Do you you Give A Monkeys? We do

With so many amazing small charities doing great work across the South West region if you’re a business looking to support a great local cause how do you find them?  How can you check them out and importantly how can you be sure they are really doing good work and will spend the money wisely?
AMBITIOUS is getting behind an initiative that brings hundreds of small community groups together under the name of “giveamonkeys.co.uk”.
By joining giveamonkeys.co.uk, individuals and local firms like ourselves will be building new funds exclusively for charities based in the South West.  When they are big enough, the Quartet Community Foundation will invite applications for grants, and distribute the cash.
2015 has been declared “The Year of 100 Monkeys”.  And, giveamonkeys.co.uk is challenging 100 businesses and individuals to Give a Monkey – £500.  For just over £40 a month, individuals and businesses can together raise a big fund, £50,000, for great local causes.  And donations can be made, of course, in Bristol Pounds.
Already, 15 firms have signed up to give one of the ‘100 Monkeys’, including AMBITIOUS and iconic local business, Bristol Blue Glass. 
“We believe charity should begin at home,” explained Suzie Adlington of Bristol Blue Glass.  You can’t really get much more Bristol than the blue glass-blowers of Brislington, and they signed up like a shot. “We like the simplicity, we like keeping our money local, and we kinda like the attitude of giveamonkeys, ” she added.
Photo: L-R: Suzie Adlington and Sharon Crapanzano of Bristol Blue Glass
These days the charity world is every bit as tough and competitive as the retailing High Street. Local charities fight with national brands to be seen, and to have their voice heard.  Often they are closer to the really important front line work.  They know what needs to be done, and they usually have smaller admin teams. But they are far less well known than big national charities.
Giveamonkeys.co.uk gives a big voice to small local charities, and enables all donors to make a huge difference. That’s what attracted one of Bristol’s largest commercial law firms Thrings.  Partner, James Myatt, explained the decision to give to giveamonkeys.co.uk.
James said: “This is a fantastic idea, and a great opportunity for the people and businesses of Bristol, B&NES, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to give money in 2015 to charitable projects that will directly benefit vulnerable members of their local communities.”
“It’s really easy to take part – simply commit to giving £500 to the scheme by the end of 2015. Thrings has signed up – get your business to do so too.  Offer to help raise the money – how many cakes do you need to bake and sell to hit the target? Join in and show that, like us, you Giveamonkeys about your local community.”
Photo: James Myatt, partner at Thrings

 

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