The mission of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), helping communities and enriching lives, is more important than ever in these uncertain times.
We remain steadfastly focused on helping those in need and raising funds for our Community Grants Programme. However, we cannot do it alone. We need your support to raise vital funds for people at risk.
The insurance industry plays an important role in society and the IICF asks everyone to help people at risk in our local communities at this critical time. Now more than ever, by coming together as an industry, we can make a much greater impact. Don’t wait. This is the time to give.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1. Contribute to IICF’s Industrywide Campaign
Donate to the IICF UK COVID-19 Crisis: Community Relief Fund
Consider a personal or company donation and matched funding. Funds raised through this campaign will help people at even greater risk of food insecurity, educational disruption, homelessness and other circumstances exacerbated by the crisis.
2. Support IICF UK each time you shop online
Shop online at 4,300 stores including John Lewis, Ocado and Boots to raise meaningful funds for IICF UK.
It’s free and quick and easy to sign up to Give as You Live:
– Choose your charity: The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation UK
– Shop! Choose your favourite stores or click on a particular store and shop as normal
– Bookmark Give as You Live and remember to return to giveasyoulive.com/join/iicf_uk
3. Connect Employees Through Virtual Fundraising
We’ve heard a common challenge faced by companies is finding innovative and social ways to connect employees, many of whom are working remotely for the first time. Virtual fundraising is a simple and effective way to bring employees together while raising vital funds for IICF. We’ve shared some ideas below to get you started.
To set up a fundraising page, go to https://givi.ng/l21b and click Fundraise For This Appeal at the bottom of the page.
Donate your daily commute or coffee
Saving money on your daily coffee or commute to work? Donate your daily or weekly spend to IICF. Even better, if you are a season ticket holder and have secured your refund from your rail company, consider donating a percentage to charity.
Arrange a fitness challenge
Take on the One Million Step Challenge: 3 months, 1 million steps. Sign up and get fit for summer at your own pace, wherever you are. Log your daily steps and raise what you can.
One million steps too many? Set up your own fitness challenge and invite individuals or teams to cycle, walk or run a target number of KM or challenge people to be the first to reach 50 miles to Brighton, 500 miles to Paris or 1,000 miles to Rome. Set fundraising targets, compete between offices and consider matched funding.
Host a virtual contest
Host a virtual photo contest where every pound donated is a vote to select a winner. Create a theme relevant to IICF or your company or simply something entertaining such as best pet photos, best dressed on a conference call or an image of working from home.
Select a start and end date, choose a prize for the winner, for instance being featured in the next on-line newsletter, and use email and social media to encourage participation.
Donate items sold on E-bay
Now is a good opportunity to sort through your possessions and declutter. Sell your items on E-bay, or go to a website like Music Magpie, which will give you cash in return for your old DVDs. Donate the money you make to IICF.
4. Volunteer & SERVE YOUR COMMUNITY REMOTELY
The crisis caused by Covid-19 is impacting all of us. For some, this impact is catastrophic: People no longer have access to food to feed their families; people on the breadline, in insecure work and zero-hour contracts have no safety net to fall back on; and others are more isolated than ever before.
How can you help? Continue reading for ways to help others from your home or in your local community. For volunteer safety guidelines please visit the NCVO website.
Connect to charities needing volunteers & resources
Business in the Community, with Founding Partner AXA, has created the COVID-19 National Business Response Network to connect community needs to companies with resources and employees who can help. Requests from charities, school and community groups include technology, professional advice and resources. Learn more.
Look out for your neighbours
Offer to help elderly neighbours or key workers with shopping and other errands. Download the NextDoor app to connect with people in your postcode, or post an offer to help thorough neighbours’ letterboxes.
Donate to your local food bank
Make a donation or help with local deliveries to support people who cannot afford the essentials in life. Click here to find your local food bank.
Adopt a grandparent
CHD Living homes are pairing residents with caring individuals in the community who want to help combat loneliness with the aim of creating long-lasting intergenerational friendships. Learn more.
Be a telephone befriender
The Octavia Foundation is looking for telephone befrienders to help an older, isolated person feel more connected and less lonely without ever leaving your home. Apply now.
Do Something Amazing
Give Blood at a local clinic or hospital.
Inspire young people at Brightside
Help update online resources, share your experience in a Brightside Talk or Ask the Expert session or act as a mentor during the school term. Learn more.
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Looking to change the world?
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