We have always believed in the importance of giving back to our community and have built long lasting partnerships and committed to meaningful projects to support causes we care about.
As a natural evolution of our long-term commitment to charitable giving, The Mako Foundation was formed in 2020 as a registered charity (registered charity number: 1187040) and it supports a number of causes globally through fundraising events and activities. The Foundation's Trustees value employee engagement and staff input to help identify charities and causes to support. Staff are actively encouraged to participate in the Foundation's activities through fundraising events, volunteering and direct participation.
One of the biggest fundraising events of the year is Dealing for Donations Day, where staff and members of the financial community are invited to support the Foundation's identified charity partners. The Mako Foundation currently supports WeSeeHope and The Selby Trust as its headline partners.
Dealing for Donations Day was set up by Mako in 2002, partially inspired by WeSeeHope's 1010 challenge, as well as a desire to increase active participation in philanthropic efforts across the industry. The event has been, and continues to be, an overwhelming success. One day every year, we put on a great fundraising effort inviting fellow members of the financial community to join us in supporting our headline charities. So far we have raised over £4m.
Once a year, all of our employees have the opportunity to spend a full day volunteering for a local charity and offer hands on help. Not only does this benefit the charities themselves, but it also builds awareness of the work charities do within our local area and community.
Since 2008, Mako has volunteered at a local primary school, assisting with a reading programme run by Inspire!, a charity based in the London Borough of Hackney. Our volunteers help young children improve their reading skills and develop their self-confidence.
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