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News 2014

EECF Christmas Appeal reaches over 1,000 elders! 

19th December 2014


After over two weeks of gift wrapping, card writing and bag packing, EECF have made the final delivery for our Christmas Food Bag appeal in 2014. Over 1,000 elders received a package thanks to the help of over 120 volunteers from twelve companies.

Joan Stone who received a food bag from Northern Trust at the Community Resource Centre in Plaistow said: “It was very good and kind of [the volunteers] to think of us, deliver the goody bags, sing in our choir and be a part of our Christmas party.”

Mr John Cooper who was also at the centre commented: “The party went off with a swing and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. One of the main highlights for me was receiving my Christmas goody bag from Northern Trust – I was very pleased with this. I also enjoyed dancing with one of the volunteers from Credit Suisse, to the Christmas song, White Christmas.”

Our thanks to British Airways, Canary Wharf Group, Credit Suisse, FCA, Hermes, Jones Lang La Salle, LBIA, McGraw Hill Financial, Northern Trust, Société Générale, TD Securities and Valero for their support.

You can still donate though our online giving page for a few more weeks. We will use funds to support activities for isolated elders throughout the year such as tea dances and coach trips to the seaside.

To see a selection of our best images from our Christmas deliveries click through to our Facebook page.

London Dock Community Fund Launched this week

12th December 2014

Councillor Denise Jones, Chief Executive of EECF Tracey Walsh and Managing Director of St George, Craig Carson

On 10th December St George City Ltd launched the London Dock Community Fund. The Fund will be distributing £18,000 per year in grants through EECF to local community organisations to help make the local area around the London Dock development a better place to live, work and visit.

Representatives from local community groups came to Studio Spaces in Pennington Street to hear Craig Carson, Managing Director of St George and Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of EECF speak about how the fund will help organisations in the area.

There are three themes under which community groups can apply for funding: small grants, greening the ward and summer programmes. The next deadline for Small Grants and Greening the Ward is 9th February 2015 and for the Summer Programme 13th April 2015.

For full details of the programme visit the grants page on our website or speak to the EECF Grants Team on 020 7345 4444 or email

Generous gifts from Canary Wharf workers helps to give Christmas Food Bags a boost

9th December 2014

EECF have had a fantastic start to the second week of Christmas Food Bag delivery as staff at the Financial Conduct Authority donated a mountain of food to help boost our stock. 

Volunteers from Credit Suisse visited the Annie and Sam Cohen Day Centre in Hackney; TD Securities dropped into Leander Court in Hackney and the Financial Conduct Authority enjoyed meeting the elders at the Toynbee Day Centre in Tower Hamlets. 

The grand total of bags and Christmas gifts delivered now stands at just under 500 and we have a busy week ahead to look forward to.

It is still not too late to help the appeal; you can donate online here.

Volunteer Elves bring Christmas Cheer to elders in the East End

5th December 2014

The spirit of Christmas giving was in the air this week as an army of elf-eared volunteers from Société Générale, Waitrose, Canary Wharf Group, Northern Trust and British Airways packed and delivered essential cupboard staples and Christmas gifts to local elders as part of EECF’s Annual Christmas Food Bags Appeal.

So far, thanks to the generous support of local businesses and members of the public, over £3,400 has been raised and over 300 bags delivered to vulnerable residents in nursing homes and day care centres across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.

Local resident Judy Stephenson, whose husband suffers with dementia, wrote to thank the volunteers who came to Russia Lane earlier this week, saying: “yesterday [my husband] came home with a large shopping bag full of food… and a booklet about being a ‘dementia friend’. Please thank the staff, and thank you for organising this... the bag will remain useful long after we shall have eaten the goodies!”

EECF would also like to thank the fantastic volunteers from Credit Suisse who helped at the Chargeable Lane Christmas Party this week. Over 70 local elders and vulnerable adults with learning disabilities enjoyed a slap up Christmas meal and entertainment, as well as receiving a food bag present.

There is still another week of Christmas deliveries to go and the target this year is to deliver 800 bags. It is still not too late to help the appeal; you can donate online here.


Christmas Food Bags off to a great start

 2nd December 2014 

Our Annual Christmas Food Bags campaign has got off to a great start as volunteers from LBIA and Credit Suisse helped deliver over 100 bags to day centres and residential homes in Newham and Tower Hamlets.

Volunteers from LBIA visited the Russia Lane Day Centre in Bethnal Green and Credit Suisse the SubCo Trust in Plaistow and Pat Shaw House in Stepney.

