Macquarie community campaign sparks huge support

Global, 01 December 2014

From pizza lunch fundraisers in Los Angeles to photography displays in Kuala Lumpur, magic lessons in Hong Kong to bake sales in Dublin, trans-Atlantic rowing competitions in London and Houston to karaoke in Manila, pink shirt days in Sydney to arm-wrestling in Calgary... Thousands of Macquarie staff were involved in more than 160 events organised to support local community organisations around the world for the company’s inaugural ‘Foundation Week’ initiative.

The nine-day event, held between 11-19 October, saw staff initiate a range of activities supporting more than 120 community organisations across 40 Macquarie offices.

Together with Macquarie Group Foundation matching support for staff fundraising and donations, more than $A1 million was raised over the period. 

This contribution was in addition to the many kilos of clothes and other goods collected across several offices for community organisations working with the disadvantaged as well.

Foundation head Lisa George said Foundation Week was designed to recognise and celebrate the depth and diversity of community support undertaken by Macquarie staff around the world.

The commitment to organising and participating in so many activities during Foundation Week reflects the importance Macquarie staff place on supporting community organisations.

A popular feature of the week was the special ‘2 for 1’ incentive matching for team fundraising events, with amounts up to $A5,000 double matched, instead of the single matching the Foundation normally provides under its staff support policy.

In some offices, information sessions with Macquarie grant partners also provided an opportunity for staff to learn more about community organisations funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation.

At a lunchtime meeting with grant partner Streetwise Opera in London, staff were inspired to join a singalong with Streetwise’s homeless participants, while in Sydney staff quizzed the leaders of OzHarvest, Can Too and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

New York staff met with more than a dozen local non-profit organizations and their clients during a moving ‘Stories of Impact’ lunch and Manila employees learnt more about Hospicio de San Jose, ABC Foundation and CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education).

Image caption: For one day during Foundation Week, Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Sydney dealing room staff wore pink shirts to work to raise money for the Cancer Council.