CMS employees are very generous and donate to many charities both collectively and individually.
We launched our very first CMS global charity partnership in November 2016. In 2016/17 all CMS firms will be supporting Room to Read.
Room to Read believes that world change starts with educated children. Since 2000, they have benefited 10 million children across 18,000 communities in Asia and Africa. They aim to reach 15 million children by 2020. With our support we hope they will be able to get closer to their target.
Room to Read works in ten countries across Asia and Africa and focuses on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with communities and local governments they develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children.
Why literacy? Because literacy is the foundation for all future learning and the starting point of solving some of the world’s biggest problems – poverty, conflict, disease, intolerance, inequality and exploitation, to name a few.
Erin Ganju, Room to Read’s CEO and Founder
In addition to the CMS global charity, our UK employees were asked to nominate four charities to benefit from four ad-hoc fundraising projects.
Last October Great Ormond Street Hospital benefited from a £1,000 corporate donation and all our UK offices took part in a raffle, raising £3,000 for the hospital.
The three other charities selected by the CSR Committee are:
Mary’s Meals aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day, encouraging education that can lift them out of poverty. The charity feeds 1,101,206 of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and South America.
Street Legal is a service run by the Islington Law Centre for young people up to 25 who are either homeless or at risk. They aim to prevent homelessness and to secure safe accommodation for young people who sometimes live in precarious situations and are vulnerable to exploitation.
Their mission is to provide sustainable, appropriate bicycle transportation to mobilise and empower individuals and communities. The bikes ensure students arrive at school on time, safe and ready to learn, while their families also benefit from using the bike when school is not in session.
GAYE (Give As You Earn) is a tax-free and easy way to donate to charity. It is also a valuable, long term source of revenue, providing regular income to help charities budget and plan ahead more effectively. Employees can choose to support any charity of their choice with a regular donation direct from their pay.
16% of our UK staff participate in the GAYE scheme, supporting a total of 162 charities.
Each year our employees are invited to nominate charities close to their heart to benefit from a donation. In 2015 the CMCK Foundation allocated the equivalent of £32,000 to charities.