Helping people thrive

Businesses across London - join EECF for breakfast at the Sky Garden

30th June 2017

Image: Guests at the Sky Garden / Credit: EECF

On Thursday 29th June 2017 over 80 guests gathered at the Sky Garden of 20 Fenchurch Street for continental breakfast to learn more about how East End Community Foundation supports businesses to achieve their social responsibility goals through our philanthropy and community investment services.

EECF’s Chair, Howard Dawber, welcomed guests to the event, saying: “Something we all have in common is a vested interest in East London; we all work, live or are developing here. We all want our presence in the East End to be a positive one and we want local people to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that our businesses and organisations are creating… Let’s work together to have a co-ordinated and strategic approach to strengthening communities in East London.”

We were delighted to be joined by Praveen Joynathsing of Lyxor Asset Management -a wholly owned subsidiary of the Société Générale Group - who spoke to guests about how EECF helped establish the Société Générale Community Fund and how this helps achieve the company’s global philanthropic objectives at a local level.

EECF helped Société Générale set up a £100,000 fund with monies released from dormant client accounts, in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. The Société Générale Community Fund supports young people aged 13-25 years, resident in the boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets, on their journey into the world of work by improving their educational development, especially through sport, arts or cultural activities and improving their literacy.

We also welcomed Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability at Landsec, who spoke about the 20 Fenchurch Street Legacy Fund and its impressive collective community impact.

The 20FSLF combines resources from building occupiers and contractors and voluntary donations from visitors to the building’s Sky Garden to award grants to not-for-profit organisations which support people living in the boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and City of London into employment. The fund also creates a lasting legacy by investing part of the funds it raises in an endowment, providing funding for the local community in perpetuity.

Since launching in July 2015 the Fund has awarded £194,920.00 to 7 local community projects and supported an incredible 165 local people into work. This year we expect to be able to help 300 extra people access employment training and support through over 3,000 hours of training.

EECF would like to offer our thanks to the 20 Fenchurch Street Partnership – Canary Wharf Group plc and Landsec - for use of the incredible Sky Garden space and to CCLA and Rhubarb for supporting us with sponsorship for the event.

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