Community

Success in our business relies on being able to recruit, motivate and retain a talented group of professionals, drawn from a diverse and representative background. We believe that diverse teams drawn from different sectors of society have a broader outlook and are better equipped to originate attractive investment opportunities and manage our portfolios. We therefore focus our charitable activities on the disadvantaged, on young people and on education, aiming to equip young people from all backgrounds with the tools and opportunities to pursue a successful career. The charities we partner with are supported on the basis of their effectiveness and impact. We also support staff giving and sponsorship through matching donations.

Our charitable giving for the year to 31 March 2017 totalled £288,000.

For more information on the charities we support and on our charitable activities, please see our Corporate responsibility report.

The Passage

The Passage, which is based very near to our London office, has a high impact on the local community. 3i funds The Passage’s Employment, Training and Welfare Rights team, which provides homeless and insecurely housed people with support to find a way back into employment and explore training and educational options.

The Passage - Helping homeless people

Community Links

Community Links is an east London charity, running a wide range of community projects for over 5,000 people every year. Based in Newham, one of the most deprived boroughs in London, Community Links has 40 years of experience working with local people to support children, young people, adults and families.

Community Links

Historic Royal Palaces

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. 3i helps fund the Learning and Engagement programme, which aims to take adults, families, young people and children on a learning journey of discovery.

Historic Royal Palaces

National Youth Orchestra

For almost 70 years the vision of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain has been to be the most inspirational orchestra for young people in the UK.

National Youth Orchestra

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly tackles loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone.

Contact the Elderly

Give As You Earn

In the UK, we promote the Give As You Earn scheme, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation. 3i’s matching of employee donations totalled £47,000 through this scheme in the year.

Matching donations

3i has a policy of matching the amount raised by UK staff through sponsorship by family and friends of their fundraising efforts for UK registered charities. 3i contributed £17,000 in matching donations in the year to 31 March 2017.

Bridges Fund Management

3i is proud to be a founding investor in Bridges Fund Management (previously Bridges Ventures), a privately-owned UK venture capital company with a social mission.

Its strategy is to focus exclusively on opportunities where investments can generate attractive investor returns through helping to meet pressing social or environmental challenges, for example, backing businesses that generate jobs in underserved areas or building environmentally friendly care homes for the elderly to sustain an ageing population.

Bridges currently manages over £800m across three fund types: Sustainable Growth Funds, Property Funds and Social Sector Funds. www.bridgesfundmanagement.com

Bridges Ventures

Community

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