We would also like to thank the fantastic volunteers from Canary Wharf Group who helped at our Exchange Project Toy Sale today and also to Hermes for donating goods and helping us to prepare.

The Exchange Project lends pre-owned baby goods such as children’s clothes, toys, pushchairs, cots and books to families in Tower Hamlets. Every year we run a Toy Sale to help make Christmas a little less stressful for families on low incomes, with prices for nearly new toys starting as little as £1.00. The £470 raised from this year’s sale will be used to support the work of the Exchange Project in 2015.

For more information about volunteering through EECF contact Giselle de Castro, or phone 020 7345 4444.  

Celebrating 100 years of Community Foundations

26th November 2014

On 26th November community foundations across the UK are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the community foundation movement. Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, made a personal video for the centenary, praising the work of community foundations as a vehicle for community giving.

The first community foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, was born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio when banker and lawyer Frederick H. Goff hatched the idea of a ‘community trust’ to pool the charitable resources of Cleveland’s philanthropists into a permanent endowment for the ‘betterment of the city’. Now, 100 years on, there are over 1,800 community foundations across the globe, including 48 across the UK.

EECF will be celebrating our anniversary in 2015, marking 25 years dedicated to improving opportunities for people in the East End. We are one of the largest endowed community foundations in the UK, with resources exceeding £17 million, and since 1990 we have distributed over £20 million in grants to community projects. It is really exciting to look back on all that has been achieved so far, but, through we have seen significant change and economic growth in East London, clearly not all people living here have been able to benefit from its transformation.

We continue to uphold the ideals of inspiring philanthropy, encouraging communal giving and providing firm foundations for growth that characterised the first community foundations.

Whether you are a local business or simply a person who wants to make a difference in London’s East End, why not speak to our Development Manager Eva Zeeb for more information about how EECF’s philanthropy team could help enable you to give back to and invest in your local community. Contact or phone 020 7345 4550.

Generous shoppers give nearly £700 to help East End elders this Christmas

25th November 2014

Generous Christmas shoppers have given nearly £700 to EECF’s Annual Christmas Food Bag campaign, bringing the total raised so far to over £2,200.

Volunteers from local businesses Canary Wharf Group Plc, Clifford Chance, Hermes, Land Securities and WIG supported the campaign by collecting donations in the Canada Place mall last Thursday. Six trolleys of food and festive treats were also donated by staff and customers of Canary Wharf Waitrose.

The donations will be used to deliver bags of essential goods to elders across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets throughout December. Reducing social isolation is a really important priority for EECF; there are currently around a quarter of a million Londoners aged over 80 and studies of deprived East London neighbourhoods found that rates of loneliness among older people were twice the national average.

Last year we raised over £9,000 and delivered 700 bags of essential goods to elders across Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. With your help, this year we hope to do even more and deliver over 800 bags.

Just £15 is enough cover the cost of purchasing, packing and distributing a bag of essentials, including tinned soup and vegetables and a sweet Christmas treat. It is still not too late to help the appeal; donate online here.

Its 100 Club Christmas in Canary Wharf

13th November 2014

EECF unveiled an eye-catching display in Canary Wharf yesterday to raise awareness about our fantastic new initiative, the 100 Club. Situated in one of London’s busiest shopping centres, this is a fantastic opportunity to reach out to Christmas shoppers and commuters over the festive season. If you are passing through do stop by to take a look! The window is situated on Jubilee Walk in the Canada Place shopping mall.

Our 100 Club enables people who are passionate about making a difference in deprived communities to come together and support the most effective local education, employment and community projects across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham. Click here to find out more.


100 Club Launched at Level 39

21st October 2014

Lorraine Cavanagh OBE and Ian Fisher

On 16th October EECF launched the 100 Club, our new and unique philanthropy group for East London. The 100 Club enables people who are passionate about making a difference in deprived communities to come together and support the most effective local education, employment and community projects across Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.

Guests including Jim Fitzpatrick MP came to Level 39 in Canary Wharf to hear how the 100 Club enables members to achieve the greatest possible benefit for the local community by giving collectively.

Ian Fisher, founding member of the 100 Club and trustee of EECF told those present:  “In banking we have something called syndication, when we group together the commitments of investors … and this is really the idea behind the 100 Club. By pooling resources we can make a bigger difference and have a bigger impact.”

