Each year we assign a fundraising budget which allows employees the opportunity to request funds for causes that are close to their hearts. This allows us to help a wide range of organisations and offers employees a variety of ways to get involved.
Donations from Auto Trader directly to charities totalled £44,000 last year and our employees raised additional funds with fundraising activities across the year.
However, being a good corporate citizen is not just about fundraising; our community involvement policy supports employees who wish to work with communities across the UK, either as private individuals or as employees of Auto Trader. Our community sponsorship programme provides employees with a bursary to support local initiatives or clubs that they are involved with. It can be not only about making a monetary donation but also about offering our time and expertise whilst maximising the take-up of volunteering days, one of our Incredible Benefits.
We have formed a strategic partnership with Forever Manchester which will help us to make a difference in the communities in which we operate. The 2016 Auto Trader Community Fund will offer sponsorship of up to £1,000 to many local charities and community groups aimed at really making a difference in the lives of people across the region.
Leading up to Christmas last year approximately one hundred elderly visitors from local community centres near the Manchester and London offices joined us to share a Christmas dinner and festive entertainment with some of our employees.
During the last year we have also supported or sponsored Code Club in two schools in Greater Manchester, teaching young students how to code. We have also been a corporate partner for HOME, the largest art centre outside London, and the Manchester International Festival, the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events.