EdenTree Investment Management, our partner since 2017, are part of the Benefact Group – a charity owned, international family of specialist financial services companies that give all available profits to charity and good causes. Based in London, they want to do things differently with their community investment programme. As a socially responsible investor, they are keen to focus on hard-hitting issues that often get overlooked, and for their staff to have a say on which groups are funded.
In partnership with the London Community Foundation, we have helped them to set up the EdenTree Community Investment Fund and to connect them to smaller community organisations who provide vital services but often operate under the radar.
In its first round, EdenTree made a three-year commitment (worth £40,000 a year) to Futures Theatre, enabling them to fund ‘Underwater Love’, a production to raise awareness of the negative consequences of sharing sexual imagery and help young people to identify abusive behaviour. EdenTree also supported other smaller projects, including awarding £10,000 to Street Talk, who provide a counselling service for women trapped in street-based prostitution, as well as women who have been the victims of trafficking.
Now in its second round and after a staff vote, EdenTree have made a three-year commitment (worth £30,000 a year) to Blind in Business to support blind and sight-impaired young people into work in London. They have also made commitments (worth £10,000 a year) to Walworth Community Gardening Network, a community garden a few miles from the EdenTree office and the Drop-in Bereavement Centre which provides vital support for people who have lost a loved one.
We are delighted to be partnering with The London Community Foundation to support three fantastic charities, who are working in challenging areas and focusing on some of the most marginalised groups in London. Blind in Business is an established and experienced charity, which has achieved remarkable results over the last 30 years. We look forward to supporting the charity over the long-term in helping blind and sight impaired people into work, and working with our other two new charity partners who have also seen a sharp increase in demand for their services during the pandemic.Rita Wyshelesky, Chair of the EdenTree CSR Committee