What is the partnership?
The international law firm Allen & Overy runs a global charity partnership as part of its pro bono and community investment programme, with the theme of displaced people. War Child runs the Rescue Childhood programme in Jordan, seeking to provide a safe space for children aged four to six who have been displaced by the Syrian conflict.
What did the company do?
A&O senior partner Wim Dejonghe invited staff and partners to donate the first hour or day of their year’s salary to War Child. Other fundraising events included "music month", a Jordan desert trek, and "Syrian Feast" dinner parties. On top of this, A&O contributed £183,000 in pro-bono work and gifts in kind, including an independent review of War Child culture and operations, enabling War Child to maintain the highest standards.
Why did it win?
During the last 12 months of the partnership, A&O staff raised £701,000 for War Child. The Rescue Childhood programme will provide protection, psychological support and education to 2,310 displaced children and additional support to 1,185 parents and care givers. A&O’s contributions also enabled the charity to roll out its youth advocacy programme in Jordan and Uganda, and supported the launch of a football-based programme in the Central African Republic.
What did the judges say?
"A great example of a charity of the year partnership," commented Nicola Bott, head of partnership development at the Teenage Cancer Trust. "Clear engagement, for a difficult cause, with lots of fundraising opportunities as well as volunteering and gifts in kind."
Taylor Wessing with Future First