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The Community Investment Fund

We proudly launched the EdenTree Community Investment Fund on 2 October 2017. Our aim is to be fully involved in partnership with two chosen charitable organisations, with EdenTree members providing volunteering and other support. We are delighted to be working closely with two organisations at the cutting edge of making a valuable and lasting impact in their specialist areas.

A part of the Greater Giving programme

As part of a unique financial services group, all of our distributable profits go to good causes via our charitable parent, the All Churches Trust. Since rebranding as EdenTree Investment Management in 2015, it has been our aim to develop a specific community investment programme, as part of Ecclesiastical Group’s ‘Greater Giving’ programme, which encourages the Group’s subsidiary businesses to develop local community giving programmes of their own.

One of our aims was to link directly the community programmes we supported to our nine positive pillars of ethical screening so as to align directly with the business.

We engaged London Community Foundation, the largest of the 46 national community foundations, to work with us in inviting applications from interested organisations. We decided to focus on the needs of young people, particularly girls, in the areas of sexual health, relationships education, mental health, addiction, bullying or other youth based training, education and support.

At an early stage we knew that we wanted to work with small, innovative organisations that are having a remarkable impact, and it was clear that our total Community Investment Fund of £150,000 would be too large for many organisations to easily ‘digest’. 

We therefore decided to split the Fund, so that the flagship project would receive £120,000 over three years, with the remainder awarded as annual one-off grants of £10,000 to organisations operating in our other priority areas of human rights and the environment.

We proudly launched the EdenTree Community Investment Fund on 2nd October – our aim is to be fully involved over the life of the partnership with team members providing volunteering and other support to our two chosen partners. We are delighted to be working closely with two organisations at the cutting edge of making a valuable and lasting impact in their specialist areas.

More information about these two organisations can be found below.

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Futures Theatre

A performance based education specialist that creates and produces work from a female perspective that places women at the centre.  Futures specialises in commissioning work that tours schools and youth audiences across London, focusing on young people’s needs. Our grant supports the tour of ‘Underwater Love’ a challenging piece that explores how young people can assert themselves within relationships in a world saturated with social media, peer pressure and sexual imagery. Each performance is followed by an interactive workshop in which students engage with the material, act out scenarios, and explore how they can affect positive change.

Staff have used their annual volunteering entitlement to attend performances at schools across London, with incredibly positive feedback. We are delighted to be supporting such an innovative arts based project focused on empowering young women and driving positive change in their lives.

More information on the work of Futures Theatre can be found at www.futurestheatre.co.uk 

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Street Talk

The staff panel also chose to support a very small organisation, Street Talk, which provides intensive counselling and therapy for women caught up in trafficking or street work. Their aim is to provide professional, specialist care, for as long as it takes, for some of the most vulnerable and brutalised women with complex needs. The therapeutic services Street Talk offers take time, and our grant will fund a professional counsellor to work with 30 women over the course of a year.

More information on the work of Street Talk can be found at www.streettalkuk.org/

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