Some of the biggest and best known retailers in the UK have pledged their support for this year’s #givingtuesday – the global day of giving.
#givingtuesday – being held in the UK for the third time – takes place on Tuesday 29th November following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is led by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), which helps individuals and businesses give to good causes.
This year’s campaign is calling on people to ‘do good stuff’ for charities on the day, which can include donating money, volunteering time or doing something to promote a favourite cause. Last year #givingtuesday set a new Guinness World Record for money donated online in 24 hours, with £6,000 per minute donated online to UK charities. Celebrities including JK Rowling, Gary Lineker and Stephen Fry backed the campaign.
Major retailers which have signed up to become a #givingtuesday partner this year include Argos, Asos Foundation, BT, The Entertainer, Homebase, Morrisons, QVC and Sainsbury’s.
They are among around 1,400 UK businesses and charities currently pledging to do something for charity on 29th November.
Charitable activity by retailers on #givingtuesday this year is set to include:
- ASOS Foundation holding a thank you day for staff who support charity through payroll giving and volunteering.
- BT hosting a #givingtuesday Power Hour at the BT Tower for partners on the morning of #givingtuesday. The event is being hosted by BT MyDonate and CAF.
- The Entertainer celebrating its charitable activity with window displays in every high street store. Shop windows will have a #givingtuesday thank you display celebrating staff’s charitable contributions via payroll giving.
- Morrisons raising money for its charity partner Sue Ryder. Checkout staff will be wearing Sue Ryder sashes and #givingtuesday stickers and offering customers the opportunity to top up their shop with a £1 donation.
- QVC launching a charity T-shirt to sell on air for charity partner Nest as part of an international campaign.
- Sainsbury’s encouraging staff to ‘do good stuff’ and promoting its charitable programmes including local heroes volunteering, community budget donations, food donations and payroll giving.
It is fantastic that so many major retailers have signed up to help making #givingtuesday 2016 the biggest and best yet.
Hannah Terrey, Head of Policy and Campaigns at CAF, said:
“Retailers across the UK make a significant contribution to good causes, from getting staff to lend a hand in the local community to big partnerships with major charities. It is fantastic that so many major retailers have signed up to help making #givingtuesday 2016 the biggest and best yet.
“This is a day for everyone to ‘do good stuff’ for a cause they care about, whether that’s donating money, volunteering time or simply talking about their favourite charities.
“Just like Black Friday, #givingtuesday has now established itself as a regular fixture in the festive calendar here in the UK. For businesses this can be a great opportunity to showcase their work with good causes and involve staff and customers in their charitable endeavours.”
David Scott, Head of Corporate Affairs at Morrisons, said:
“We’re delighted to be getting involved with #givingtuesday again this year, and hope our customers really get behind the day.”
New Director Strengthens Quilter Cheviot Charities Team
Quilter Cheviot, a leading investment management firm that forms part of Old Mutual Wealth, has appointed a new Charity Director, Charles Mesquita, as an addition to its charities team.
Charles will join the 10 strong team at the beginning of January, reporting to Head of Charities William Reid.
Quilter Cheviot’s charities division has funds under management of over £1.5 billion of assets on behalf of 643 charities nationwide, making it a leading charity manager in the UK.
Charles has over 30 years’ investment experience and has worked for a number of leading financial institutions, including Newton Investment Management and Investec Wealth & Investment. Among other key roles at these firms, he was responsible for founding and launching the Charities Property Fund with Savills in 2000: the first Common Investment Fund investing in UK commercial property. Over 1,800 charities have invested in it to date with assets of over £1 billion.
In his new role at Quilter Cheviot, Charles will help develop the firm’s specialist charity capability.
Charles commented: “It is an exciting time to be joining Quilter Cheviot. Not only do they have an envious track record of delivering robust performance, but also a strong reputation for helping charities with their investments. Quilter Cheviot retain the ethos that the people you meet are the people managing your portfolio. As a trustee, I am only too aware of the challenges facing charities and the value put on having a strong relationship with someone you can trust.”
William Reid head of charities commented “We are delighted to welcome Charles to Quilter Cheviot as he is well qualified to enhance our capabilities. In light of the significant advice gap in the charities sector, the key to help resolving this is to recruit high calibre individuals who not only understand investment but are in tune with the challenges that trustees face.”
Charles is a trustee of Bowel & Cancer Research, RL Glasspool, a grant giving charity which aims to help people step out of poverty, and PRISM, which helps to promote and to facilitate charitable giving in a flexible and efficient manner. Charles also sits on the board of the Charity Investors Group, a forum promoting a greater understanding of investment within the sector.
Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. Investors may not recover what they invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
£6,000 Raised For Charities Through Business Networking Events
Double Whammy Networking CIC (DW), a social enterprise that organises successful Southend and Castle Point business networking events.
The events focus on effective business networking, but the events are sponsored and at least 60% of the ticket price goes to a ‘charity pot’ to support local charities and good causes.
By the end of 2016, DW had raised a grand total of £6,000 to support 22 different charities and community groups.
Managing director Jill Poet stressed that ensuring quality business networking is always a priority and that, apart from an optional card draw, no fundraising takes place at the actual events. She explained: “I’m a veteran networker myself and I understand the importance of business people being able to attend an event without feeling pressurised to give, give, give.. We just don’t do that, although we often find that excellent long term relationships are established between the business and community sectors. Additionally, our events are ad hoc and there is no joining or membership fee, no commitment to attend regularly, and no requirement to give an elevator pitch. The events are relaxed and ideal for established businesses and start-ups: we make everyone welcome.”
The next event is a networking breakfast sponsored by and to be held at the Arlington Ballrooms in Leigh-on-Sea on 17th January. A basic ticket is just £7.50 including refreshments. £6 from each ticket sold will go towards supporting the SoS Domestic Abuse Project and SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex)
Booking is essential. Book via this link http://buytickets.at/dwnetworking/73578. Or call Jill Poet on 01702 468387 for more information.