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The Giving Department is proud to work for a wide portfolio of leading firms and private philanthropists through diverse projects in the UK and overseas. The following clients profiles offer an insight into our work and our approach to our clients:

The Giving Department plays an active and central role supporting the Social Purpose activity of Aimia in the UK and across the EMEA region.

"The dedicated support of The Giving Department has helped Aimia accelerate its plans in the UK and globally through a raft of cutting edge activity, we have been able to drive engagement and attract wider support throughout the business."

Lauren Bennett, Culture and CSR, EMEA

Mobilising over 50% of employees, especially through highly targeted volunteering to share the talents of the business.

One primary focus has been the development of the award winning Data Philanthropy programme – a unique targeted approach to share the skills and technology of the business through ongoing collaboration with the charity sector.

Since 2012, Aimia has donated over 15,000 hours of data analyst time, worked with over 50 leading charities in the UK, US, India, Australia and Canada and created thousands of new insights that are changing the way charities develop programmes and allocate resource.

The programme has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Guardian Sustainable Business Award in 2015.

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Since its establishment in 2012, The Giving Department has played an ongoing strategic role in advising Trustees of The Aberdeen Charitable Foundation, launched to focus and extend their global charitable activities.

"Timely, strategic and flexible support from The Giving Department has been invaluable as we continue to develop the structure and global approach for The Aberdeen Charitable Foundation."

Sam Walker, Head of Public Affairs and Foundation Director EMEA

The Aberdeen Charitable Foundation has a truly global reach, with each of their 27 international offices allocated budget to fund relevant local causes, supported by the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in London.

With our ongoing support, The Foundation also has a major emerging markets funding programme powered by research, insight and ongoing management from The Giving Department. This includes substantial grants and innovative partnerships in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

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Since launch in 1992, The St. James’s Place Foundation has raised and donated over £70 million. The Giving Department plays a central role in supporting the strategic direction and management of these substantial funds, alongside the core Foundation team.

"The Giving Department deliver. They produce insightful, independent thinking and flexible, reliable support when The Foundation needs it."

Mark Longbottom, St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation Manager

The Giving Department is involved is diverse ongoing and short term projects relating to all aspects of The Foundations’ activity – from detailed due diligence on major grants, independent research to support £1.0 million+ grants, ongoing programme management and impact reporting.

Aside to financial management and planning, we have devised and are helping to activate a targeted volunteering programme across the St. James’s Place Wealth Management business, working more broadly with the wider staff team within this leading FTSE-100 wealth manager.

The Giving Department work in partnership with The Foundation, adding resource as required to help ensure they achieve their strategic objectives across a complex and growing portfolio of grants here in the UK and overseas.

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The Giving Department has worked with leading global asset manager Columbia Threadneedle to help transform its approach Corporate Responsibility, community engagement and corporate philanthropy since 2012.

"The Giving Department is supporting The Columbia Threadneedle Foundation during a critical stage in our development and has ensured we have discovered truly innovative, impactful and well-run charities to partner with over the coming years."

Alison Jefferis, Chair of The Columbia Threadneedle Foundation

Rigorous consultation with global stakeholders led to the creation in 2013 of The Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, a Charity Commission registered charitable trust to act as a focus for philanthropy within the business.

A portfolio of exciting new charitable partnerships has followed, all closely aligned to strategic themes identified by The Giving Department with a fit alongside wider business strategy, values and sponsorship assets.

The Giving Department supports numerous aspects of CR within the business, including acting as strategic advisor to Trustees and managing a wide portfolio of strategic volunteering activities that has triggered a rapid acceleration of employee engagement across the business.

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