

How does the Fund support the Order of Malta?

There are three main elements to the charitable work of the Order of Malta.

  • The first element covers projects that have become so well-established, so essential to a community’s wellbeing, that they are now operated in partnership with the state. This began with hospitals for pilgrims in Jerusalem in the Middle Ages and continues today with the provision of emergency services, hospices for the elderly, and healthcare.
  • The second element is international relief, which takes medical staff into some of the most challenging environments imaginable to reach out to those in need when a disaster occurs.
  • Then there is a final element which is integral to the Order of Malta as an organisation but often receives the least financial support. These are the hundreds of projects across the world which cater for those who would otherwise be forgotten. They vary in size and scale, from the provision of meals for the malnourished children of prisoners in Cambodia, to the establishment of holiday camps for the abandoned disabled in Lebanon. This group is, in some respects, where the Order of Malta and its endeavours are needed most – reaching those who face terrible hardship and yet are barely even recognised by most of those in a position to help.

It is this third element that The Global Fund for Forgotten People addresses. We support the Order’s highest impact projects – longstanding, existing works delivered by the Order’s network of associations across the world that are making a real difference.

For further information on the Order of Malta visit the website or read the Order of Malta activity reports: 2019201620132010.

The Fund provides many functions to its donors and grantees, operating as a centre of due diligence, best practice and information sharing. 

It gives donors the ability to support works of the Order anywhere in the world, and across several geographic or thematic areas of work at once.  It helps projects secure funding by supporting their application and report writing.  It ensures delivery against stated objectives and shares learnings across different parts of the Order.  It helps establish new areas of work: advising, supporting and bringing in the expertise of others.  It raises awareness of and financial support for the great works of the Order, within the Order’s own structure and externally.

In order to provide all of this, a percentage of donations goes towards the Fund’s own activities.  We constantly strive to keep costs as low as possible, and currently that figure stands at 10%.

Who's involved in running the Fund?
Title Name Email Address
Member in Charge / Chief Executive Lisa Simpson [email protected]
Chief Financial and Operating Officer Gail Buswell [email protected]
Chief Philanthropy Officer Emily van Lier [email protected]
Grants Manager Ruth Stanley  [email protected]
Finance and Operations Assistant Laura Steinhoffel [email protected]
Fundraising and Support Officer Poppy McLean [email protected]
With guidance from

HMEH the Prince and Grand Master, Fra’ Giacomo Dalla Torre del Tempio di Sanguinetto

And the Grand Magistry in Rome:

Mr Eugenio Ajroldi di Robbiate, Director of the Communication Office,

Miss Ilaria Terramani, Assistant to The Global Fund for Forgotten People,

Mrs Philippa Leslie, Executive Secretary of the Communication Board

UK Trustees and US Directors

UK Trustees

H.E. Richard Fitzalan Howard (Chair),

H.E. Albrecht Boeselager,

H.E. Winfried Henckel von Donnersmarck,

H.E. Dominique de La Rochefoucauld-Montbel,

Mrs Lisa Simpson

US Directors

H.E. Michele Bowe (Chair)

Mr Dennis Mulhaupt

Mrs Désirée Jebsen

Dr. Don Oscar R. de Rojas y Villa