Consulting firm Capita has decided to deepen its partnership with youth charity The Prince’s Trust by becoming the key sponsor of its national entrepreneurial fundraising challenge: Million Makers. During the 6-month competition, teams from different companies will compete to raise money for the charity.
The Prince’s Trust is a youth charity has been founded by Prince Charles in 1976 to help people aging from 13 to 30 years from 4 priority target groups: long-term unemployed, people who have been in trouble with the law, people who are in difficulty at school, and people who have been in care. To support these groups, the charity runs different training programmes, provides mentoring support and offers financial grants. Three in four young people assisted by the charity move into work, education or training, says the non-profit institution.
Million Makers is the national entrepreneurial fundraising competition of The Prince’s Trust in which teams from different companies across the UK compete to turn an initial investment of £1,500 into at least £10,000 in six months. The aim of the challenge is for all the teams to raise a combined total of £1 million, money that will all go to the charity. The team that raises the most money will be crowned the overall winner during a national final in London.
Consulting firm Capita partnered with The Prince’s Trust in July 2014 and have since raised over £150,000 for the charity. Its employees have been involved in a wide range of events including The Trust’s Palace to Palace Cycle and the Royal Parks Half Marathon. In line with its ambition to further support the charity while at the same time invest in its employees’ skills, the firm decided to support the Million Makers challenge.
“At Capita we recognise the importance of developing our employees by investing in their skills. Participating in challenges such as Million Makers will encourage employee innovation and help our graduates to further develop their skills such as project management, leadership, teamwork, and communication. We are excited and proud to be supporting Million Makers and The Prince's Trust to help disadvantaged young people turn their lives around,” explains Andy Parker, Chief Executive of Capita.
Eriko Kobayashi, Million Makers Manager, adds: “This is the first time that Capita is supporting Million Makers and we are sure that this partnership will make this year’s competition one to remember. We are looking forward to working alongside the company, which is already supporting us as their charity of the year, to help transform the lives of disadvantaged young people who need our help the most.”