Columbia Threadneedle Foundation

Volunteering

We look for opportunities where the talent and professional expertise of Columbia Threadneedle’s people can add support, through skills-based and other volunteering projects.

Columbia Threadneedle offers all permanent employees the opportunity to carry out volunteer work during normal working hours, as individuals or as teams, up to a maximum of one day per year. Not only does volunteering enhance our wider support for charities, it gives our employees the chance to develop new skills and network within the business, and for teams to collaborate more effectively across departments.

In 2017 we formed our first Volunteering Committee with representatives from across the company, to support the growth of our employee volunteering programme. We held our inaugural ‘Volunteering Week’ to coincide with an International Day of Service held by our global organisation, Ameriprise Financial. Throughout the week we held several volunteering activities per day, organised food and clothing collections and hosted lunchtime presentations by charities we work with to raise awareness of the work they do.

The 2017 volunteering programme included:

 

  • Financial education days with various charities where employees deliver lessons for young people between 10-18, covering saving, budgeting, investing, pensions and managing debt.
  • Maintaining the grounds, plants and animals at Spitalfields City Farm, an essential resource for local people and schools.
  • Hosting seaside day trips for elderly members of St Hilda’s East, a vibrant community centre in east London.
  • Serving breakfast and lunch to over 200 homeless people through charities Whitechapel Mission and Acton Homeless Concern.

Financial education days with various charities where employees deliver lessons for young people between 10-18, covering saving, budgeting, investing, pensions and managing debt. Maintaining the grounds, plants and animals at Spitalfields City Farm, an essential resource for local people and schools. Hosting seaside day trips for elderly members of St Hilda’s East, a vibrant community centre in east London. Serving breakfast and lunch to over 200 homeless people through charities Whitechapel Mission and Acton Homeless Concern.

Latest Columbia Threadneedle Foundation News

8 July 2021

Supporting financial education in UK primary schools

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is a founding supporter of a new charity, the ‘Centre for Financial Capability’. This charity will aim to provide effective and high-quality financial education to every primary aged child in the UK.
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20 April 2020

Foundation supports Covid19 relief efforts

Columbia Threadneedle Foundation is pleased to join other long-term funders of UK charities, in signing a statement recognising the impacts of covid19 and providing reassurance of our ongoing support across London’s communities.
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19 February 2020

Foundation supports the first inclusive Mountain Bike school in Spain

On February 2020, Columbia Threadneedle Foundation and A LA PAR, a Spanish charity that helps people with learning disabilities, signed a collaboration agreement to promote inclusive sport through the newly created first inclusive Mountain Bike school in Spain.
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