Congratulations from Cure 4 CF
So the news of our wonderful partners at Beyond Bank Australia being awarded the Best Financial Institution in Corporate Social Responsibility at the Australian Retail Banking Awards was announced in May, and already there has been such a buzz amongst our community here at Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis.
Why? Because it kind of feels like the rest of Australia has finally been made aware of one of the best kept secrets – that great things happen, and immense positive change is driven from people and businesses established right here in South Australia.
I mean just look at the impact Beyond Bank Australia have made during the year.
The First Australian Bank to become B Corp certified.
This essentially means they are using their powers as a business for good, so that everyone benefits. And, this is something we have experienced firsthand at Cure4CF when Beyond Bank introduced us to world class creative agency Nation, who have since taken on our Foundation as a probono client and are helping us to deliver a united movement to help cure cystic fibrosis.
$2.21m invested into community programs and partnerships, which is 9% of their profits after tax.
Now as a small Foundation, supporting medical research for a disease that is not very well known or understood, every single dollar that is donated really does count – and really does make a big difference to our goal of a cure for cystic fibrosis. Beyond Bank Australia have come on board as a member of our Ambassador Circle, a collective of business leaders and philanthropists who are creating a sustainable income source to progress the research we support toward human clinical trials – we love that Beyond Bank Australia see this as a worthwhile investment and partnership.
2,992 hours volunteered by our staff.
Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis is run by two part-time employees and a voluntary board. So when it comes to large scale events and activities we certainly struggle with delivering the human resources to make them happen. But then in steps our white knights in Purple armour, the Beyond Bank Australia team who, with smiling faces and gracious hearts, stand united with us, roll up their sleeves and help us bring these events to life and raise funds to take us closer to a cure for cystic fibrosis.
$390,000 donated to more than 300 groups through our community reward program.
Now this is a program we love, an income stream that really no one has to work hard for! Just by creating a community reward account our members contribute financially to us without having to lift a finger.
Supporting 13 different start-ups and businesses by investing more than $180,000.
At Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis we are excited by innovation, which is why we support medical research. We know that it is the big thinkers, the visionaries, those who take risks and persevere through the tough times that will create the biggest changes in the world – in our case it is what is leading to the development of a potential cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The fact that Beyond Bank Australia invests in people who demonstrate that entrepreneurial spirit just shows that they too see a bigger picture, and a better world for all of us.
So are we at Cure 4 Cystic Fibrosis a little bit proud of our partnership with Beyond Bank Australia? You bet! They are a values driven organisation that are helping people achieve their financial goals while building stronger communities, it kind of feels wrong sometimes even calling them a bank as they are so much more than that, oh that’s right…they are ‘Beyond’ Bank.
Linda Jones – Cure 4 CF Foundation