From supporting smaller charities where we feel we can make a real difference to sponsoring employees in their charitable challenges, we donate to causes where we have a personal connection.
That is why we created the Icon Foundation. It is a non-profit entity entirely funded by Icon and used for donations to good causes.
We have supported the Polka Theatre Freefalling programme since 2014. Freefalling is a drama programme provided free-of-charge to Merton Borough children aged 9-11 years old who are, or may be, at risk of social exclusion or who are experiencing difficulties at home or school.
Freefalling allows these children to realise their potential by developing positive communication, social and team skills in a collaborative, challenging, safe and fun environment. Freefalling is an early intervention programme designed to give these children the tools they need to build social skills, self-esteem and a sense of achievement.
In 2015, Icon’s Director of Operations and Director of Services (Ben Hallifax and Darren Capehorn) raised over £7,000 for Tanzania-based Amani Children’s Home by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. We feel that we can make a real difference by sponsoring employees in their charitable challenges and we often match-fund our employees’ contributions.
We’re also proud to be part of the number one payroll giving scheme in the UK. “CAF Give As You Earn” helps over 3,000 companies and 400,000 staff to give nearly £80m to charity each year. It provides us with an excellent platform for our employees to donate in a tax-efficient way to charities of their choice.
We’re delighted to have been awarded the Gold Payroll Giving Quality Mark for our organisation’s commitment to payroll giving and corporate social responsibility. It is also a great reflection of the fantastic charitable generosity of our employees.