Impetus Trust receives £310,000 grant to boost high-level volunteering
EVPA member and venture philanthropy pioneer Impetus Trust has received a £310,000 grant from the UK government’s Social Action Fund to create more opportunities for high-level volunteers to give their skills.
The funding will be used by Impetus to expand its work in recruiting, matching and deploying skilled professionals to charities that need their help. The organisation will create hundreds of high-impact social action opportunities for professionals. In particular, the skills of information technology, human resource and marketing professionals are needed to scale the portfolio of charities the trust supports.
The venture philanthropy organisation has a long history of encouraging highly-skilled volunteers to donate knowledge and experience to ambitious charities and social enterprises. In addition to this expertise, Impetus injects funding and management support into organisations to help them increase the number of final beneficiaries. Impetus focuses on charities that help people break out of the cycle of economic disadvantage.
UK Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd said: “We have awarded Impetus Trust £310,000 from the Social Action Fund so it can continue doing what it does well – helping more and more people out of poverty. This money will mean it can recruit more skilled people and deploy them to charities that need their help, making a real difference across our communities.”
Impetus announced it would be working with Brightside, an education charity that develops online mentoring projects, to broaden its reach and increase high-level volunteering.