Help a Capital Child and Meningitis Research Foundation have been voted as Deutsche Bank’s Charities of the Year for 2012. The Bank’s UK-based employees chose from six shortlisted charities. The two selected charities will form a year-long partnership with the Bank to raise awareness and funding.
Over £600,000 to date has been raised for Deutsche Bank’s 2011 Charities of the Year, The Eve Appeal and War Child. In 2010 over £1.7 million was raised for the two charities: £1.2 million of donations made by staff were matched pound for pound by Deutsche Bank.
Deutsche Bank originally supported single large national charities like NSPCC, Mencap and British Red Cross. Since 2008/09 however it has focused on supporting smaller charities, believing it can make a bigger impact with this kind of organisation. The criteria for selection this year was that the charity must have an income of between £0.5 million and £5 million.
Charities are not able to apply for the partnership. Instead, between 1 and 17 June this year, employees were asked to nominate charities. Nominated charities are then invited to apply, and are then shortlisted by a selection committee. An online vote takes place at the beginning of September and the two most popular charities announced in the second half of September. The new partnership begins on 2 January in the new year.
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