Founders, Major Donors and Companies
Like any new organisation, One Community requires founders to provide initial investment. These can be either individuals or businesses which are willing to make a funding commitment to One Community.
As a Founder you will be part of an exclusive group with permanent recognition for your initiative in helping One Community become established. As part of the current Use It or Lose It campaign, your donation will also attract matched funding, which with Gift Aid, will more than double its impact in most cases.
Major Donor Funds
Anyone who makes a major donation to One Community has the option of turning their gift into a personal or company named fund, and can specify the types of organisations and people they want to support. For example, you might want to only help organisations in the Mirfield area. That’s fine. Or perhaps you want your donation to only benefit art groups across Kirklees? No problem. Our aim is provide a flexible, personal service to major donors, making local giving easy. We will ensure your donation is used in the most effective way, helping support the people and organisations that matter to you.
As a Major Donor, you will receive regular reports on the activity of your fund and invitations to special One Community events. Both Major donors and Founders can also have a page on our web site and can receive regular coverage in the local media when community organisations receive grants.
For individuals and companies that want to make a major donation but cannot afford to contribute fully at present, there is also the option of creating an Acorn Fund, in which donors can pledge a significant amount but can also build up their fund in installments over several years. The fund will be allowed to grow over time, with the addition of several either ad-hoc or regular donations before being used to provide grant aid.
Companies can create their own funds and can set out how and where they would like to focus their giving. The process of fund management and grant giving is managed by One Community, which allows companies more time to get involved by visiting projects and attending award evenings.
This process provides a structured way for companies to make a difference in their local communities. It means that when local groups approach you for funding, you will be able to refer them to One Community. We can also add value by managing your giving alongside our other community funds.
Having a named company fund provides a great focal point for in-house fundraising and every year a report will be produced outlining how grants have been allocated, with pictures and background information about the recipients to show shareholders, staff, customers and suppliers how your company supports the local community.
By building a partnership with the foundation, you can achieve your corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives on many levels. While each corporate relationship usually has a financial contribution at its heart, other objectives may relate to PR or focus on involving staff in community activity.
Organisations with active community policies develop an enhanced reputation in the local community. This can present new opportunities for business, help endorse your brand at a local level, have positive effects on staff morale and employee retention, and attract new employees.
If you want to find out more about any of the above we can arrange a meeting for you to tailor your own giving. Please contact us for more details.