Lorraine Cavanagh OBE, Chief Executive of Docklands Settlement, agreed that collective giving is more effective for local charities, saying: “If you were to donate a £1,000 to a kids club that would buy them lots more equipment… and if you’re lucky one trip to the seaside. But if the kids club was given £10,000 that would buy an extra worker that would enable another 10 children to attend [and] another 10 parents on low incomes to get back into work or training.”

Each 100 Club member will pledge £1,000 per year, with 100% of their donation being used for charitable purposes. Addressing current and future needs, half of the donation will be used immediately, and half will be invested in a permanent endowment with the income to be used to make grants to East End charities forever. For a limited time, members that sign up before the end of October 2014 will have 50% of their donation match-funded thanks to a government endowment building scheme.

100% of all donations made through the 100 Club will be used for charitable activity and members will receive regular reports about projects they have supported at exclusive events. The Club aims to attract 100 members by October 2015, within one year of its launch.

For more information about how to join, contact Holly, Philanthropy Coordinator via or call 020 7345 4552 

EECF Launch First Vital Signs Report

10th October 2014

Megan Ryburn, EECF CEO Tracey Walsh and Professor Cathy McIlwaine

On 9th October EECF launched our first Vital Signs research report, supported by Queen Mary University. Vital Signs provides a snapshot of the East End in 2014, drawing on local statistics, knowledge and the views and aspirations of local people, to provide a ‘health check’ of social issues in the area.

Professor Cathy McIlwaine, Professor of Geography at Queen Mary University of London, and Megan Ryburn, PhD Researcher in the School of Geography and School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London presented their findings at our Lunchtime Learning event, revealing that London’s East End appears to be doing well in terms of its economy, arts and culture in comparison with other parts of the UK but employment, fairness and diversity, and housing are in desperate need of help.

Vital Signs reports are produced annually in various regions of the country to act as guides to local charitable giving by measuring social trends and issues. They pull together existing research and combine this with a community consultation, to gain a full picture of the issues in particular regions.

Vital Signs is part of an ongoing piece of work; we will be addressing our community’s vital issues by working collaboratively with donors and targeting philanthropic resources at essential local projects.

Click here to find out more about Vital Signs.

90 pupils benefit from EECF careers event at Bow School

10th October 2014

On the morning of 9th October, 90 year 9 pupils from Bow School Tower Hamlets enjoyed the opportunity to meet volunteers from a wide variety of career backgrounds and learn about the various different paths available on the journey to employment.

Volunteers from Writerz & Scribez ran a marketing workshop which helped pupils to understand marketing techniques through a series of games and activities. Jemilea Wisdom, Creative Director of Writerz & Scribez said the event was “an awesome way to inspire the younger generation”.

Maria Lenn, CEO of Suited & Booted, took part in a fun session which enabled pupils to discern the job titles of volunteers through a quick-fire Q&A. She said the day was “a stimulating, engaging event meeting young students eager to find out about possible career opportunities”.

EECF would like to extend thanks to the 27 volunteers and Bow School teaching staff who helped to make the event happen. Companies that took part included Clifford Chance, Dynamic Eclipse Arts, East End Homes, Financial Conduct Authority, KHWS, Lightspeed GMI, Suited & Booted, UCL, Valero and Writerz & Scribz.

For more information about volunteering with EECF contact Kate Fenton, Programme Manager via or phone 020 7345 4445.

Valero Win Corporate Quiz

30th September 2014

On 29th September twelve teams from around the Wharf battled it out at Clifford Chance in an effort to claim the annual EECF charity quiz title. After several tough rounds of questioning, the team from Valero Energy Corporation named ‘Last Stand at the Alamo’ were declared the winners.

Among the other teams taking part were: Canary Wharf Group, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, FCA, Lafarge, LBIA, LittleJohn, NG Bailey and Restaurant Associates. This was also the first year that EECF submitted a staff team, finishing respectably in the middle ranks.

Over £3,500 was raised on the night thanks to ticket sales and proceeds from the bar. All of the money raised from the event will go to EECF funded projects that help disadvantaged people across London’s East End.

Tracey Walsh, CEO of EECF said: “We would like to extend our thanks once again to Clifford Chance for hosting our annual quiz and to all the teams for supporting the event; our strong relationship with local companies in Canary Wharf and beyond has helped improve opportunities for local people but we need to see more businesses come on board. Coming together to tackle the widening gap between the rich and poor really is the most effective way for businesses to support the community.”

