In 2020, Investors in Community announced a new partnership with Wakefield BID to help over 450 businesses in the city centre engage with charities and community organisations.
The charitable giving platform, helps firms to find good causes that need help in their local area, as well as measure, record and report other fundraising, donations and volunteering to show the full extent of their social responsibility.
As part of the new partnership, Wakefield BID will be showcasing the Investors in Community platform to its 467 members, encouraging businesses in the city centre to work together on collaborative projects that can make a real difference to those in need.
Via the platform, users can search for local charity projects all around the UK. They can then offer to assist by volunteering, donating, fundraising, offering pro-bono support, gifts and services. In return for their support, individuals earn community credits, which can be linked back to their employer, creating a tangible measure of the team’s CSR output.
For those companies wanting to get involved, each member of staff will get their own Investors in Community profile, opening up the potential for 160,000 new users across Wakefield.
Commenting on the new partnership, BID Director Christine Armstrong, said:
“As the new Director for Wakefield BID I’m keen to introduce both partnerships and initiatives that will create a sustainable future for our City. Investors in Community is one of those partnerships that will bring both the businesses and charity projects together, and from this we see a stronger community spirit forming and will lead to some great success stories we will all be proud to share and shout about”.
Phil Webb, Managing Director of Investors in Community, added:
“It’s a poignant time for us to announce this new partnership as there are many charities across the country experiencing huge funding shortfalls right now. It’s a time when the smallest of actions can make a real difference and, by working alongside Wakefield BID, there’s the potential for city centre businesses to make a big impact.
“When we set up Investors in Community, we wanted to create a way to unite individuals, businesses and charities in one place. It was also vital to us that 100 per cent of the money donated through our platform stays in the charity sector, so Wakefield BID members will know that every penny they raise or donate will go to those who need it most.
“Wakefield is the first BID in the country to use the platform in this way, with an ambition of creating a sustainable legacy via collaborative and meaningful initiatives. We hope to see more organisations of this kind following Wakefield’s lead.”
Wakefield BID joins a number of leading UK organisations that are helped by Investors in Community to manage their corporate social responsibility activity, including Balfour Beatty, Specsavers, Mansfield Building Society and Tomlinson Construction.