For many business centre operators and clients across the world, December is a time of giving. And while not everyone who occupies or manages a workspace chooses to celebrate Christmas, many still join in the occasion by giving back to those in need.
Of course, the act of giving is certainly not limited to the festive season. So we’ve taken a look back over the past 12 months to learn what the flexible workspace community has been up to, and which causes are close to their hearts.
In the U.S., Quest Workspaces has been busy rolling out its charitable initiative – Quest Cares – which supports various organizations local to its centers.
According to CEO Laura Kozelouzek, Quest Cares was launched due to a desire to contribute to the community, and what started as donating vacant office and meeting space to local non-profits soon became a larger initiative involving volunteer days, fundraising and more.
Premier Business Centers is always on the charity campaign trail, participating in various causes such as the recent Suits For A Cause initiative, designed to support the clients of Women Helping Women. The mission is to build financial stability for disadvantaged people through employment success – and that starts with a professional wardrobe. Last time around, Premier donated 19 full boxes of clothing and shoes to the cause.
At American Executive Centers, giving back starts with tapping into each center’s local community. The company has helped a long list of charities such as Bringing Hope Home, the Salvation Army Toy Collection, Toys for Tots, and Hopeworks ‘N Camden.
Atrium Executive Center supported various causes this year including Toys for Tots and Operation Backpack. It also donates to clients’ fundraising campaigns – such as Covenant House’s Sleep Out Challenge – and raises awareness through social media.
In the UK, business center operators and brokers all over the country donate to charities large and small.
The Instant Group made a donation to their chosen charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital, and has raised awareness for the organization through various means including its Christmas e-cards.
UBC has raised hundreds in 2015 for various charities including Teenage Cancer Trust, Kids Out Charity, The Mark Pollock Trust and more, while Orega sent its cofounders Zach Douglas and Paul Finch on a gruelling 350-mile cycling challenge for 1moreChild, a Ugandan children’s charity.
Business center manager Hana King and the Circle Offices team, Chloe, Kristina and Katy, took to the skies earlier this year for a hair-raising tandem sky dive to support the Institute for Cancer Research. The team pulled in a fantastic total – over £2,550 – smashing their original target.
Ventia Offices has been taking on extreme sports in the name of charity too. This year, Ventia both sponsored and competed in the Croyde Ocean Triathalon and Beach Breaker challenge, raking in over £5,000 for charities Surfers Not Street Children, Surfers Against Sewage, Croyde Surf Life Saving Club, and the Children’s Hospice South West.
Basepoint Business Centres has fundraised for charities close to their centres, taking on all manners of activities and challenges including skydiving, climbing Mount Snowdon, abseiling and hosting coffee mornings and raffles, match-funding £178,000 in the process.
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Basepoint itself is owned by The ACT Foundation, a UK grant-making charity, which means 100% of the profit Basepoint makes is put back into local communities to support ACT’s charitable objectives.
Further afield, business centers all over the world have been busy raising money for worthy causes.
Asian Pacific in Melbourne and Adelaide, Australia, has been undertaking Christmas charity work in support of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. “We’re collecting art supplies, including canvases, paint brushes, paint sets, crayons, and colouring books, that go into a pool of gifts for children on the ward,” says Julia Cipullo, Assistant Marketing Manager.
For a company the size and scale of Regus, giving to charity comes naturally. Across the world, Regus staff have pulled together this year to donate to many different causes including Operation Christmas Child, St. Mungo’s, Samaritan’s Purse, and Macmillan Cancer Support among others.
2015 has also been a busy year for The Executive Centre, which has supported global anti-poverty organization, CARE International, through its Life2Live campaign and also donated 150 million grains of rice to CHOICE Cambodia.
Finally, a coworking operator in South Africa is harnessing the power of collaboration to set up an innovation hub for refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. The initiative is still in its early stages but we’re told it’s “full steam ahead” and we hope to see it launching early in 2016.
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