Business Charity Awards: Charity Partnership, Legal - Weil, Gotshal & Manges with the Sick Children's Trust

For an outstanding partnership between a company in the legal sector and a UK charity

More than 200 Weil employees took part in fundraising activities
More than 200 Weil employees took part in fundraising activities

What is the partnership?

Weil London, the London office of the international law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, launched its two-year partnership with the Sick Children's Trust on #GivingTuesday 2015. The trust supports families with critically ill children by providing free home-from-home accommodation in 10 homes located near paediatric hospitals. The immediate engagement from employees was phenomenal, with more than 65 per cent joining in the initial Last Hour's Pay campaign, raising £17,000 in just 48 hours.

What did the company do?

More than 200 Weil employees and client contacts took part in 23 fundraising activities, including the Three Peaks Challenge, the Great Weil Bake Off and a Karaoke Fancy Dress Quiz. Weil sponsored five Sick Children’s Trust events and facilitated donations from suppliers.

The firm also made donations for every feedback form completed by Weil employees and Sick Children’s Trust service users in 2017. This incentive not only raised £7,000, but also more than doubled the number of families submitting crucial information that is used to improve services and apply for funding.

Eighteen Weil partners and lawyers provided 260 hours of free legal advice, including advice on a utility bill dispute that enabled the trust to avoid £65,000 in back-dated utility charges. Twelve employees provided 85 hours of training and support to the Sick Children’s Trust’s chief executive, senior management team and house managers, and 24 employees volunteered their time in one of the homes from home by decorating or baking.

Why did it win?

The partnership engaged more than 75 per cent of Weil employees in fundraising and volunteering, raising £145,000 and providing 350 hours of pro-bono volunteering support. This investment in time and expertise fed directly into the establishment of the Sick Children’s Trust’s new five-year organisational strategy and governance plans.

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