Lloyds Bank Foundation and Lloyds Banking Group

Charity Mentoring Programme

 

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales called upon its corporate counterpart, Lloyds Banking Group, to contribute its scale and human resources to strengthen and develop small and medium-sized charities through a new Charity Mentoring Programme. This venture brought together both organisations and the best of corporate and voluntary sectors that usually work very independently; harnessing professional expertise within the bank to benefit charities funded by the Foundation. 

A far cry from many 'feel good' corporate social responsibility initiatives that can leave charities giving volunteers a 'worthy' day out of the office for meagre gains, Charity Mentoring develops long-term, meaningful partnerships between two distinct worlds. 

Recognising that in a difficult climate many charities are striving to become more robust and sustainable, the Foundation developed the programme to match senior Lloyds Banking Group employees with charity Chief Executives. Mentors act as a sounding board and offer advice on the issues facing charities while enhancing their own skills through new challenges. 

The outcomes have been so much more than ticking boxes on corporate scorecards. Take-up has grown from an original pilot of 30 in 2014 to 260 by May 2016, with fantastic results achieved for Mentors and charities alike.

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