Many local businesses work with us to help them to achieve their charitable and community aims. Whether you have a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy in place or not, we can offer you a simple, flexible and effective way of making a real difference in your community.
For those businesses wanting to get involved in charitable giving, finding the time to research where the greatest areas of need are and deciding how best to manage the governance and administration of grant-giving can be a real barrier.
Running your charitable corporate giving programme through a community foundation is a great way to deliver real impact and help those most in need. We can work with you to tailor your funding programme and find the best way to involve you and your staff in the process, and of course to publically recognise your support.
There are a number of ways that businesses like yours can partner with Heart of Bucks for your charitable giving.
Named fund: We can work with you to establish a corporate grant programme targeted on the areas that are most important to you and your staff.
Sponsorship: From the production of publications, such as our Annual Review; supporting events, including our annual golf day or supporter reception; or providing us with your core product or services, there are multiple ways you can support our charitable work. Sponsoring Heart of Bucks helps us to keep our operating costs to a minimum and ensures that more money reaches those who need it most, whilst also raising the sponsor’s profile throughout Buckinghamshire.
Fundraising: If your organisation is celebrating a big anniversary or milestone, why not mark it by setting a fundraising challenge? From coffee mornings to marathons, Heart of Bucks can work with you to distribute funds raised and highlight the real difference this makes to local communities.
EXPERT SUPPORT AND ADVICE
We provide a structured and managed approach to corporate giving, offering practical advice on the different options available to channel charitable funds. Your business can maintain control, yet reduce the administrative aspect of giving.
If you already have a clear idea about the types of causes, charities or areas you would like to support, or have specific organisational priorities that you would like to reflect, we can help match up your priorities with local groups in need of funding.
If you’re not at that stage yet, we can work with you to tailor your giving strategy in-line with your own corporate aspirations, matching your organisation with the causes you care about, either in your chosen area of Buckinghamshire or county-wide.
Our knowledgeable team will work with you, drawing on local research to help you and your staff learn more about areas of priority within the county. We will also work with you to establish the fund criteria which helps to guide applicants when applying.
B P Collins is a law firm based in Gerrards Cross. They wanted a process that enabled all of their staff to be involved in supporting the local community.
Groups are invited to apply for the B P Collins fund once a year. The applications are shortlisted to five charities and those groups invited to the B P Collins offices to meet the staff and discuss their projects. The staff then have an opportunity vote for the ones they’d like to support. Each shortlisted charity gets a portion of the fund depending on the number of votes received. B P Collins, where possible, keep in contact with the charity to see how the money is being used to support their project. Updates are reported to staff and also used to promote the work of the charities on social media.
“B P Collins has had a charitable fund with Heart of Bucks since 2015. Through our partnership we have helped many local charities. Some of these are causes which don’t grab the headlines but make such a vital and, at times, life-saving contribution to people or communities. Our law firm is passionate about helping those in need in the local area and Heart of Bucks helps us to achieve that.”
Gina Connell, Head of Business Development & Marketing
Rectory Homes is a property development company based in Aylesbury Vale. Owners Simon and Sarah Vickers wanted to give something back to their local community by supporting organisations in their district.
The Rectory Homes fund has its own panel which takes place twice a year. This allows Simon and Sarah to be actively involved in the decision-making process, along with representatives from their staff.
“We have been involved with Heart of Bucks since 2008. As a Company and on a personal basis we were often approached directly by charities and worthwhile causes and how to decide what to give and to whom was a very difficult choice to make.
Heart of Bucks have successfully taken away the worry of getting money to the core of where it is needed. Not only do we have confidence in the applications that apply to our fund as they are suitably vetted, but we also know we are reaching people who we normally would not be able to help.
We have also been quite specific about how we would like our monies used and Heart of Bucks have listened and acted upon our criteria. As a Company that is based in and operates in Buckinghamshire we can wholeheartedly recommend Heart of Bucks as the vehicle to direct your charitable aims if you would like them to be applied to your local area.”
Simon and Sarah Vickers, Rectory Homes Limited