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Two charities chosen as KPMG partners for next two years

By Jenna Pudelek, Third Sector Online, 6 November 2012

Two charities chosen as KPMG partners for next two years

Professional services firm picks Action for Literacy and Shelter, and hopes to raise more than £1m for them

- This story has been clarified; please see final paragraph

Action for Literacy and Shelter Scotland have been chosen as KPMG’s new national charity partnerships for the next two years.

The professional services firm said it hoped to raise more than £1m for the two charities combined over the length of the partnerships. It also hoped to provide pro bono strategic and business advice to the charities.

The charities were chosen by a KPMG committee that selected them from a final shortlist of six.

Literacy and homelessness are central to KPMG’s corporate sustainability strategy, the firm said. The partnerships will build on its background in working to support literacy and social inclusion in the UK.

Action for Literacy, a partnership between Dyslexia Action and the National Literacy Trust, brings together expertise from both national charities to improve literacy.

In a joint statement, Jonathan Douglas, director of the National Literacy Trust, and Kevin Geeson, chief executive of Dyslexia Action, said: "The funding, volunteering and pro bono support from KPMG will make a considerable impact on our ability to improve the lives of thousands more children and young people with literacy difficulties."

Shelter Scotland works to tackle the root causes of homelessness, which affects 10,500 families and individuals in Scotland. Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: "With the support from KPMG, we will be able to reach more people who need our help to get back on their feet so that their children can have a brighter future."

KPMG’s last charity partnership with Barnardo’s raised £1.3m for the charity. Marianne Fallon, head of corporate affairs at the firm, said: "We really look forward to working with Action and Shelter. They are two great causes that have great resonance with KPMG.

"Increasing literacy skills and preventing homelessness are fundamental to rebuilding the UK economy, supporting routes to social mobility and increasing opportunities for all."

- The new partnership is with Shelter, which includes Shelter Scotland north of the border.

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