To get a sense of the benefits our corporate partners get from working with us, here is some recent feedback:
We have a long relationship with Ulster Bank initially through our management of its payroll giving scheme and more recently in the context of the Community Impact Fund, an all island community grants scheme which is jointly administered by us and The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland. Ulster Bank Community Impact Fund supports local, regional and national projects and initiatives by not-for-profit community and voluntary sector organisations in the areas of Community Enterprise and Financial Literacy. In 2013, a total of €290,000 was awarded to 25 community-based organisations.
“Trying to do it alone is quite difficult, so I think it is always a good idea to find a partner that can help you to reach the right community organisations for what you want to achieve. Bodies like The Community Foundation for Ireland are excellent for a corporate, in helping you to define your strategy and in helping you to reach out into the community and find the right organisations to deliver on your strategy.”
Pauline McKiernan, Corporate Sustainability Manager, Ulster Bank.
The Xlinx Community Fund Europe’ administered by us was established in 2006. The company matches donations from their employees to charity, greatly increasing the amount of grant-making funding available and greatly enhancing employee engagement. The fund has a particular focus on relevant projects in the local community that have an emphasis on promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“We in Xilinx have been very pleased with our relationship with The Community Foundation for Ireland, they have been extremely professional in all our dealings with them and have greatly simplified the process of grant giving both for Xilinx and for the grant recipients.”
In 2008 Business Objects, the largest business intelligence company in the world, (now part of SAP), with over 200 staff in Dublin established ‘The Business Objects Fund’ with us. Since 2003 SAP have partnered with strong community foundation organisations throughout the world, to advise them on their local grant making to support education for vulnerable children and youth. These include The Vancouver Foundation in Canada, Fondation de France in France, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in the USA and The Berkshire Community Foundation for the UK.
“It has been a great pleasure to work with the Community Foundation for Ireland. We were amazed by the level of commitment, support and advice provided by this organisation throughout the grant process. Our contacts perfectly understood the object/mission of our corporate foundation, knew very well the charity network locally, therefore identified appropriate charities in the Dublin area that were willing to apply for funding. The Community Foundation then initiated the first contacts with them and even organised the visits for our employees who were involved in the granting process. They were strong advisers during our corporate decision making meeting and eventually communicated our decisions to the charities that had applied for funding. If we had to rank the Community Foundation for Ireland amongst our other partners, they would certainly come among the first for all the reasons detailed before and for their high professionalism. We’re now looking forward to working again with them for the next grant cycle!”
Claire Gillissen-Duval, SAP