The Squire Patton Boggs Charitable Trust is a UK-registered charity (number 1064028). The Trust is funded primarily by contributions from many of the firm’s UK and European equity partners.
While those in the UK offices who are regularly involved in fundraising for charities may know the Trust quite well, there will be many more of us within the larger firm who are unfamiliar with its role and function.
The Trust is a registered charity that makes donations to charitable organizations that submit applications to it. The charity’s objects are for “General Charitable Purposes throughout England and Wales,” and it supports registered charities that, in the main, work with children and young people, the elderly and disabled, and voluntary bodies with charitable status.
The Trust is currently chaired by Rob Elvin, managing partner of the Manchester office, and fellow trustees are partners Andrew Stones (Leeds), Prew Lumley (Leeds), Jane Haxby (London), James McKay (London) and Matt Giles (Birmingham). The administrator is Liz Harris, based in the Birmingham office.
Applications for donations to registered charities can be made to Liz Harris. Such applications can be, for example, for sponsorship of charity events in which members of staff or their families, clients or contacts of the firm are taking part. To ensure that as many charities as possible can be supported, individual donations are normally capped at £500. The Trustees consider all such applications on a monthly basis.
Each year, the Trust also aims to support a selection of approximately 100 of the hundreds of charities that appeal directly to it, many of them being small organizations that struggle to get mainstream funding.
“We want to encourage people across the firm to reach out to us. Since 2020, the Trust has donated in excess of £250,000. Much of that money has gone to small local charities, specific campaigns and office-sponsored charities, but there is also scope for funding national and international charities. A huge number of our people are donating their time, energy and skills to help others through fundraising and volunteering – if we can support that in some way, so much the better.”
Please note that the trust can donate only to registered charities. We cannot donate via JustGiving links or crowdfunding for individuals.