Focus on community

Businesses can have a considerable positive impact in their community for mutual benefit. There are lots of helpful tip sheets here for you to focus your efforts and make sure you have the best start to your community programme!

Templates and tip sheets

Community Overview

Getting Started

Find your responsible business sweet spot

2019 key dates calendar

Getting started with charitable giving

Getting started with volunteering


Business case for volunteering

Employee volunteering policy

Employee volunteering tips

Top tips for working with community partners

Volunteer day risk assessment

Volunteer of the year application form

Skilled volunteering – guide to becoming a trustee

Charity Partnerships

Charity selection process

Top tips for agreeing the details of a charity partnership and sample agreement

Sample charity partner application form

Charitable Giving

Event Fundraising – making it work for your business

Top tips for staff fundraising

Sample charitable giving policy

Sample match funded policy

Sample employee application for matched funding

Payroll giving – getting started

GivX template for measurement

Past events and webinars

Developing your Community Programme (March 2019)

Developing your Community Programme (Feb 2018)

Useful organisations or external resources

Corporate Giving (Financial)

The Funding Network  – A paid-for membership which supports non-profits driving social change through live crowdfunding events

The London Community Foundation – A community development charity dedicated to improving the lives of London’s most disadvantaged through fundraising

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – You can apply for a paid-for CAF company account which makes it easier for companies to donate to charity

The Fore – An open-access funder which makes it easier for businesses to decide what early-stage charities and social enterprises to fund

Association of Charitable Foundations – An annual subscription to be part of a membership association which supports the work of foundations and independent grant-making trusts

General Volunteering

Heart of the City ‘Find a Charity’ Map – You can now access a free map of London packed with information on local community needs and charities you can partner with

Group Volunteering

Benefacto – A paid-for online platform where employees can browse and book local volunteering opportunities in London

Semble (Project Dirt) –  A free platform which provides companies with access to thousands of projects, enabling them to invest in communities, engage employees and monitor the progress

Pilotlight –  Pilotlight runs a number of experiential learning programmes which involve business professionals collaborating to help a charity or social enterprise.

Time & Talents – Facilitates the placement of skilled employee volunteers within Westminster, provides free and paid for support

East London Business Alliance (ELBA) –  A paid-for service which builds the connection between businesses and local communities (Hackney, Greenwich, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest)

The Big Alliance – An employee volunteer programme to strengthen links between businesses and community organisations, schools, colleges and universities across Islington. This a free brokerage service for members in Islington through HotC

East End Community Foundation – Help match volunteers from businesses with local charities through their volunteer brokerage scheme (City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham)

STEM Ambassadors – Enables employees to do some volunteering using their STEM skills by offering time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers

Individual Volunteering

These free-to-search platforms allow you to find volunteering opportunities for individuals interested in donating their time and skills.


The Guardian Jobs

Reach Volunteering

Team Westminster

Online Fundraising Platforms

These platforms all allow you to create a fundraising web-page to take donations from your friends, family and colleagues, whether for a particular campaign or because you are participating in a fundraising event. Each charge different fees but offer broadly the same function. You can read more about comparing them here.

Virgin Money Giving

Work for Good

Just Giving

Local Giving

Pro bono

LawWorks (Solicitors) – A paid membership which connects volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice

UK Collaborative Plan for Pro bono (Solicitors) – A free platform for participating firms to collaborate with each other in order to improve access to justice through pro bono in the UK

Advocate (Barristers) – Allows barristers that are willing to donate their time and expertise to deserving cases for those who are unable to obtain legal aid and cannot afford to pay  (Free)


TrusteeWorks – Allows skills-based volunteers support charities as trustees, on short term projects or with an ongoing commitment

Getting on Board – A charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering. This is a paid-for service for individuals

Trustees Unlimited – Sources potential trustees from multiple channels including own database and through strategic partners (NCVO)

Trustee Finder – A free dedicated search portal for people interested in trusteeship

Volunteering in schools

Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership – Works with employers and schools to increase social mobility by building young people’s confidence, improving their skills and raising aspirations for the future (Tower Hamlets)

The Big Alliance – Mentoring Works matches business volunteers to students in London secondary schools and sixth forms for a 10-month period (Islington)

Camden Education Business Partnership – Develops links between schools, businesses and community organisations (Camden)

Latest news

Employee volunteering

How to make employee volunteering work for you (Jan 2018)

What charities want – employee volunteering (March 2018)

Lloyds of London, Michele Hawkins, gives her top tips for starting an employee volunteering programme (June 2017)

Top 10 tips for effective community engagement (May 2015)

Corporate Giving

The A-Z of Corporate Giving (July 2017)

Community Partnerships

Three ways SMEs can develop a successful community partnership (Feb 2018)

Member story: Pool Re and City Giving Day (Feb 2018)

Bees in the City: Supporting Communities and the Environment (July 2017)


Tackling communities and environmental issues has big benefits for business, but start small (July 2016)

Reports and research

Corporate Community Investment: Four Routes to Impact (July 2018)

Corporate Giving by the FTSE 100 (Jan 2018)

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