Boston, MA, January 30, 2007 -
ACCION® International, a pioneer and leader in global microfinance, has received the Silver Magellan Award from the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) for its ‘Helping Millions Help Themselves’ campaign materials. The distinction places ACCION’s collateral among the top 15 percent of total LACP submissions, recognizing the clarity, relevance and compelling nature of the materials.‘Helping Millions Help Themselves’ was launched in October 2006 to raise $31 million for the funding of ACCION’s work in global poverty alleviation through microfinance. The campaign’s goals include increasing the number of microentrepreneurs served by ACCION’s partners, to three million by 2008, and increasing the number of countries in which the organization works, from 23 to 33. The campaign materials were developed with Boston design firm Communication Via Design, Ltd., with the goal of presenting a concise and targeted case for ACCION’s funding needs. LACP awarded the materials with 93 out of a possible 97 points, ranking the collateral 61st out of 405 submitted to LACP worldwide.“The 2006 Magellan Awards drew an unprecedented number of entries representing a broad range of industries and organizational sizes,” said Tyson Heyn, APR, LACP Principal. “Winners demonstrated a laser focus on communications grounded in creativity and passion, which ultimately helped message recipients understand and appreciate its relevance and importance.”A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION was founded in 1961 and issued the first microloan in 1973 in Brazil. Its ‘Helping Millions Help Themselves’ campaign materials were designed to inform the reader of the effectiveness of microfinance as a poverty alleviation tool and the importance of philanthropy to expand access to microfinance services.About ACCION InternationalACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need – microenterprise loans, business training and other financial services – to work their way out of poverty. ACCION International’s partner microfinance institutions today are providing loans as low as $100 to poor women and men entrepreneurs in 22 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and in the U.S. In the last decade alone, ACCION partners have disbursed more than 14 million loans totaling more than $9.4 billion; 97 percent of the loans have been repaid. Selected for the fourth consecutive year for its pioneering approaches to poverty alleviation, ACCION is among 43 organizations awarded the 2007 Social Capitalist Award by Fast Company magazine, and has been awarded Charity Navigator’s highest rating—four stars—for efficiency and sound fiscal management. For more information, visit www.accion.org.About LACPThe League of American Communications Professionals (LACP) was established in 2001 in order to create a forum within the public relations industry that facilitates discussion of best-in-class practices within the profession, while also recognizing those who demonstrate exemplary communications capabilities. As part of this goal, LACP hosts a free monthly newsletter distributed via e-mail, and quarterly competitions that target various disciplines within the communications field. The quarterly competitions routinely include hundreds of entries from some of the most recognized industries throughout the world. Visit LACP on the web at www.lacp.com.
# # #Media Contact:Caroline P. Mauldin Communications AssociateACCION Internationalcmauldin@accion.org617.616.1515