If you haven’t had enough of quizzing, EECF will be hosting a Pub Quiz Night from 6pm at Henry’s Bar, West India Quay on Wed 29th Oct 2014. Tickets are £10 each and include food and a 20% drinks discount. 6 people per team. Contact to book tickets.

Local Businesses Visit Projects Funded by Newham Giving

8th August 2014

On Thursday 7th August EECF welcomed representatives from Newham Council, Clifford Chance, Northern Trust, Lend Lease and Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP) to Newham to meet local organisations Beckton Skills Centre and West Silvertown Foundation who received funding for their children’s summer holiday activities through the Newham Giving grants programme.

Beckton Skills Centre runs the Build 'it' project, a summer scheme aimed at 14-19 year olds that enables young people to build and refurbish go-karts. The project has a lasting benefit for the young people involved; visitors heard how participants in the summer scheme develop their employability and life skills and can work towards City & Guilds awards in Motor Vehicle Maintenance providing avenues for further training and future career prospects.

Thanks to West Silvertown Foundation, over 80 young people from Britannia Village have enjoyed a fun-packed summer of sports, arts, crafts, drama, games and outings. Teens from the local area develop their leadership, teamwork and communication skills by being Young Leaders for the programme. Dave Mann expressed his thanks to Newham Giving donors, who were sole funders for the ‘BelieVe in Better’ project. He explained that the West Silvertown Foundation has been instrumental in transforming the Britannia Village area over the past few years, providing outlets to discourage anti-social behaviour and crime amongst local young people.

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of EECF, said: “We are delighted to support these local community groups as our experience shows excellent summer programmes like these can significantly improve motivation at school and reduce anti-social behaviour. With the support of local businesses we hope to expand the programme over the next year to benefit even more young people in Newham.”

We would like to extend our thanks to Ivan McDougall from Beckton Skills Centre and to Dave Mann and Steve Allgood from West Silverton Foundation for making us so welcome.

Newham Giving is an initiative led by EECF and supported by the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, which enables donors of all sizes to give collectively to tackle specific local community issues. EECF distributed over £50,000 worth of grants through Newham Giving in 2014, combining their own funds with generous donations from the Royal Docks Trust, Canary Wharf Group, BLP and Clifford Chance.

We are seeking funders to support next year’s programme. If your business is interested in supporting grassroots organisations in Newham, get in touch with Eva ( to find out more. 

Runners fundraise for EECF at the Run Hackney Half-Marathon

24th June 2014


On Sunday 22nd June a group of nearly 40 runners completed the first ever Hackney Half Marathon for EECF. Together they have already raised £11,000 for the Hackney Giving Fund to help fund local, grassroots projects in the borough. 

EECF were delighted to be the local charity partner for Run Hackney. Over 12,500 people pounded the pavements of Hackney on what proved to be a blisteringly hot day. Starting on Hackney Marshes, the route took in the borough’s big landmarks and also passed through the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was fantastic to see the crowds lining the streets and cheering on the runners – one resident of Cadogan Terrace proved very popular for using his garden hose to cool down the athletes as they passed by his house!

EECF runner and local Hackney resident Ruth Heenan came up with an innovative fundraising idea; starting the race wearing 13 T-shirts, she ‘stripped’ one off for each mile, asking local businesses to sponsor each tee. She said: I'm supporting the EECF as living in Hackney has given me a real sense of community, one that I did not expect when I moved to London. I want to help the EECF to ensure help for those affected by social isolation and poverty.’

EECF would like to thank Ruth and all the other EECF runners that took part; because of their efforts grassroots organisations in Hackney will be able to do even more for local people. We also extend special thanks to the EECF volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly.

All funds raised at Run Hackney Half-Marathon will be given to Hackney Giving. Hackney Giving is a local-giving fund that provides a simple and effective way for local residents, employees, businesses and philanthropists to support charities in the borough. By running a grants programme, providing volunteering opportunities and hosting exciting live crowd funding events Hackney Giving supports local, grassroots projects that a difference in the local community.  

To find out more about how you could fundraise for EECF contact Kate Fenton via phone on 020 7345 4444 or email

EECF Tower Hamlets Community Tour

4th June 2014 

On Thursday 29th May a group of EECF supporters saw first-hand some of the exciting projects happening in the borough of Tower Hamlets, visiting the Apprenticeship Programme at the Royal London Hospital, SPLASH and EECF’s Annual Elders’ Tea Dance at George Green’s School.

