October Club seeks its next charity partner

The City of London fundraising organisation hopes to raise more than £0.5m for a cause within a year

October Club event
October Club event

The City of London fundraising organisation the October Club is on the hunt for its next charity partner, for which it hopes to raise £500,000 or more over the course of a year.

To qualify for the partnership, which is now in its 30th year, a charity must have an annual voluntary income of between £500,000 and £2m and be seeking funding for a "transformational" project based across several regions of the UK.

The funds must be used within three years of receipt.

Funds are donated by the October Club’s 600 members at events including a race day at Royal Ascot in July and a fundraising dinner at the Savoy hotel in London in October.

Last year’s fundraising dinner raised £610,000 for the October Club’s 2016 partner, the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, which funds research into potential treatments for the disease.

The club’s previous partner was the Honeypot Children’s Charity, which provides respite breaks for young carers.

The club typically prefers to support charities that do not work in the same field as its partners for the previous two years. It received 60 applications last year.

A charity can apply by completing a three-page form, giving details of the cause, staff and governance structure and an overview of the transformational project it wishes to undertake.

Applications close on 10 March, at which point a consultant and the club’s board will draw up a shortlist of charities.

These charities will then deliver a pitch to the club’s committee, which is chaired by Mark Pumfrey, a senior manager at the financial company Liquidnet.

The club’s charity partnerships normally commence in the summer and are announced at a drinks reception at the House of Commons.

To apply for a partnership with the October Club, click here.

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