Wide ranging support
The range of charities and good causes supported by the WCI Charitable Trust is extensive and diverse.
Some benefit from long term support (these are known as our ‘Charity Partners’) while others receive one-off grants for specific projects or activities. Many of the charities that initially receive one-off grants later become fully-fledged Charity Partners
The charities supported range from those helping vulnerable young people without family support who are seeking education, training and employment, organisations working with homeless and many community initiatives, often modest in scope but for whom WCI support has a major impact.
Our philanthropic support also includes our highly valued service affiliations, both those with established units and those offering young people an opportunity to experience the adventure, discipline and skills of military life. The WCI is also proud to support those who work with our injured service men and women.
Building long-term relationships
The WCI recognises that many charities require long-term financial support to sustain the valauble work they do or that some projects only bear fruit if they are able to run for several years. This is why we have developed the concept of Charity Partners, simply defined as those charities with which we have deeper, more sustained relationships.
This enables us to work with a large and diverse group of charities addressing a very wide range of issues and serving different communities. Our current Charity Partners are:
- Action Tutoring
- St Lawrence Jewry Church
- City of London Police Widows and Orphans Fund
- Clothing Solutions
- FCV Dorcas
- Go Kids Go
- Ironbridge Gorge Museum
- Kent & Sharpshooters Yeomanry
- Livery Schools Link
- The Lord Mayor’s Appeal
- Made in Hackney
- Middlesex and Northwest London Army Cadet Force
- Music in Hospitals and Care
- RAF 1034 (Surbiton) Squadron, Air Training Corps
- Mudchute Farm
- Sherriffs’ and Recorders’ Fund
- Sheriffs’ Challenge
- St Mary Le Bow Young Homeless Project
To ensure the relationships between the WCI and its Charity Partners are fruitful and mutually beneficial, a WCI member offers to lead the relationship with a charity, championing them within the WCI, representing the Company at charity events and offering support and advice when required. The two-way communication this facilitates is invaluable. Members can find out more about this below – see Volunteering.
Supporting good causes
The Charitable Trust is keen to make small one-off grants, usually of a few thousand pounds each, to smaller charities, to which that level of assistance may make a significant difference. We make most of these grants to charities operating in London and its surrounding areas. The Charitable Trust does not normally award grants to support the activities of a charity that focuses exclusively on the benefit of members of a single cultural or religious group.
The trustees recently approved annual grants to Blind in Business, Hackney Playbus, Helen Arkell Dyslexia and Woman's Trust to name a few.
The WCI wants its relationship with the good causes it supports to be about more than just money. It seeks to engage with and support organisations in a variety of ways. This can extend to volunteering, representing the WCI at events or involving the organisation in appropriate Livery events.
In many cases a WCI member offers to lead the relationship with a charity, championing them within the WCI, representing the Company at charity events and offering support and advice when required. Members can find out more about this by contacting the Clerk’s Office.