Heart of the City was launched in 2000 as a joint initiative of the Bank of England, City of London Corporation and Financial Service Authority.
At our inception, we sought to mobilise the City’s resources towards its neighbouring and less privileged communities. Although a nascent kind of community involvement was already operating in the City, our founding co-President Lord Eddie George, together with the Lord Mayor, felt there was scope for making these programmes more sophisticated.
Our idea was to provide a good practice guide for City businesses and to make it easy for them to maximise the impact of their community investments. The hope was, and still is, that in celebrating and sharing good work, other businesses would be motivated to improve upon their own community programmes, or indeed to start one from scratch.
Now over 15 years on, we are pursuing similar aims in the wider field of Corporate Social Responsibility, and working with businesses across the capital, celebrating our growth and success, and setting new targets to improve into the future.
Since our inception, we have been housed by our main funder, the City of London Corporation. We are additionally funded by City Bridge Trust to expand our work across London. Our strategic direction and Governance is determined by our Board of Director-Trustees.