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Farewell to my family, all 350,000 of you

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Tim Fullerton, Oxfam’s online communications manager, shares his thoughts on four years of reaching out to supporters.

If you are on Oxfam’s email list, are a fan of ours on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter, you’ve probably wondered to yourself, “Who is this Tim Fullerton character who’s always sending me emails? Is he real, or just some imaginary person who likes to fill my inbox with Oxfam stuff?”

Well I’m here to tell you that I am in fact real–and that I won’t be emailing you for much longer. Today is my last day at Oxfam, and whether you know it or not, you’ve been part of my extended family over the years: the 350,000 online supporters with whom I’ve developed a very close relationship.

My job has been to communicate with our online supporters, and you’ve never disappointed me. Whether it was donating to help low-income Gulf Coast residents during Hurricane Katrina, or telling Starbucks to honor its commitment to Ethiopian coffee farmers, you’ve been there. We’ve taken on some herculean tasks together, and you’ve helped prove to me that Americans care deeply about ending poverty here and abroad. Our online communications program has become one of the most respected in the non-profit world, and we have you to thank for that.

My contribution to the cause.
My contribution to the cause.

So what have I learned in my four years of communicating with all of you? I’ve learned that when we all come together, we can actually effect real change in the world. The two examples above are proof of that. And one of my proudest moments here was when I saw hundreds of you submit photos for our Starbucks campaign. The creativity and passion in the photos blew me away.

Today is bittersweet for me: While I’m excited about my next venture, it’s also hard to say goodbye. So as I move on from Oxfam, I wanted to offer one final thank you to our supporters. You’ve helped to enrich my life over the last few years, and for that I am truly grateful. Now I look forward to joining all of you as an online supporter of Oxfam’s work.

And yes, I promise to read every single email Oxfam sends me.

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    I’m glad to be part of those 350,000 that read, learn and spread the info that you sent us through the years.
    I’ve been an Oxfam supporter since 2002 and since then I’ve been waiting for a chance to do more here in my country, Chile.
    There is a tiny community in Facebok (Oxfam Chile) but we’re too few and would love to make us a bigger, better and more informed group of people… so, I guess I’m trying to say; thanks for help us to be and do all that through Oxfam America.
    My bests wishes in whatever you do from now on…



    Why oxfam does not offer a young proffesional program to people who just have graduated recently and do not have any experience on this field. ( projects)

    I wanna work whit you guys, but it seems to be only for people who are 45 years old or older. Why????


  3.'Britt Bravo

    You’ve done an amazing job, Tim.

    I often use your work as an example for other nonprofits of how to integrate social media into their communication plan. What will you do next?

  4. Anna Kramer

    Hey everyone — thanks for your comments on Tim’s farewell blog! We’re sorry some of you may have experienced a long delay in seeing your comments posted… we had a glitch on our end that’s now been figured out. Thanks again for weighing in and please keep reading and responding!


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