Charity is good for us all

The International Day of Charity is observed annually on 5 September. Declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the purpose of the day is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level. The reason the date was chosen is because it is the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Charities play a crucial role in helping our society wherever public spending is lacking and they need support from the public now more than ever. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) urges British businesses to take the lead in promoting philanthropy and charitable actions within their structures.

Some choose to give money, others prefer to volunteer, charities launch campaigns, businesses match funds and give their staff the chance to volunteer – there are a whole host of activities supporting good causes available, something for everyone.


Fun for a good cause

At 10Eighty we have something of a tradition of supporting the annual JP Morgan Fun Run. Dave ran in the London Marathon for Cancer Research UK and at our third birthday party we asked our guests to take a selfie for the charity KidsOut.

Last year The Charities Aid Foundation have published a report entitled ‘Why We Give’. They surveyed over 700 people to gain a better understanding of the reasons why people support charities. One of the key findings was that 49% of people think that society is too cynical about those who give, and nearly two thirds of respondents believe that those who give to charity need to be more vocal about the reasons why they give. Most people pointed to their personal values, morality and ethics as their main motivation for giving, with three quarters giving because of a personal belief in a specific cause and 71% motivated to give because of their faith.

Good employers create great communities and corporate social responsibility is core to creating a sustainable and successful business and part of engaging employees. A 2011 survey found that 49% of UK employees said they were more likely to stay with an employer that encourages its workforce to donate time or raise money for charity within working hours. Three quarters of UK workforce want their employer to balance commercial success with good CSR strategies, including supporting charities (75%).

Commitment to community

More than half (52%) of UK employees believe that their employer should do more to encourage charitable giving during working hours and 51% felt companies have a duty to commit to charitable acts and CSR. Μore than one in 10 (15%) of employees would take a significant pay cut to work for a company that has the right attitude towards charities/CSR.

Engagement isn’t just a question of philanthropy or charity but about the interface between corporate CSR initiatives and workforce enthusiasm. Employers can build morale, loyalty and engagement whilst giving back to the community by helping employees donate to charity. Fundraising is a great way to get employees involved with CSR strategy, collecting money for the charities close to their hearts and demonstrating the organisation’s commitment to the community.

CSR helps to build an emotional commitment to the organisation and goodwill at a time when employees and customers are concerned with accountability, sustainability and transparency. Staff surveys have shown increased levels of pride and engagement as a result of CSR, while employees say it is an important part of the company’s identity. Clients feel strongly about CSR, too, it’s good for business.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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