COVID-19: supporting your community partners

This Business in the Community (BITC) toolkit outlines ways in which you can support both the organisations you partner with, and their beneficiaries during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolkit includes advice on:

  • how to check in with your community partners
  • how to provide support for beneficiaries
  • grant funding and fundraising
  • how to mobilise your employees and how to collaborate with other businesses supporting your charity partners.

Context

Charities and community organisations are playing a vital role in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. However, many are facing serious challenges. Leaders in the voluntary sector have warned that UK charities are facing imminent collapse as fundraising income runs out.

Businesses are stepping up to support in this time of crisis and it is those with established community partnerships that can create real impact to the people they support.

BITC has now created a new platform that connects businesses to urgent community requests and needs called the National Business Response Network.

Fundraising appeal

BITC is also backing National Emergencies Trust’s fundraising appeal. If your business has the capability to support voluntary and community groups beyond your immediate partners, please consider donating to their appeal, as they are best placed to allocate resource based on the needs of community organisations around the country.

National Business Response Network

Founder partner AXA UK

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on towns and cities across the UK intensifies, the need to link business support to community need has never been more urgent.

To meet this need we have launched the National Business Response Network to identify community needs across the UK and match them to the right business support. Through Business in the Community’s vast regional and local connections and leaders, we are able to identify national and local community needs.
The network then connects businesses who have the resources to help.

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