The Endeavour Partnership LLP (“the Firm”) recognises that a large number of charitable organisations rely heavily upon donations from the UK business sector and it appreciates the increasing difficulties many organisations face in raising much-needed funds. It is regrettable that we cannot support every application.
The purpose of this policy is to set out the principles of the Firm’s policy of giving to charitable organisations.
Selection and Support
The Firm is committed to working with the communities that we serve and supporting local charities which are compatible with the Firm’s position in the community. The Firm has adopted a formal charitable support policy and under this shall elect from time to time two to three “formal” good causes to whom it will provide ongoing support. It will also set out the basis on which support is considered and/or provided to other charities. This is to ensure consistent and effective charitable giving and avoid uncertainty.
The budget for charitable giving is set by the Finance Partner each financial year. This takes into account the amount committed to the charities (as decided by the Partners) to whom the Firm provides ongoing support, for example through its monthly or annual direct debit patronage payments.
Within the annual figure set by the Finance Partner, the Firm includes provision for smaller charitable donations that may be made on an ad hoc basis throughout the year. This is intended to accommodate requests from charities, clients, and/or contacts to donate by way of sponsorship or donating prizes for specific fundraising events.
The Firm has committed continuing ongoing support to the following charities;
- Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Association, as a Patron
- The Butterwick Hospice, as a corporate sponsor.
- The Prince’s Trust
- Coatham House (historic commitment to undertake legal work on a cost charge basis).
Charities to whom the firm provides ongoing support, and the continuation of such support, shall be considered as and when appropriate by the Partners.
In addition to charities to which the Firm provides ongoing support, the Firm may at its discretion choose to support other initiatives in terms of ‘one-off projects’ in any year. This may include agreeing to and promoting fundraising for the benefit of other charities with which the Firm may have a link or to collaborate with such other charities along with those to which it provides ongoing support.
Members of staff are also encouraged to nominate charities to whom the Firm might provide support (either on an ongoing or one-off project basis). These will be proposed by the nominated Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team for the consideration and approval of the Partners.
Supporting Other Charities
The Firm recognises that employees may wish to support charities that are personal to them as individuals. We are happy for individuals to seek sponsorship, sell raffle tickets, et cetera. for individual causes amongst work colleagues and/or by use of the blog.
The Firm is also happy to support established national fundraising events such as Children in Need, Jeans for Genes, and Comic/Sports Relief with appropriate staff engagement and organisation for such causes.
Requests for support should be made in writing in the first instance addressed to Nick Dent or Martin McKinnell at The Endeavour Partnership LLP, Tobias House, St Mark’s Court, Teesdale Business Park, Teesside TS17 6QW.
Providing Legal Advice To Charities
Any work undertaken for charities or a charitable organisation shall be charged at the Firm’s normal hourly charge out rates according to the level of fee earner instructed.
Any proposals for a discounted rate must be made in the first instance to the Finance Partner who may, at their discretion, liaise with the Partners before issuing a decision to the Fee Earner concerned.
The Firm encourages its employees to volunteer. They can volunteer through programs organised either internally or externally.
The Firm endorses its commitment to educational establishments within the communities which it serves.
The Firm sponsors the Toby Tilly Memorial Prize awarded to a student that achieves excellence in company law whilst studying at the University of Teesside.
Members of staff are also encouraged to accept seats on the boards of governors at state-maintained schools, academies, colleges, or other educational establishments.
Members of staff are permitted to attend meetings of the local governing body within normal working hours so as to contribute to the local community, use and develop skills in a boardroom level environment, and make a valuable contribution to children’s education, opportunities, and futures.
The policy will be reviewed every two years (commencing from the date of the policy) by the nominated Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team who will then make recommendations to the Partners.
Any queries in respect of this policy and or its application should be directed to the nominated Head of the Corporate Social Responsibility Team.