The Financial Times recently reported that charitable donations from the FTSE 100 decreased by more than a quarter from 2013 to 2016 — bad news for struggling third sector organisations.
But the British Irish Chamber of Commerce calendar is chock-full of fundraising events and many firms on both sides of the Irish Sea are dedicated to giving something back to society.
If you believe charity begins with business, here’s how three diverse firms do their bit.
On the large end of the scale, software gurus at Microsoft Ireland recently donned lycra and got on their bikes to raise funds for LauraLynn Children’s hospice, located near to their headquarters in Leopardstown.
According to Independent.ie, the impressive team of 64 cyclists and 17 crew started pedaling a 350km, three day route from Kinsale to Kenmare on 5th September.
This gargantuan task involved cycling for seven hours and 120km each day — an achievement any bike enthusiast would be proud of.
As well as cash, the corporation donates software and technology training to the hospice and their intrepid cycle team had raised 170,000 Euros for various charity partners prior to this latest project.
Blandy & Blandy
When it comes to charitable fundraising, legal eagles at Blandy & Blandy are a flying high.
The well-established company has had a presence in the Berkshire town for almost 300 years and it’s raised £60,000 for local charities like League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the past four years.
Additionally, its probate, tax and trusts team and clients have helped raise £600,000 for Cancer Research since 2001.
Staff take part in activities like the Reading Legal Walk, Reading Pancake Race and Will Aid and are encouraged to volunteer as trainers and advisers at education and enterprise events.
So it’s no place for shrinking violets, but definitely punches above its weight in generating cash for causes across the country.
Chancellor Financial Management
Money magicians at Chancellor Financial Management have been casting a charitable spell over their local community and beyond for many years.
They’re proud patrons of the Bolton Lads and Girls Club, which is the biggest youth centre in the UK, and they’ve also participated in exciting projects that have benefitted deserving organisations like Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
One employee even raised cash by completing the 10,000-mile Mongol Rally in a battered VW Polo — impressive indeed.
When staff aren’t using their financial acumen to help firms and individuals manage their money, they’re usually concocting a superb charity scheme.
If your business has fallen behind in terms of supporting communities near and far, these diverse firms that do their bit should remind you that charity begins with business.
Follow their lead and you’ll soon feel more fulfilled in life and work.
What does your company do for charity? Share your stories in the comments section.