Tech company celebrates raising $1m and plans to raise another million

Sage set the target for its philanthropic foundation just over a year ago, and 13,000 staff in 23 countries hit it through voluntary work and fundraising challenges

A multinational company that lets staff choose which charities to fundraise for has celebrated raising $1m globally and announced plans to double this figure.

The technology company Sage set its philanthropic division, the Sage Foundation, the $1m (£750,000) target just over a year ago.

The foundation achieved it by encouraging Sage's 13,000 staff in 23 countries to dedicate five paid days a year to the causes close to their hearts, through voluntary work and fundraising challenges.

Since then more then 1,000 charities worldwide have benefited, including Action for Children and the Royal British Legion, plus smaller charities including Working Chance, which helps women leaving the criminal justice or care system to find employment, Me 2 Club, which supports children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, and First Days Children's Charity.

About £350,000 was raised by Sage staff and partner organisations in the UK.

A further £10,000 was raised at Sunday's Reading Half Marathon, which the company sponsors. Its Sage People division is based in Reading.

Steve Hare, chief executive of Sage, joined runners at the race to celebrate achieving the $1m milestone and announce the new $2m global target.

Hare said the challenge had brought staff from all levels of the company together to support their chosen charities.

"From bake sales and cycling events to dance-a-thons and marathons, Sage colleagues, customers and partners have dedicated themselves to helping others," he said.

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