As an independent Edinburgh charity, St Columba’s Hospice is built on an ethos of involvement with our local community and businesses.
We’ve worked together with a variety of organisations in Edinburgh and Scotland and have built lasting and mutually beneficial corporate partnerships. The following information might help with any questions you might have if you would like to support St Columba’s Hospice through your organisation.
How can corporate businesses support St Columba’s Hospice with fundraising?
There are a number of ways your company can raise money and support St Columba’s Hospice. This could include taking part in one of our fundraising events, organising your own charity event, becoming a charity of the year partner, sponsoring one of our Hospice events, or payroll giving- all ways to help the Hospice raise valuable funds. For our 40th anniversary in 2017, we also launched our 40 for 40 club – find out how it went here!
What are the benefits of charity event sponsorship?
Sponsored charity events engage your brand or company with St Columba’s Hospice and publicly show your support for the Hospice. For example, by sponsoring a Hospice event, you are helping us to cover the running costs. This means that sponsorship donations raised by event participants can go directly to Hospice care. Another way to help would be to sponsor a month in our popular Artists’ Calendar printed every year. The benefits to the organisation could including the following;
- enhancing your organisation’s image in the community as a good corporate citizen
- improving your organisation’s credibility as a socially responsible company
- improving employee motivation, morale and team relationships through involvement in charity projects
- giving your organisation and employees the opportunity to have a tangible role in helping to sustain and improve palliative care in Edinburgh
- increasing awareness of your organisation among supporters and stakeholders of St Columba’s Hospice.
What does a charity of the year partnership involve?
Choosing St Columba’s Hospice as your charity of the year is a great way to build team morale as it gives you a period of time where you can work together as a team to plan your fundraising activities.
St Columba’s Hospice will work closely with you to design a host of fundraising events and activities over an agreed period of time. We will look at the demographics of your staff and recommend fundraising activities and events that will be entertaining and fun for your staff to participate in. We can supply a Fundraising Pack which has an A-Z of Fundraising Ideas and inspiration to help with your fundraising plans, as well as providing T-shirts, balloons and pop-up stands when required.
What is payroll giving?
Payroll Giving is a flexible scheme which allows anyone who pays UK income tax to donate regularly on a tax free basis to the charities and good causes of their choice. The scheme is normally set up by your payroll department. Payroll Giving donations are deducted before tax so each £1.00 you give will only cost you 80p, and if you’re a higher rate tax payer it will only cost you 60p.
How can you inspire your employees to fundraise? By saying you’ll match their donations! Matched giving donations boost the morale of employee fundraisers as it shows them you are supporting what they do! Matched giving is a really easy way for employees to support St Columba’s Hospice.
By supporting our St Columba’s Hospice charity events, your company will get some great opportunities to increase your brand awareness. We can provide a calendar of events to promote in your workplace, with plenty to choose from to suit all preferences!
From a golf day to a quiz night, a dinner and dance to a bake sale – organising your own fundraising event is a great way for you to entertain your staff and customers whilst raising money for a great cause at the same time. We are on hand to give you support and advice with your event planning. Organising your own event is a fun and challenging way to support St Columba’s Hospice and we will help you every step of the way!
Participate in a Hospice sports challenge
We organise a range of sports events every year to raise money for the Hospice, and we also help people taking part in challenges organised by other organisations too! There is something for everyone whether you want to do the 13 mile A Walk to Remember, run for us in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, or abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge! All the sports challenge events offer great team building exercises to boost staff morale.
Encourage your employees to volunteer for St Columba’s Hospice. Their volunteering would be very much appreciated in any area they would like to help the Hospice. We currently have over 680 Hospice volunteers – receptionists, drivers, tin collectors, shop volunteers, gardeners and flower arrangers and many other roles. It is estimated the time given to the Hospice by volunteers is valued at £1 million every year. We are always looking for corporate teams as well to volunteer as a group – whether in the gardens, painting furniture, putting up the Hospice Christmas decorations, or helping with our events and campaigns.
Make a difference this year to the Hospice. The yearly cost of our services is around £8.6 million and we must raise around 75% of that through fundraising. By donating money to St Columba’s Hospice, you are helping to support Hospice patients and their families when they need it most.
Gifts in kind
If you want to support St Columba’s Hospice and you aren’t sure the best way to do so, gifts in kind could be a great way to help. Gifts in kind could be donations of second hand items, professional services or discounted services.
If you think you can help in any of the ways above please email our Trusts and Corporate Fundraiser or call us on 031 551 1381.