Lloyds Banking Group guarantees over £50 million to charitable foundations over two-year period

Lloyds Banking Group will guarantee a £25.5 million annual donation to its four independent charitable Foundations in 2021, securing a more certain future during these difficult times for small charities across the UK. The pandemic has created unprecedented difficulties for the charity sector with large drops in fundraising and funding coinciding with increased demand for services and costs to adapt to meet government guidelines. As the Foundation charities look to restore and recover, the early funding commitment from the Group will help to safeguard their future and the important work…

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A change is on the cards for charity donations with the launch of For Good Causes

For Good Causes – the UK-based fin-tech company – has officially launches its innovative new scheme which is set to transform the way consumers and retailers donate to charity. For several years UK charities have been under increasing pressure as demand for their services rise, at a time when fundraising is impacted on many fronts. Now as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, charities are forecasting a 48% decline in voluntary donations despite a 43% increase in demand, according to research by the Institute of Fundraising.  Following a successful pilot,…

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IBM and Cisco partner to support remote teaching and charity work across the UK

IBM and Cisco have joined forces to offer teachers in over 24,000 schools and staff in over 185,000 charities across the UK free access to video conferencing through use of the Cisco Webex web conferencing tool. The technology offers simple and intuitive features for online collaboration in response to the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak. To support new users get started IBM and Cisco employees are volunteering their time to help install the video-conferencing technology and provide ongoing guidance to maximise the tools. The pandemic and resulting lockdown pose huge challenges for…

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St Mirren FC could be ‘fan-owned’ by 2021 under unique charity partnership plans

St Mirren could become Scotland’s latest fan-owned football club as soon as next year through a unique link-up – the first of its kind in the UK – between the club’s supporters’ trust and one of the country’s biggest charities. Under plans unveiled today, the St Mirren Independent Supporters Trust (SMISA) would enter a unique partnership with social care charity and leading social enterprise Kibble which would transform how the club is owned and run. SMISA is already on track for majority fan ownership of the club but is not…

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Riders raise an amazing £11.5 million for charity in 2019

Participants in the 2019 Prudential RideLondon events raised an amazing £11.5 million for charity, bringing the total raised for good causes to more than £77 million in the first seven years of the world’s greatest festival of cycling. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My congratulations go to everyone who helped raise this fantastic sum for charity at the 2019 edition of Prudential RideLondon. Their efforts will help some great causes make a real difference to people’s lives.” Denise Turner-Stewart, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire…

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