As of the 1 April 2019, the Royal Marines Association and The Royal Marines Charity have merged. The routine working name (borrowing from ABF The Soldiers Charity) is ‘RMA – The Royal Marines Charity’.
This has been a long but important journey for both charities, which has seen us going from a competitive relationship, through co-existence to cooperation, to coordination, to convergence and finally merger. We are now one charity, whose primary purpose is ‘to be the instinctive first port of call for support for the whole Corps family’, whether that be finding help in a moment of need through the broad welfare function that we provide, through to encouraging camaraderie and well being through RMA membership and participation in membership events, and on to those who wish to give a back by raising funds.
With the merger comes a revitalised brand and logo. The new logo seeks to ensure prominence of the Globe and Laurel, which unites the two charities and the Corps, whilst also representing the centrality of the RMA within the merged charity, the importance of our charitable endeavours and the inextricably interlinked nature of the two entities. The use of the ‘Old Gold’ colour for the RMA letters represents the enduring value of the membership function.
We hope that the creation of RMA – The Royal Marines Charity will be seen by partner charities as sector leading. With guidance from the government and the Charity Commission, we have found a way to deliver a more effective service to the whole Corps in a more efficient manner.
Danny Cox, Chairman of Trustees, said:
“I believe this merger is the greatest milestone in the history of the Corps Charity and Association and I have firmly believed in it since it was first discussed over 5 years ago.
“We have already seen significant improvements in delivery to our beneficiaries and more efficient working practices, which I believe will grow over time and ensure we are an Organisation worthy of serving the beneficiaries and families of the best Organisation in the world, The Royal Marines.”
Despite the considerable changes that have been going on behind the scenes, there will be little alteration in the way we work together:
• You will continue to work with the same people in the Charity that you have in the past. All staff are being retained in their current or enhanced roles.
• As of the 1 April, all email addresses will change to the following format: firstname.lastname@example.org