inspire was established by Darryl Cooke, one of the founders of law firm, gunnercooke LLP. He wanted to build a legacy that was bigger than a business. A legacy that would last longer than profit or growth.
He looked at charities he could support and was amazed to discover that there were over 165,000 of them in the UK alone. How could you choose? Where to start? Yet of these thousands, only a small number were household names.
In fact, over 70% of all charitable donations in the UK were given to just the top 1% of these charities.
There are many, many charities operating at the grass roots with almost no funding, no resource and few connections. Does that make their causes any less noble? No. Does it make their leaders any less inspiring? Of course not. These charities are operating in our communities, near to our homes and close to our hearts. And we believe that every business has the power to start helping them, today.
Corporate philanthropy is a growing movement. Companies do not operate or exist in isolation from the society around them. The more social improvement a company undertakes, the more it will lead to economic benefits to the company. Social and economic goals are not in conflict but are integral to a company’s growth. inspire* exists to provide that connection.
Inspire* connects businesses and business people to a purpose beyond profits. There are numerous ways that businesses can become involved in inspire* and make a difference.
WHAT IS INSPIRE?
inspire brings leaders of third sector organisations together to form groups or 'Hubs' of 8-10 members who are then paired with a Hub Leader who is a person with extensive business experience, contacts and a desire to help small to medium size charities and not for profits.
In addition to offering a peer support network, regular meetings and informal mentoring, inspire also aims to close those knowledge gaps through bringing in expert speakers within a range of fields from bid writing to recruitment and fundraising to strategy planning, we work with our hubs to deliver the content they most need help and support with.
Our members have found the network invaluable, being a leader can often be a lonely place but through inspire we aim to give members a sounding board, advice from those who have been through similar issues or the chance to work through challenges together. We're also totally free.
We're continually adding to what we offer through inspire so please visit our 'For Charities' link below to find out more.
If you think you would like to become a Hub Leader or on our expert panel to deliver workshops please visit 'For Business' link.