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Published 23 May 2019
The Aviva Community Facebook group was established as part of the UK’s largest insurer’s aims to help small charities face their future with greater confidence through the provision of skills, funding and connections. As a business, Aviva depends on healthy communities for current and future customers, employees, supply chain and investors. The Aviva Community Group enables the company to practically support the much needed causes that matter to these groups.
DAC Beachcroft is helping the Aviva Community Group’s 1,200 small charitable organisations by providing a series of know-how blogs on charity law issues that may affect them. Topics to be covered include setting up a charity, appointing Trustees, and understanding different charitable funds.
Alistair Robertson, partner and Charity law expert at DAC Beachcroft, said, “We are very pleased to be supporting Aviva and their highly engaged Community Group. Not only does this initiative provide important help to charities, it is also a great example of two businesses working together to tackle responsible business issues through collaborative action.”
Tom Baker, Aviva client relationship partner at DAC Beachcroft added, “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to partner with our clients and work together on making a difference in our local communities. Aviva is a longstanding client of the firm and it was a no-brainer to team up with them to support such a broad range of charities and community groups.”
“We have worked hard to align ourselves with partnerships that benefit our clients, our communities, and our people,” said Lois Duguid, Head of Responsible Business at DAC Beachcroft. “Collaborating with Aviva to empower small charities perfectly matches the goals we have set out in our Purpose as a firm: to help our clients and colleagues succeed, and to create sustainable value for our employees, clients and our local communities.”
DAC Beachcroft’s Charities & Not-for-Profit practice has developed from its market-leading capabilities in insurance and healthcare. The team provides a truly full-service charities offering, from advising on investigations, information governance and compliance projects, day-to-day and event-driven commercial advice (including merger work), to complex disputes.
In 2018, Aviva’s global community investment totalled £17.6 million, and community programmes helped 1,554,000 people and supported 3,100 projects around the world. Through the Aviva Community Fund, Aviva has helped over 7,000 projects worldwide since 2015, exceeding a target of 5,000 projects by 2020.