The first stop of the tour was at the Royal London Hospital to meet past and present trainees of EECF’s Business Administration Apprenticeship Scheme. Tour guests were greeted by Kaylie Devlin, who completed the programme last year. It was wonderful to hear how the apprenticeship scheme gave Kaylie a direction and purpose for her future career. She explained that despite completing her A-levels she had very little relevant work experience, applying for several jobs without success. The training offered by the Apprentice scheme boosted her confidence and allowed her to gain relevant skills, leading to full-time employment with the NHS. 

The next stop of the tour was a visit to Wigram House and the Devitt House Community Garden, projects run by SPLASH (South Poplar and Limehouse Action for Secure Housing). Guests were greeted by Sister Christine and Nazma Begum who explained some of the difficulties faced in the region and also highlighted successes of the SPLASH programmes. Wigram House provide a variety of opportunities to encourage local residents to socialise and improve their language skills as well as enhancing employability through improving CV-writing skills and financial acumen. 

The final stop on the tour was a visit to the EECF Elders Tea Dance. The Tea Dance brought together elderly local residents to give them the opportunity to socialise with people from different cultural and social backgrounds. The event was held at George Green’s School and was supported by volunteers from Valero and Barclays. It was fantastic to see our tour guests on the dance floor with the elders, swinging to the sound of the Bublé brothers, the live musicians.

The community tour was attended by representatives from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Land Securities, Société Générale and the Whitehall and Industry Group. EECF would also like to extend our thanks to Kevin Garay, Sadia Ahmed and Kaylie Devlin of the Barts Health NHS Trust and Sister Christine, Nazma Begum and Mandy Molyneux of SPLASH.

EECF are planning further community tours later this year in Hackney and Newham. Local businesses and individuals wishing to see the work of the projects we support are most welcome to attend.

To register your interest please contact Eva-Maria Zeeb our Fundraising and Development Manager via email or phone 020 7345 4550. 

EECF's Tower Hamlets Annual Tea Dance a Great Success

There was another record turnout for the annual tea dance hosted by EECF in Tower Hamlets, on 29th May 2014. It was a great success with around 160 people turning out to enjoy an afternoon of fun, chat, dance and the chance to make new friends.

Sponsored by Barclays and the energy company Valero, the dance took place at the George Greens School on the Isle of Dogs. The theme for this year’s party was ‘summer’; the school hall was transformed with bunting and balloons and party guests also wore their best hats decorated with summer flowers. The event has a tradition of uniting workers from local businesses with the local community and bringing different generations together.

George Green’s School, Valero and Barclays provided all of the volunteers who helped to set up the room, serve tea, dance with and chat to the guests. Beth McIlroy, a volunteer from Valero said: “The room looks awesome. I volunteered here today because I wanted to do something involved with the elderly and I love tea, so this was perfect.”

84 year-old Doris Gould and her friend, 87 year-old Golda Angel-Spiro were among the guests. Doris said, “I go to art classes and on coach trips and I’m always out and about… but [the tea party] is fun as lots of us can get together at the same time.”

Golda agreed that the tea party was a great way to make friends, saying: “I am pretty house-bound since my stroke, I have my iPad and I’m on Facebook, but it’s great to be able to get out and meet people. They’ll push my wheelchair onto the dance-floor later so I can get into the thick of it.”

After tea, cakes and sandwiches, guests danced away the afternoon to music, old and new, provided by the singers, the Bublé Brothers, Darren James and James Dyer.

Leonie Mann from Barclays said: “This was such a great opportunity to get out into the local community. We can dust off our dancing shoes, and it’s nice to use our banking brains to count steps instead of figures.”

A new way of giving for Newham

10 April 2014

A new programme was launched by today to raise funds for summer activities in Newham. 

Newham Giving gives donors of all sizes the opportunity to collectively tackle local community issues. The money raised from Newham Giving will used to fund established youth organisations to deliver a comprehensive summer activities programme, designed in consultation with local youth.  The programme hopes to support creative activities that address local need, and will include playschemes and some evening provision for older young people. Foundation and supported by Newham Council, was attended by Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, Lend Lease, Royal Docks Trust, Britvic Soft Drinks, Tate & Lyle, East Thames Housing and West Ham FC.

Tracey Walsh, Chief Executive of EECF, said “Building on the success of our Hackney Giving model we decided to expand the scheme into Newham. It’s a great way for organisations and residents that want to give back to the local community to contribute in a meaningful way.  There is a gap for more summer activities that compliments Newham Council’s current provision.  Summer activities can improve motivation at school, provide a safe space for children that they might not have that at home and reduce anti-social behaviour. We are so confident that this scheme will be successful, EECF is donating £25,000 of its own money towards Newham Giving.”

