A guest post from Katie Metzler in SAGE London:
This week in London, SAGE has launched a brand new charity initiative called Global Giving. The scheme will be run by the SAGE Connect Group, a team of 20 volunteers who manage all of SAGE’s volunteering efforts and charitable giving.
Each year, SAGE donates to a huge variety of causes, both through large donations and through fundraisers throughout the year. SAGE has invested millions of dollars and committed millions more to organizations that reflect SAGE’s core values and complement SAGE’s dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. At the end of 2011, SAGE’s London office gave a total of £25,000 to the following charities; Big Issue Foundation, Refuge, the Alzheimers Society, Guide Dogs, Carers UK, Samaritans, the Bone Cancer Research Trust, the Demelza Hospice Care for Children, the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative and the Gene Therapy Research Appeal.
In our new Global Giving scheme, which will run alongside all of the initiatives we already have in place, SAGE London staff will have the opportunity to nominate orphanages, schools, community projects and healthcare initiatives, as well as organisations fighting for social justice and the eradication of poverty, to receive a donation from SAGE. We’ll be giving away £20,000 a year through Global Giving, supporting everything from training for health workers in Uganda, special equipment for disabled children in Haiti and empowerment project for girls in Nepal. The scheme encourages SAGE employees to nominate charities and projects close to their heart, as well as to forge new connections with charities in the developing world. The goal of the scheme is to donate to projects working on the ground in the hopes of making real difference to those in need. Funds will be allocated in March and we’ll let you know which wonderful charities we’ll be supporting in 2012!
Katie Metzler is UK Commissioning Editor for Research Methods, and chair of the SAGE London Connect Group.