River Island

Helping a major retail brand become a force for good

The Giving Department has been supporting high street fashion giant River Island since 2012.

In that time, we have worked closely with the Main Board as well as key stakeholders at head office, the main distribution centre and across its 300 stores, delivering support that meets the retailer’s needs. 

The partnership covers all aspects of the company’s charity and community support, including customer-facing activity and skills support. The Giving Department also manages and delivers the internal ‘Giver Island’ scheme which provides match funding, payroll giving and volunteering opportunities available to all of the Company’s 10,000 staff across the UK and Ireland.

The Giving Department work hand in hand with the River Island team and Main Board to deliver across broad objectives.

- Clive Lewis, Chair River Island

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Steve Wickham

Director

Steve has spent over 20 years in the charity sector. As a successful fundraiser Steve worked for a number of charities in senior roles most latterly as Head of Fundraising at The Prince’s Trust. This experience has given Steve a deep understanding of how companies and private funders can best support charities, how effective relationships can be developed, where value can be delivered and how the right support can deliver genuine and long-lasting change. Steve founded The Giving Department in 2010 with the clear vision of providing expert independent resource to help companies and philanthropists deliver real social impact and achieve their greatest charitable ambitions. Over the subsequent years Steve has developed the business, working with an increasingly wide portfolio of clients from FTSE100 companies to corporate foundations and private HNW philanthropists. Passionate about the sector, Steve is often called to speak on charitable issues and on occasions provides bespoke mentoring to help individuals build capability and impact.       

steve@thegivingdepartment.com
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