A Sustainer is an ORG supporter who is willing to commit a donation of £1,000 or more per year for at least 3 years. All Sustainers who wish will be publicly acknowledged on ORG literature.

ORG Sustainers play a core role in spreading our work within civil society. In return for their commitment we provide an exclusive portfolio of information and resources, at the centre of which are twice-yearly private buffet-receptions during which briefings are provided by invited international experts who deliver cutting edge thinking and analysis on security issues. Speakers at these meetings have included:

  • Lord Tim Garden (Liberal Democrat Spokesperson on Defence, House of Lords)
  • Carne Ross (former senior Foreign Office diplomat at the UN)
  • Isabel Hilton (Editor,
  • Professor Paul Rogers (Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford)
  • Rebecca Johnson (Director, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy)
  • Dr. Patricia Lewis (Director, United Nations Disarmament Research Institute)
  • Malcolm Savidge (Labour MP for Aberdeen North, 1997-2005)

During these meetings, and at other times, we also provide opportunities for those Sustainers who wish to offer their views and expertise about how to most effectively pursue our strategic aims.

The financial stability provided through the support of our Sustainers will reduce our dependence on grant-awarding bodies, at the same time as demonstrating to funders and government that we have broad-based, independent, influential and committed support within civil society.
During 2004-07 we welcomed 32 Sustainers who committed to support us for three years. We now aim to substantially increase this number over the next year.

Individuals wishing to explore the Sustainer programme further are invited to contact us to request an information pack. John Sloboda, Executive Director, is always willing to discuss the programme in more detail with interested enquirers.

Other ways for individuals to support ORG may be found here.