Did you know that many large companies support their employees' charitable giving by matching their donations or the time they have given/volunteered to help our school by e.g. organising the raffle at the ball or helping out at at a stall at the summer fair? It doesn't cost you a penny and employers are delighted as it's tax efficient and they would rather give to a charity than to the tax man. It also ensures their Corporate Social Responsibility targets are met - it's a no-brainer, really!
Over the last year and a half we have had a great response to our request for match funding. We would, however, be grateful if more parents asked their employers if they are able to matchfund upcoming PTA events. Parents have raised amounts ranging from £250 to £5,000 so it's definitely worth asking, particularly the major corporates.
All we ask is this: please pick up the phone and ask your HR or Community Relations Officer if they run a match funding scheme. If they do, your employer will most likely ask you to fill out a short online form. After that, all most companies need is a letter from our PTA confirming the event and profits made - simple!
St Nick's is an educational establishment and we have been successfully approved by a number of major organisations such as Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, Ipsos, RBS, Royal Bank of Canada and Santander. Just reading the small print may put you off so, if your company runs a scheme, please contact Carina McEntire firstname.lastname@example.org and she will talk you through it. Some companies may also run employee participation grant schemes, so it's definitely worth asking.
Please contact your Human Resources/Community Relations department to find out if they run the scheme. If they do, they may need the following information:
Name of Charity/Bank Account: St Nicholas CofE School Parents' and Teachers' Association
Type of Institution: Educational
Registered Charity Number: 281171
Charity Address: School Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5PQ
Bank Name: Barclays Bank
Bank Address:Chislehurst Branch, 7 High St, Chislehurst BR7 5AB
Sort Code: 20-14-33
Account Number: 70774790
If you you think your employer can help with match funding, please let Kate Murdock-Smith know and we can discuss your company's requirements. Below are further documents which explain match funding in more detail (including a St Nick's case study and details of parents / employers currently helping us with match funding).