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Planning, organising, promoting and assessing success

Give your self plenty of time, be flexible in your approach, listen to the experts in their fields. Some of the advice given about our environmental approach has been invaluable and we continue to engage with them throughout the development, almost as a reassurance we are doing the right thing and more importantly why we are doing it.

Hungate York

Check you permissions

If you are organising a particular fundraising event for the first time, make sure you check with the relevant authorities if you require any specific licences or permissions to carry out your chosen activity before you get started.

Naylor Wintersgill

Collaborate

Collaborative relationships in the wider community are key. Think about teaming up with other like-minded business owners and professionals who share your company\'s ethos and values to exchange valuable skill sets and divide the load. You\'ll achieve a higher impact for a joint cause and create powerful networking opportunities for your organisation.

Naylor Wintersgill

Make use of social media

When organising a fundraising event try to think outside the box as it could open up more PR opportunities to raise awareness of the great work of your chosen charity or cause and for your company. Something a little bit different may also boost engagement and get more colleagues involved if they are able challenging themselves, have fun and feel good in the process.

Naylor Wintersgill

Quality, not quantity

Good volunteering is about quality rather than quantity and making it easily accessible to your volunteers - the partnership with Silver Line means colleagues only use 30 minutes a week, having little impact on business as usual, but a big impact on the beneficiaries. Volunteering  is a chance for colleagues to share their skills and also develop new ones, so make sure there\'s an element of challenge and reward when choosing a particular activity/partner.

Silver Line Friends

Ethos and values

Make sure the charity or organisation you choose to partner with aligns to your company ethos and values as colleagues are more likely to want to sign up.

Consider the charity\'s needs and what type of business you are. Feedback from surveys suggests that charities don\'t always need hands-on manual support, instead they need to draw on skills to train their own staff, develop them or to benefit from pro bono support.

Silver Line Friends

Use your skills to help others

Charities and businesses don\'t always just need financial support. Quite often offering your skills, whether it is architectural design, PR, marketing can be valuable to a charity, delivered as pro bono services or work experience placements.

Rance Booth Smith Architects

 

Minimise business impact

To maximise your social impact and minimise impact on your business, spread tasks over the year and across the workplace - reducing impact on one person or team.

Remember to keep a record of your activities, to monitor, manage and remind the team of how much you do.

Rance Booth Smith Architects

 

Hungate York

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13th February 2020

How we went about choosing environmental actions We looked at our environment, our local community. Working alongside residents and organisations such as the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Friends of St Nick’s we identified area’s and opportunities for improvements. Alongside stakeholders and residents we undertook periods of consultation to ensure it really was the best possible…

Collaborative Working

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13th February 2020

They say caring is sharing and recently, we felt the power of sharing our experiences of making an impact in our own community with another like-minded local business. Naylor Wintersgill, the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Bradford and with offices in Leeds, specialises in supporting cross-sector owner managed SMEs and adds true value…

Rance Booth Smith Architects – How to make the most of CSR

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13th February 2020

Rance Booth Smith provide some tips on how to make the most out of CSR in your business. CSR needs to be introduced into the culture of the business, and selecting specific causes from the many can be a challenge. Talk to your staff – learn about staff interests and ask for their suggestions. Think…

Naylor Wintersgill

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13th February 2020

Naylor Wintersgill is the largest independent firm of chartered accountants in Bradford city centre. As a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, we’re a trust worthy source of advice on a wide range of business, audit, accounting and taxation matters with over 50 team members. Looking at your company vision…

Silver Line Friends

By Raising the Bar Editor | 13th February 2020

When it comes to picking a corporate volunteering partner it’s vital to find one that is right for both parties, so both your organisation and your partner benefit from the relationship. The Silver Line is one of Yorkshire Building Society’s longest standing corporate volunteering partners and provides a free, confidential helpline for older people who…