What was the partnership?
The global professional services firm Deloitte has spent the past four years working with the national education charity IntoUniversity to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to aspire and achieve their full potential by developing soft skills and gaining experience of the world of work.
What did it do?
Across the four-year partnership Deloitte supported IntoUniversity both financially and in-house. A network of engaged volunteers worked to raise the profile of the charity across the firm, recruited influential mentors and delivered eight in-house student workshops, inspiring the next generation of students to to consider the professional services industry as a career.
Deloitte staff contributed a series of pro-bono projects to IntoUniversity, including a gaps analysis of the charity's impact data processes and an audit of its data processes, and planned and executed an extensive calendar of fundraising events, including office balls, challenge events and quizzes, raising more than £58,000 for IntoUniversity.
Why did it win?
Through its partnership Deloitte has donated £158,000 by means of grants and fundraising, and an additional £140,000-worth of pro-bono projects. IntoUniversity has provided volunteering opportunities for 61 Deloitte employees to support the next generation to achieve.
What did the judges say?
“Deloitte and IntoUniversity’s long-term partnership has clearly benefited both parties,” said Alex Ruddock-West, PR manager at TalkTalk. “Most importantly, it’s helped more people from disadvantaged backgrounds into roles, helping to address the social mobility crisis in the professional services sector.”
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