The October Club seeks their next charity partner
The October Club is looking for the next small charity to receive its annual £500,000 funding. The October Club was founded in 1987 by a group of City workers and will only fund charities working on a transformational project. Set up in response to the plight of leukaemia sufferers, The October Club has held annual dinners ever since inception, raising over £10 million for charities. This has helped fund ground-breaking research, raising awareness and enabling challenging expansion plans. 2017 is the 30th anniversary for The October Club, funds will be raised at a gala dinner at The Savoy attended by over 400 senior City professionals, and a race day at Ascot in July. The funding is raised at just 2 events each year. Does your charity qualify? The October Club has 3 clear rules for eligibility: 1. The Club funds small and growing charities with voluntary income of between £500,000 and £2 million per annum. 2. The funding is for a transformational project based across several UK regions. 3. The funds must be used within 3 years. The October Club, run by its 25 committee members, is very clear that its goal is to help innovative fledgling charities achieve their next level. They apply extensive due diligence to make sure that the Club can have a significant impact on their chosen charity partner. Tom Isaacs, co-founder of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, the Club’s 2016 partners, said: “The October Club represents a unique and extraordinary opportunity for smaller charities with big ideas to realise their visions and make a significant impact on their chosen cause. Working with the October Club has been truly transformational for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and has enabled us to commence a project which has the capacity to embrace the entire global Parkinson’s community to work together as a team. Finally, one of the most unusual products of our dealings with the October Club is the fun we’ve had and the friends we’ve made along the way.” Chairman of The October Club, Mark Pumfrey, said: “We are proud of the City’s ongoing commitment to supporting important causes such as the one promoted by The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. We are especially grateful of the enthusiasm and the commitment of the industry, both longstanding and new supporters, whose work and generosity allows us to continue this tradition of supporting extraordinary people and causes.” Applications from charities for the 2017 charity partnership are now open and you can download the applications form via The October Club website by clicking here.