12 May

Our first virtual City Giving Day 2020 breakfast

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‘This year’s City Giving Day is likely to be very different, but we still want it to be the best yet! - Alderman William Russell, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London

On Tuesday 12 May nearly one hundred people gathered together from homes across the UK for the first virtual City Giving Day 2020 Engagement Breakfast. Wearing red, as is tradition for City Giving Day, they were there with cups of coffee and plates of breakfast to hear the plans for this year’s celebration of charity and community.

City Giving Day is The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s annual celebration of philanthropy and giving in the City. It’s a great time to reflect on everything that City businesses are doing for local communities and charities.

We heard from the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman William Russell, explaining just why City Giving Day is so special. Caroline Wright, CEO, The Lord Mayor’s Appeal gave an update on how our charity partners, Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones, Samaritans and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award are adapting during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Anne-Marie Kesselman, Marketing Strategist at City Credit Capital spoke about how successful their fundraising had been in 2019, and how they are hoping to go one better this year. Baker McKenzie have been a long standing supporter of the event, and Susanna Winter, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at the firm, discussed how community (and competition) are so important to the event. Finally, Jan Foster, City Giving Day Project Manager, at The Lord Mayor’s Appeal gave an update on what this year has in store.

By its nature, City Giving Day brings people together. It’s one of the things that makes it so brilliant. We are monitoring the Covid-19 situation closely, and will decide on the best course of action closer to the time. Whether in real life, digital, or some combination of the two, it will be a bright and bold event, full of the celebratory enthusiasm we have come to expect.

Last year 424 organisations took part, and this year, the goal is 692 – the number that corresponds with William Russell’s Lord Mayoralty. It’s a bold ambition, but one we’re sure we can meet. Both big businesses and small organisations are invited to join in by hosting an activity, taking part in one of the events run by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal, or connecting with existing charities and volunteering their time. In 2019 participants raised an estimated £500,000, and recruiting around 5000 volunteers. We’d love you to be one of them this year. You can register here.

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