Supporting charities is one of the key ways that we give something back to society. Our fundraising efforts benefit us too, by bringing the firm together in a common cause and motivating and engaging our people to work as a team.
Every year, we ask our people to nominate good causes, which our staff then vote on. All nominations are judged against the following criteria:
- The charity’s work must be consistent with our CR goal of unlocking people's potential
- The charity must offer the prospect of engaging people across the firm
- Our financial support must be able to make a significant difference
We are currently supporting Buttle in an initial partnership. We will support Buttle until the end of 2019. Buttle UK was founded in 1953 to launch children from poverty, and that remains their mission. They provide direct grants to support practical and emotional needs to support the maintenance, education and advancement in life of children and young people who through poverty and family circumstances are in need - to give all children a fighting chance. They focus on estranged young people, families who have suffered abuse, and children in kinship care. Their average grant is historically only £1,000 and is capped at £5,000 per family. They help provide beds (it is estimated 500,000 children in the UK today do not have a bed to sleep in), school uniforms, school supplies, etc. They use income from their endowment, a small amount of capital spend and fundraising to support their work.
Just some of the events we take part in for our supported charity include: charity quizzes, marathons and triathlons. We also organise internal fundraising events such as themed dress-up days, bake sales, fitness challenges and so on which have been fun for everyone one participating and watching, and as well as being successful items of fundraising points of view.
One of the events we take part in annually is the London Legal Walk for the London Legal Support Trust, and we are adding other events to our CSR calendar on an ongoing basis.