Working with Businesses

Islington Giving works closely with businesses of various sizes and sectors to help them engage with their local community.

By hosting fundraising events, participating in challenges, volunteering and donating money, our local business partners give back to Islington in a way that works for them.

To read more about some of the businesses who give back to Islington click here.

Macquarie Group and the Macquarie Group Foundation: Investing in Islington

Macquarie’s European Head Office sits just inside the borders of the Borough of Islington. The company has a culture based on ideas, constant evolution and inclusion.  It likes to back good ideas and innovation.

When the ground-breaking proposal for an integrated placed-based philanthropy campaign led by a coalition of local, national and international funders was mooted – with its bold ambition to raise £3 million in three years – it appealed to Macquarie’s sense of investing in infrastructure and innovation. Importantly, the proposal also held the real prospect of shared-value and long-term impact for the local people who need it most.

The Macquarie Group Foundation became a founding funder for the BIG (Businesses for Islington Giving) Alliance in 2012, helping the campaign achieve the initial £3 million fundraising goal.  Our collaboration has developed over the years and Macquarie has invested almost three-quarters of a million pounds into the Borough to date.

The BIG Alliance matches the skills of businesses volunteers with community organisations, charities and schools who are looking for capacity building support, mentoring and employability skills.  The results are significant, with 16 business now engaged in the alliance, more than 40 organisations supported along with most of the secondary schools and all campuses for City and Islington College. Each year thousands of volunteers are deployed from BIG Alliance partners around the borough to work directly with front-line organisations helping to alleviate poverty and isolation, and working with young people.

Macquarie’s people continue to support Islington Giving through funding, by sharing skills and supporting the wider programmes the coalition is investing in. You can read more about Macquarie’s investment in Islington here.

The BIG Alliance

The BIG (Businesses for Islington Giving) Alliance was established in June 2013, with the Macquarie Group Foundation as principal founding funder.big_alliance

The BIG Alliance enables employee volunteering and engagement in community, voluntary and not-for profit organisations, employability projects and schools, colleges and universities across Islington. The BIG Alliance makes community investment easier, more effective and more rewarding. With 13 corporate partners paving the way for change, almost 1,000 volunteers in 2016 were able to support over 50 organisations.

Click here to find out more about The BIG Alliance.