On Sunday 5 May, 11 spritely accountants selflessly sacrificed a weekend of bank holiday shenanigans in favour of an altogether more philanthropic cause – the 2019 Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k. Raising money for Corrigan’s Quartet Fund, training had been tough with competition running high between Partners and Managers including daily comparisons of Strava statistics, a notable decline in numbers at the Friday night watering hole, and not a little in-house heckling to boot. Diets were honed, carbs were off-limits, and protein was key.

Friends, family, clients and colleagues supported not only through generous donations to the fund, for which we’d like to thank them once again, but also amongst the crowds on the day with encouraging cheers and the promise of an ice-cold refreshment at the end of the course.

As much as it’s the ‘taking part that counts’, we’re delighted (and somewhat bemused) to announce that we were awarded ‘Runner’s Up place (male team)’ in the Small Business category of the Engie Business Challenge. More importantly, however, the generous donations received, alongside an additional 50% contribution from Quartet’s Lasting Legacy match scheme, have allowed us to reach our goal of ‘named fund status’ which in turn means that we can start to use our fund to support local charities of our choosing.

Corrigan first set up their fund with Quartet in April 2015 and have been making regular donations ever since so we are delighted to have finally reached our goal and look forward to utilising this towards our chosen charity sector of ‘Youth Homelessness’ within the local communities.

Quartet’s Lasting Legacy Match Scheme

Quartet Community Foundation has recently received a £1 million legacy gift from a local person who sadly passed away last year. The donor’s generous family have kindly agreed that they can use this legacy to stimulate local philanthropy by encouraging new donors to establish permanent funds and supporting existing donors to grow their funds.

The income from these funds will make grants forever to help give people in the West of England a fair chance of a good life.

Put simply, Quartet will match every £2 you donate with a further £1 – and you may be eligible for Gift Aid too.

Can I receive The Lasting Legacy Match?

The match is open to individuals, families, charitable trusts and businesses wishing to establish a new permanent fund or add to an existing fund with Quartet. It’s available on a first-come, first-served basis for permanent donations to benefit charitable causes in the West of England in perpetuity.

How do I give?

From 1 April 2019 you can set up a new permanent fund with Quartet or add to an existing fund. Quartet will add 50% to your cash donation, which can also attract Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer. You can also donate publicly quoted shares which may attract tax relief.

How much can I give?

If you’re setting up a new fund with Quartet the minimum donation is £25,000 which they’ll match with an extra 50%. If you are adding to an existing fund, the minimum donation is £5,000. There is an initial maximum donation of £200,000 to give as many people as possible the chance to take advantage of this offer.

Will I have to wait to start giving grants?

The Gift Aid on donations will be available for immediate distribution (and will not be matched) so if you’re a UK taxpayer you can start making grants straight away. If you’re not able to claim Gift Aid, then you’ll be able to start making grants once income has accumulated which will be no more than four months after your donation.

Who will my fund support?

Income from funds that are boosted by this match will be used to support local charitable activity within the West of England that addresses needs or provides opportunities. You will receive the benefit of Quartet’s philanthropy advice, research and knowledge about issues facing disadvantaged people to help you decide on the people and places you most want to support.
To find out more contact Ronnie Brown, Philanthropy Director ronnie.brown@quartetcf.org.uk or phone him on 0117 989 7705.