Charities and community interest companies are being invited to apply to become one of the social enterprise BeyondMe’s 60 new charity partners, which are each expected to receive about £4,000 in funding and up to 200 hours of skilled work from teams of young professionals over the course of a year.
BeyondMe, which was known as Young Philanthropy until a rebrand in September, is seeking UK-registered charities and community interest companies that represent a variety of cause areas to be matched with groups of seven young people from businesses such as BeyondMe’s corporate partners – Deloitte, EY, PwC and Allen & Overy – or from ones that currently receive its services for free, such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Lloyds, L'Oréal and the civil service.
There is no cost to charities that take part, but they must have at least two full-time, UK-based staff members and have public liability insurance for all volunteers.
They must also be able to demonstrate that their work has a positive social or environmental impact or provides an innovative service.
The professional teams – who choose their charity partners through an online voting process after live pitches by the charities – will fundraise an average of between £3,000 and £5,000 for their charities and give 150 to 200 hours of their time to high-level tasks such as fundraising, marketing and PR, employability skills workshops and product development.
BeyondMe said it had begun accepting applications for its 12-month programme, which starts in March next year. The closing date is 18 February. It will run another year-long programme from next November.
Every fortnight, the organisation – itself a registered charity – runs "on-boarding calls" – webinars in which Nick Mason, BeyondMe’s portfolio and impact manager, gives talks about his organisation’s background and model and explains how to get involved in its programmes.
Charities then have the opportunity to ask questions, and those that meet the criteria will be encouraged to complete written applications. Those successful at the application stage will be invited to pitch in front of the teams of young professionals.
A BeyondMe spokeswoman told Third Sector that charities were encouraged to come up with specific professional-level projects with which the teams could get involved, as well as tangible uses for the money they raised.
She said the programme was designed to be particularly attractive to smaller charities, which often struggle to win partnerships with large corporations.
BeyondMe is already working with 75 charities that are either matched with existing corporate teams or are likely to get corporate partners early next year. Charities that have benefited from the scheme include the veterans charity Combat Stress, which used the funds it received from the civil service to finance the training of three clinical therapists, and Child of Hope, which helps slum kids in Uganda, whose partnership with the professional services firm EY provided funding for it to buy 10 solar panels for a school based in a slum.