We couldn't fund and support thousands of community projects across Greater Manchester without the help from local businesses.

Supporting Forever Manchester can help differentiate your brand from your competitor’s, provide you with valuable PR opportunities and increase staff involvement and build morale through fundraising, volunteering and networking opportunities.

If you own or work for a company based in Greater Manchester, the chances are that 90% of your colleagues live in Greater Manchester and are part of the very communities that we support.

Please scroll down to see the many ways that your company get involved.

MANCHESTER MILLION

Our aim is to raise £1 million per year from companies based in the area. The Manchester Million proposition helps a company to deliver the local element of its corporate social responsibility agenda – making a long-lasting contribution to groups near where your company is based and where your staff live. £1 million is equivalent to helping 1,000 community groups with a £1,000 award.

According to the Chamber of Commerce there are approximately 130,000 businesses in Greater Manchester, so there are more than enough businesses out there that can help us raise our £1 million target.

Manchester Million members pledge to donate at least £1,000 to help us to support the vital work of grassroots projects at the heart of our communities.

Some Manchester Million partners go that extra mile to engage with the work that we do by running their own fundraising events and taking up volunteer opportunities.

For more information about how your organisation can get involved please contact Jean Mills on 0161 214 0940 or email jean@forevermanchester.com

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship is a great way to support Forever Manchester whilst gaining fantastic brand awareness and exposure for your company.

By sponsoring one of Forever Manchester events you can help build positive brand awareness across Greater Manchester. It’s a great way of connecting with target audiences while demonstrating good corporate citizenship and also provides an opportunity for you company to network and entertain clients.

We’re experienced in developing and delivering flexible sponsorship packages to meet your objectives and budget. Together we can deliver a partnership that meets your marketing objectives whilst raising vital funds for communities projects across Greater Manchester.

Benefits of sponsoring a Forever Manchester event.

  • Flexible, tailored sponsorship packages
  • Generate positive PR and increased brand profile from the association with one of the Greater Manchester’s best known charities
  • Engagement and promotion of your company to a key target audience
  • Access to networking opportunities
  • Demonstrate your corporate social responsibility at a local level.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities with Forever Manchester. Please get in touch with our Marketing Team at marketing@forevermanchester.com

CREATING YOUR OWN FUND

Setting up a named fund is a great way for your company to get directly involved in community philanthropy, without the administrative and legal costs of setting up a separate charitable trust.

Hear how some of current donors have benefited from working in partnership with Forever Manchester.

We provide personal support to ensure your giving is effective and we will help you to match your company’s charitable interests with local needs.

Options for named funds vary depending on the size of gift and how involved you want to be in expressing preferences for groups to receive support. You can allow us to direct and manage your fund or you can spend time with us recommending projects and groups that you wish to benefit from it. We can advise you on the best approach for your named fund and, once active, we will match it with appropriate requests for support from our communities.

Your fund can be in the name of your company. Alternatively, the fund can be completely anonymous if you prefer.

You can set up your named fund with a donation of cash, through a legacy, with transfers of shares or even a gift of property. Whatever mechanism suits your circumstances, we will make sure your giving is handled tax efficiently whether you are an individual or a business.

In every case, we sign with you a philanthropy agreement and provide you with a dedicated Forever Manchester Relationship Manager. You will receive a report every year on the charitable activity you have supported including, where appropriate, feedback from the recipients of awards.

We handle all requests for support, assess applications, manage grants made and promote funds where appropriate. All funds make a contribution each year to cover the running costs of our charitable activities. The level of this ‘fee’ depends on the size of your fund and the amount of involvement you wish to have.

Your fund can also act as a vehicle for your national and international giving.

For more information about how your organisation can get involved please contact Jean Mills on 0161 214 0940 or email jean@forevermanchester.com

SUPPORTING A THEME

If your company has an interest and passion for a particular cause or area within Greater Manchester, and wish to be strategic in your community and charitable giving, a Themed Fund delivers real impact at a local level.

For as little as £5,000 you can contribute to one of our existing themed funds.

You can help support projects that focus on:
Disability / Environment / Health & Wellbeing / Older People / Start-up groups / Young People

You can help support projects in:
Bolton / Bury / Manchester / Oldham / Rochdale / Salford / Stockport / Tameside / Trafford / Wigan

Working with Forever Manchester allows you or your company to demonstrate real philanthropic spirit and a powerful commitment to strengthening communities across Greater Manchester

For more information about how your organisation can get involved please contact Jean Mills on 0161 214 0940 or email jean@forevermanchester.com

INFINITY FUNDS

If your company wants to support local communities for years to come then establishing an endowment fund provides a safe and sustainable source of income ….forever! We call these type of funds Infinity Funds.

Infinity Funds can be set up with a minimum donation of £25,000. Your gift is kept as an asset, and invested within our investment portfolio. The income it earns supports charitable causes each year. Infinity funds turn your donation into a lasting legacy, ensuring your giving supports causes for years to come.

This is a fantastic way to leave your philanthropic mark in society and a permanent reminder of the values and priorities that set you apart. It will provide a permanent tribute to you or a loved one and extend your values for future generations.

For more information about how your organisation can get involved please contact Jean Mills on 0161 214 0940 or email jean@forevermanchester.com

MANAGING YOUR EXISTING TRUST FUNDS

If your company already has it’s own charitable trust, Forever Manchester is able to help with the practicalities of grant distribution and reporting.

If you have become overwhelmed by the administrative burden of your trust, or simply find it difficult to find the right kind of projects to support, we can take away the pain by handling all aspects of the trust on your behalf.

This is undertaken by establishing a new fund usually with the same name as the former charitable trust and transferring money from your existing fund into this new fund. We can retain or amend the charitable objects of the trust for grant making, and involve one or more former trustees as advisers to the new fund. The public face of the trust carries on as before but we will handle all the additional work caused by separate investment, administration and reporting.

We will work closely with the you, your professional advisers, trustees and the Charity Commission to ensure due diligence and process is observed when transferring the trust to us.

For more information about how your organisation can get involved please contact Jean Mills on 0161 214 0940 or email jean@forevermanchester.com