27 April 2015
B P Collins gets to the heart of community support in Bucks
Leading law firm B P Collins LLP has pledged its support for local charities and community groups by teaming up with Buckinghamshire’s Community Foundation Heart of Bucks (HoB).
The move means that from 1 May, monies donated by the firm will go into an annual stewardship fund which provides grants to community groups throughout the county.
B P Collins’ senior partner, Chris Hardy, said: “Supporting the local community has always been important to us and working in partnership with HoB will ensure that our donations are made in a fair, structured and measurable way.
“The stewardship allows us to engage positively and proactively with local charities and provide meaningful and active engagement for staff wishing to volunteer or fundraise within the community.”
B P Collins’ employees will have an input into deciding which charities benefit and also have the opportunity to take part in different initiatives, seeing for themselves how far their grants can go towards improving the lives of others.
As the leading independent grant-maker in Buckinghamshire, HoB’s vision is to see communities thrive and it encourages local giving and philanthropy by inspiring donors and supporters to become involved in projects and help make a lasting difference.
"We are delighted that B P Collins is working with us to help manage its charitable activities," said Beverley Trevitt, outreach officer for Heart of Bucks.
"We have already provided grants to 1,600 charities in Bucks and really understand where the needs are in the county to ensure this stewardship makes a lasting impact. Together we can give organisations across the county the means to assist, to educate, to restore and to rehabilitate.”
With a core set of charitable values attributed to the distribution of the fund, the partnership between B P Collins and HoB shares a commitment to providing financial support to vital projects across the county.
Stronger communities, better futures and safer lives are the overriding objectives of the stewardship, each resonating with B P Collins’ own core charitable values and enabling the law firm to gain first-hand understanding of local need through the great variety of applications for funding received and considered by Heart of Bucks.
Since HoB started in 2000, hundreds of donors have used the organisation to provide grants and loans totalling £5 million to 1,600 community groups in all parts of the county, including day centres, Dial-A-Ride car schemes, foodbanks, sports clubs and youth centres.
For further information on the partnership and the grant application process, visit the HoB website.