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Our support for charities and good causes in 2023

Take a look at how our colleagues and customers have given their time or money to causes they care about this year.

Giving Tuesday is a global day which encourages people to do good, celebrating generosity, collaboration and giving. Take a look at some highlights of how our colleagues and customers have supported causes they care about so far in 2023:

 

Volunteering

We encourage our colleagues to volunteer their time to support good causes; colleagues get three days a year to volunteer, and they can support any cause they like. In 2023 colleagues have volunteered over 76,230 hours assisting on our education programme MoneySense for Schools and our Financial Foundations workshops for adults, and helping rejuvenate local community spaces through The Conservation Volunteers programme, where we’ve planted over 72,700 trees in the past year alone. 

 

Later this year our colleagues will support causes that resonate with them over the festive season, including taking part in in Social Bite’s (a charity seeking to end homelessness) Festival of Kindness, and volunteering with food collections for foodbanks.

Do Good Feel Good

Our ‘Do Good Feel Good’ programme encourages colleagues to support something they’re passionate about. In the past year they’ve donated and fundraised over £2.5 million for good causes. We held a Do Good Feel Good challenge in September which saw colleagues get involved in fundraising challenges across the UK included cycling, running, bungee and abseiling. Colleagues raised over £446,800 for charitable causes during the September campaign, including fund matching by us. 

Support for disasters and emergencies:

Following the devastating earthquakes which hit Turkey and Syria earlier this year, colleagues and customers at NatWest Group donated over £3 million to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), including fund matching by us. In the first three months of response the funds raised for the DEC appeal were used to provide emergency cash transfers, shelter, medical treatment, hot food, clean water and hygiene provisions. Later funds supported individuals in rebuilding their lives and repairing vital infrastructure.

Payroll Giving:

Our colleagues are encouraged to sign up to our Payroll Giving scheme and donate to charity. Since January 2023 the total value of donations by colleagues through Payroll Giving is over £1.78 million, with two months still left in 2023. The UK payroll giving scheme provides a simple, tax efficient way for employees to make regular and one-off donations to charity direct from their salary.

Also, if a UK colleague signs up for Payroll Giving or increases their current donation by 31 December 2023, we’ll give them a charity donation of £125 which they can then donate to charities of their choice.

 

2023 – our colleagues’ and customer’s support in numbers

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How we’re supporting #GivingTuesday

We’re donating £350,000 to charities for #GivingTuesday 

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