Here is a selection of the wide range of corporate fundraising partnerships taking place this February.
1) Klein Tools and Super Rod, and JTL
Klein Tools and Super Rod are donating £1 million worth of products and resources to not-for-profit electrical training programne JTL. As part of a five-year programme, the donation will supply Klein Tools’ products to more than 10,000 apprentices studying at JTL’s National Centre of Excellence in Birmingham.
In February, more than 1,500 tool kits were donated at 76 City Electrical Factors locations across England and Wales.
2) EDM and Macmillan Cancer Support
The provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors announced this month that it has beaten its 2015 fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support. Employees from across the company spent last year organising and participating in a range of activities to raise money for the charity including a golf day, Halloween-themed coffee morning, paper plane throwing competition, Go Sober, Lakeland 100 ultramarathon and Christmas raffle.
Combining these fundraising initiatives with company donations, EDM raised more than £6,500.
3) Nisa Retail and SUDEP Action
Members of Nisa Retail’s Scunthorpe head office have raised £5,000 for SUDEP Action through staff donations and Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally (MADL) charity. Making a Difference Locally raises funds in Nisa member stores through the sale of items from Nisa’s own-label Heritage range and a number of branded products.
The charity, which raises awareness into sudden unexpected death in epilepsy was chosen in memory of a staff member’s twin brother, Nathan Slade, who died from SUDEP last year.
4) Nourish Pay it Forward
Based in Sheffield and Leeds, the Nourish restaurant’s Pay it Forward Tree, where customers can opt to buy an extra meal or hot drink with their order and put the details on the tree for someone less fortunate, has provided over 1,000 of Leeds and Sheffield’s homeless population with hot food and drink.
To commemorate this, Nourish has launched a customer loyalty card, where customers not only earn a discount for themselves, but also drinks and meals for the Pay it Forward Tree with each visit.
5) Specsavers and Sightsavers
Specsavers has chosen Sightsavers as one of three charity partners to be part of its new online staff induction. New starters at Specsavers will be given a “virtual coin” as part of their induction course and can choose to donate their coin to Sightsavers, Vision Aid Overseas or The Fred Hollows Foundation. Specsavers will make a real money donation to the chosen charity in proportion to the “virtual coins” donated by employees who complete the training. Around 5,000 people are expected to complete the module in 2016.
6) Park Plaza Cardiff and Velindre Cancer Centre
The Park Plaza Cardiff hotel has beaten its £10,000 fundraising target for Velindre Cancer Centre, raising £14,100 in 2015. The initial target was part of the hotel’s 2015 10th birthday celebrations, and the money was raised through a variety of staff activities including a trek up Pen-y-Fan, a 10k cycle challenge and an auction of one of Laguna Kitchen’s chefs to cook for twelve guests at the winning bidder’s home.
7) Nisa retailer J D Hunter & Co, & local causes
Nisa retailer J D Hunter & Co in Markethill, Armagh has donated over £15,000 in donations to local causes since 2008. The store has donated this sum to 23 different causes through Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity to benefit residents of the local area. The money has been used for a variety of purposes, including helping to fund an annual Christmas magic show in the town, training resources and kits for local sports and dance clubs, local school and playgroup projects, and financial support for individuals and groups helping those in need of medical care and assistance.
8) EQ Foundation and the Resurgo Trust
The EQ Foundation, the grant-making charitable arm of EQ Investors, has made a multi-year grant to the Resurgo Trust, the charity behind the Spear Programme, which provides free pre-employment training for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across eight centres in London. The grant will contribute to the expansion of the Spear Programme and in helping more young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop the tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
9) NetDespatch & Cancer Research UK
NetDespatch has donated £6,732 to Cancer Research UK following its annual vote by employees. The donation is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to donate a fixed percentage of its turnover to charitable causes, with NetDespatch staff responsible for choosing the charities the company supports.
10) Scottish Widows & The Fawcett Society
Scottish Widows is helping The Fawcett Society to conduct in-depth research into women’s financial preparations for retirement. The research will focus on women aged 25-39 with an annual income of £24,000-£40,000 in order to understand the factors that influence women’s savings decisions, beyond their lower lifetime earnings. The findings, due to be published in spring 2016, will be used to educate policy makers and the public about women’s prospects in retirement and to help shape policy suggestions.
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