BeyondMe, the organisation that is growing a generation of generous leaders by bringing younger City professionals together to support a portfolio of small charities, now serves more than 80 organisations through its 143 teams, according to its newly published impact report.
Kawika Solidum, BeyondMe CEO says: “It is clear BeyondMe is reshaping how people can connect with each other in order to make a greater difference to important causes. The more we succeed, the greater the chances of charities getting the much-needed resources to better serve their beneficiaries and make the best contribution to changing the world,”
The Impact report shows between 2011 and 2016, 1,500 young professionals have formed 143 BeyondMe teams serving over 80 charities and social enterprises. This translates to over £300,000 and more than 13,000 skilled-volunteer hours valued at £262,417 donated to myriad causes supporting beneficiaries as near as Newham and as far as Nepal.
Solidum says: “We enable ambitious professionals to come together in BeyondMe teams and work on some of the toughest problems in society. By collaborating on a charity project, team members also develop their professional and leadership skills, and broaden their networks.”
BeyondMe’s programme for professionals is run in cohorts. Each begins at a BeyondMe Bootcamp – an insightful and inspiring training day to understand the social sector – before committing to support a project in our charity portfolio. This kick-starts a one-year partnership with a charity and over the course of the year, we host thought-provoking events providing other opportunities to network, learn and lead.
Over the last five years BeyondMe has launched six cohorts. The report shows that by engaging in BeyondMe, professionals are immediately giving more money and more time to the social sector.
For example 84% of cohort two developed a long-term commitment to giving and volunteering, while 78% of cohort three now consider the effectiveness of charities they support.
“These shifts are exciting for BeyondMe as we aim to support the sustainability of the social sector and develop the next generation of generous leaders,” says Solidum.
If you wish to join a BeyondMe bootcamp or want to be considered fr their charity portfolio visit BeyondMe.org