A note from Sarah: Do more together

We love collaboration at Heart of the City. As a small team we know we need to work with others to make a difference. We rely on our fantastic team of expert contributors and partners across London to reach out and support more companies each year.

And our member companies too can achieve much more through partnering with others.

You’re probably familiar with some very effective charity / corporate partnerships but companies working with other companies can mean the impact of your responsible business work can be so much greater.

Five years ago Heart of the City worked with major companies across London to develop some common resources for schools. The jointly-developed and high quality Schools2Business resources were used by all partners across London schools. More recently, UBS, Societe Generale and Linklaters worked together with East London Business Alliance to set up the joint project Hackney East which supports unemployed people back into work.

So what can smaller companies do in partnership to have a greater impact in 2019?

Two partnership ideas to think about for 2019:

  • Raise more money for your cause by pooling your funding: £200 is a welcome donation for any charity, but what if you could work with other companies who also want to support it and raise £2,000 or even £20,000? The good news is that there are lots of schemes to help you do this in London. You may have a local giving scheme bringing together local donors to tackle local issues; the London Community Foundation pools funding and manages grants across the capital. The Funding Network runs fun, collaborative, live crowdfunding events, and The Fore pools funding to support smaller charities.
  • Work with others in your building / area to reduce your environmental impact. Could you move to more energy efficient lighting across your entire building, work with your landlords to source excellent recycling services or run some joint cycling facilities?

Happy collaborating!

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