KPMG staff and partners have raised over £120,000 for the firm’s national charity partners Action for Literacy and Shelter through a ‘First Hour’ appeal.
The record amount was raised through over 1,600 staff and partners donating their first hour’s salary of 2013 to the charities. With staff donations matched by the firm, the final total raised was £123,770 – slightly up on last year’s appeal, and the highest amount KPMG has ever raised through the initiative.
KPMG entered into its new, two year partnership with the two charities in November of last year. The firm aims to raise over £1 million for the two causes, support the charities through pro bono work and skilled volunteering, and help raise awareness of the critical issues they work on.
Action for Literacy is a new partnership between Dyslexia Action and National Literacy Trust whose work has strong synergies with KPMG’s existing educational programmes. Shelter works to tackle the root causes of homelessness and bad housing and help people find and keep a home.
Marianne Fallon, Head of Corporate Affairs at KPMG, said: “We are delighted with the fantastic and generous response from staff which has raised a record amount for these two great causes. We are really looking forward to working closely with both charities over the next two years to raise as much money as we can for the vital work that they do, and to provide a sustainable legacy through long-term improvements to their businesses. We want to play our part in raising awareness of the important issues they represent in our society and have a voice with them in public policy debate.”
More information about KPMG’s work with the charities can be found at www.kpmg.com/uk/nationalcharities
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