Offshore legal and finance firm Appleby has handed out checks to 10 local charities to distribute funds raised in its inaugural charity day.
The charities selected for the donations were: Cayman HospiceCare, Meals on Wheels, the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, the Cayman Islands Red Cross, Literacy is for Everyone, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation’s Mind’s Eye tours for school-aged children, Cayman Youth Inclusive Programmes, Cayman Youth Anti-Crime Trust, Canine Friends and the Cayman Islands Humane Society.
Following a week-long advertising campaign by Appleby, charities on June 23 were invited to present to the firm’s charity committee, made up of staff and partners. Charities were given half-hour time slots to present their bid for funding to the committee, after which 24 applications were received. Of those, 18 were short-listed and 10 selected.
“Charities, schools and not-for-profit organizations make a hugely valuable contribution to society. Appleby have historically supported their work through staff and corporate sponsorship but we wanted to take a fresh look at the support we provide with a view to adding value and broadening the support to a greater number of good causes,” said managing partner Bryan Hunter. Appleby staff were asked to provide feedback on the sectors they wanted to focus on for 2014. The three chosen were educational programs, child and family welfare and animal welfare.
“We were delighted with the response we received and the number of applications was overwhelming,” said organizer Nasaria Budal, Appleby business development and marketing executive.
“It was certainly a reflection of just how much support like ours is needed. We are confident that with our staff having been directly involved in the selection process, they will add further value by sharing their time and expertise as volunteers and by supporting and contributing to additional fund raising efforts throughout the year,” she added.