In 2014, the UKCloud Foundation was created to support our beliefs in demonstrating social responsibility, being charitable and serving the wider interests of society. The foundation provides the framework for UKCloud and its employees to give something back to the community and those within it.
The UKCloud Foundation promotes charitable activities in three different ways.
- Each year a percentage of our operating profits are retained and used for direct charitable donations to the “charity of the year”, as voted for by our UKCloud colleagues. This has resulted in sizeable donations being made to BBC Children in Need, Prince’s Trust, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Brownlee Foundation, the Cyber Security Challenge, and locally the Community Matters Partnership Project (CMPP) in Farnborough.
- All UKCloud colleagues are encouraged to make the best use of the “volunteer leave” day that they receive each year. They can use this time to support any charity of their choice in any way they choose, and this benefits a wide variety of good causes.
Ranging from local hospices to animal rescue centres, some of our colleagues have used their volunteer day to participate in larger charitable events – for example, the White Hat Rally which raises funds for the children’s charity Barnardo’s. Some decide to use their volunteer days collectively, perhaps combining their skills to support our local National Trust property, or donating their time and experience to the Prince’s Trust by helping prepare disadvantaged youngsters to take their first steps to employment.
- The UKCloud Foundation also provides matched funding, to further boost the fundraising efforts of individuals. Matched pound for pound, this boosts the total amount raised from a wide variety of events, including triathlons, cycle rides, mud runs and the Three Peaks Challenge.
Social responsibility is at the heart of our organisation, and we are very proud of the difference that the UKCloud Foundation has made to the lives of those who are less fortunate than ourselves.