Bank going beyond to support Canberra community
Have you ever helped out a friend by collecting their child when you are doing the school run, provided a family member with much needed last minute babysitting services, or even manned the barbeque on a Saturday to raise funds for your local sporting team?
If you have, then you are part of Australia’s army of volunteers. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community. They are there when we need them most, lending a helping hand and asking nothing in return.
At Beyond Bank Australia, we believe in supporting not-for-profit organisations and volunteers in unique and helpful ways to build their capacity to impact local communities and to improve the lives of the people who live there.
Our staff spend a significant number of hours volunteering each year. In 2015, they clocked up an impressive 280 days helping out in the community with local charities. In 2016, they are on target to exceed this result. Not-for-profits often turning to us for additional manpower if they are shorthanded for an event.
Volunteering and Contact ACT is the peak body for volunteering in the ACT and has worked with us for many years.
“Beyond Bank is a terrific community partner,” Volunteering and Contact ACT Acting General Manager, Rikki Anderson praised. “This is because they believe in offering a true partnership, which goes beyond just the transaction of providing funds through sponsorship.”
Assistance provided to Volunteering and Contact ACT includes provision of a volunteering blog to promote volunteer jobs in the ACT; support for a quarterly forum where not-for-profit volunteer managers can network, share ideas, and hear from experts; and sponsoring the ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards.
In April, Beyond Bank is partnering with Volunteering Australia to hold the 2016 National Volunteering Conference here in Canberra. To learn more about the Conference or register to attend, visit www.volunteeringaustralia.org.
Last year, we invested more than $2.14 million into our Community Development Programs, which brought the total investment since 2007 to more than $12.4 million.
One of the most tangible ways Beyond Bank helps individuals and business to give to not-for-profit organisations is through a unique Community Reward Account. This account has provided over $2 million to organisations around the country through this initiative.
Not-for-profit organisations interested in exploring the unique partnering opportunities with Beyond Bank can contact Community Development Manager, Karyn Williams on 02 6286 0597, who can talk to you about how we may be able to work together.