City Giving Day, now in its 7th year, is taking place on Tuesday 22 September 2020. It’s a day when the City will unite to celebrate and promote the best of volunteering and philanthropy in the City. Companies will showcase their fantastic charitable and community work in their offices and online – collectively sharing their community outreach via the City Giving Day webpages, City Giving Day YouTube channel, regular articles in City A.M. and via social media. It’s simple for organisations to get involved, and a chance for the entire City to support the Lord Mayor and his Appeal.
Our second breakfast, originally meant to take place in-person at Mansion House but taking place virtually via webinar, provided more information about City Giving Day and encourage companies to take part in this fantastic initiative.
Almost 150 people took part, seizing this opportunity to learn from companies who have taken part in the past, brainstorm ideas of how they can take part, share ideas, and networking with people working in similar roles.
Alderman William Russell The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London said that “2019 was hugely successful, and this year we hope to see even more organisations and businesses getting involved in City Giving Day, holding events, volunteering, fundraising and sharing their stories to demonstrate the transformational impact of bringing together businesses, employees, communities and charities. I hope that you will join me and the hundreds of businesses committed to making City Giving Day 2020 the best yet.”
We heard from David Mellis, Major Donor Development, from OnSide Youth Zones, who told how funding from The Lord Mayor’s Appeal has helped them set up centres across the capital, and provided the foundation for them to pivot their services and deliver a digital offering to young people.
Jan Foster, City Giving Day Programme Manager explained that this year City Giving Day will look slightly different. In light of Covid-19 and social distancing rules, this year businesses and employees are encouraged to think about how they can run activities online and using digital platforms. From online talent shows to digital escape rooms, collective cook-a-longs to mass Zoom raves, there are lots of options for firms to engage colleagues in exciting events that can help raise money for charities and causes. The annual treasure hunt and quiz will take place, and provide an opportunity to explore the City and connect with others in a safe way.
Sally Yiallouros, Assistant Director at EY described how City Giving Day is always a highlight in their philanthropic year, and that they are excited to see how going digital this year will help them be more inclusive, and engage people who work remotely or from regional offices.
Attendees were divided into breakout rooms led by ‘activity champions’ – individuals from businesses and organisations who have held successful events in the past, and asked to come up with ideas for how they might get involved in 2020. Their ideas add to the catalogue produced by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal and available as part of the registration kit and assets.
If you would like to take part in City Giving Day 2020 and help us celebrate charity and philanthropy in City businesses and beyond, register here.