Eric Sorenson, Chairman of the Royal Docks Trust, pledged £15,000 towards the programme at the event. The Royal Docks Trust has been active in Newham for a number of years and he said “We are excited to be able to donate money to something that not only addresses a real need, but will make an impact on the local youth.”

Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, also pledged his support for the scheme, “Newham Giving ensures that there is a co-ordinated approach to giving and is complementary to what we as a Council are doing for our residents.   Providing the best opportunities for our children and young people is a priority, and the appeal of working with EECF is its strong track record of funding Summer Programmes.”

The scheme is intended to be ongoing, with feedback from the programmes this year, feeding into next year.  Tracey Walsh stated that the ambition was for it to eventually become a “Holiday Programme” with activities taking place over half-term and Easter holidays too.

Canary Wharf Group is also backing the programme with a donation of £2,000, and EECF is appealing to local businesses to help create and develop the programme so that even more services can be provided for the children and young people of Newham.

For details on how you can apply, please click here.

EECF emphasises the importance of working in partnership

21 March 2014

“We want to listen to your ideas for tackling deprivation across the East End and help you deliver them through our local knowledge and great delivery skills. We like working in partnership with corporates, local authorities and community groups.”

Mark Gibson, EECF’s Chairman, was speaking at EECF’s annual Business Breakfast, hosted at Clifford Chance on 21 March. More than 35 representatives from companies across Canary Wharf and the City came together to find out how working in partnership can make an impact on the lives of local people in the East End. He went on to talk about some of the ways companies can become involved with EECF, “We have supported fifty young people into Business Apprenticeships this year, but we need further support as we aim to support 60 people into apprenticeships during the year ahead.” He also asked for companies to consider taking on apprentices in their catering departments, to build on the highly successful Hospital & Catering Apprenticeship programme, originally started with support from Clifford Chance.

Ian Fisher, Chief Country Officer and Head of Coverage and Investment Banking in the UK at Societe Generale, outlined why his company had become involved with Hackney Giving and its commitment to the borough of Hackney. Hackney Giving is a new way of supporting small grassroots organisations to achieve better employment and training opportunities and community wellbeing.

Guests also heard about plans to replicate the Hackney Giving model in Newham.   Mark Gibson said, “Due to the high level of children and young people in Newham the priority for Newham Giving’s 2014 programme is Positive Summer Activities, with the aim of providing meaningful programmes and raising motivation.”

Calling on more businesses and individuals to get involved, EECF’s new philanthropic club, the 100 Club, was also announced. This will enable members to support and engage with local charities while meeting and networking with other philanthropists.

The breakfast ended with a call for companies to work in partnership more to address local issues The companies that attended were: Allen & Overy, Canary Wharf Contractors, Canary Wharf Group, Clifford Chance, Credit Suisse, Financial Conduct Authority, Hawkins/Brown Architects, Hermes Fund Managers, J.B. Riney & Co, Land Securities Group, LBIA, Littlejohn LLP, Message Consultants, Morgan Stanley, Northern Trust, RBC Capital Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Societe Generale, State Street, TD Securities, Thames Clippers, Whitehall & Industry Group and Valero Energy, as well as local MP’s Jim Fitzpatrick and Stephen Timms.

Hackney Giving Launch

12 February 2014

On 11th February an exciting new initiative for Hackney was launched. Hackney Giving is a new giving fund run by Hackney Council for Voluntary Services and EECF.

Hackney Giving has spent time establishing the key issues facing local residents and will focus on the following themes:

  • improving financial wellbeing through employment opportunities
  • nurturing entrepreneurship and improving employability
  • bringing people together through sports, social activities, cultural events and the arts
  • promoting community participation, and
  • improving health and wellbeing.

It distributes funds to small grassroots organisations in two ways: the Small Grants Programme provides grants to local charities that support employment & training and wellbeing & inclusion, and via Hackney Live, a crowdfunding event, where organisations can pitch for money for their projects. 

On the evening of the launch, Hackney Giving Live, in partnership with The Funding Network, gave three local charities six minutes each to pitch for funding for their project to a local crowd. Creative LifestyleSt Mary's Secret Garden and Hackney Shed all received funding for their projects.

You can watch the videos of the pitches here.

For details on how to apply, please click here.