As a key Founding Partner, the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation has been part of our journey from the very beginning. They generously assisted with our start-up and launch in London in 2009, and became our first National Strategic Partner in 2012. In 2015, the partnership developed further as Credit Suisse became our Pioneer Growth Partner and our largest supporter. Their funding has supported both our scale up across London and our roll out to Birmingham, the wider West Midlands area and Greater Manchester. In 2020, this support has been further cemented with a new two-year grant, focused on growing our impact during a time of unprecedented change.
Credit Suisse has worked particularly closely with four of our London school partners: Daubeney Primary, Mossbourne Parkside Academy Primary and Morningside Primary in Hackney, and Prendergast Vale Secondary in Lewisham (as well as with three further schools in Birmingham and Manchester). Hundreds of their staff have generously given their time, providing an invaluable combination of employee volunteering, pro bono support and know-how. They have made a significant difference to City Year UK’s capacity, increasing our ability to support our beneficiaries and enabling us to strategically expand the programme.
“The Credit Suisse (CS) EMEA Foundation believes in a philanthropy model where our engagement goes beyond the funding. We do not see ourselves so much as a donor but as a partner, with a real commitment to and stake in the organisations and programmes we support. We will leverage our expertise, skills and networks within the Business to support partners scaling up, growing their outreach, improving their performance and expanding their pool of champions. For those organisations that understand and embrace this philanthropic model, it will lead to an incredible partnership built on tight connections and thorough understanding of each other. Our partnership with City Year UK is a perfect illustration of this model. This partnership is almost as old as the Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation and we have developed a solid and trusted relationship.”
Colin Hely-Hutchinson, Chair, Credit Suisse EMEA Foundation