corporate charities

Corporate charities

Making a positive impact in our community

Being a civic university means that we are committed to helping local communities. 

One of the ways we do this is through our corporate charities initiative which involves providing opportunities for our staff and students to get involved in raising money and volunteering their time and skills to the charities that matter to them most. The work of the charities we support fall within the following areas which are the keystones of our own strategic plan:

  • Entrepreneurship, employability and citizenship 
  • Teaching and learning 
  • Research 
  • Social and economic engagement 

Staff and students are invited to nominate the charities they would like the University to support. Nominations are put forward to a staff vote and the four with the highest votes are promoted as our corporate charity partners for a period of three years.


Supporting local people, local communities and local causes 

LJMU staff chose to support the following local charities that are making a big difference in our community:

  • Entrepreneurship, Employability and Citizenship category: Whitechapel Centre provides services to rough sleepers, people living in temporary accommodation and those at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Teaching and Learning category: Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 275,000 patients and families cared for every year.
  • Research category: Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre, run by professional volunteer counsellors, provides support to a range of clients who are unable to access the help they need through the social care system, or are unable to afford to access care independently.
  • Social and Economic Engagement category: Samaritans of Liverpool and Merseyside, is run by volunteers and provides vital support to people at risk of committing suicide.
Are you eligible?

See the eligibility criteria for nominated charities.

The work of each nominated charity must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Entrepreneurship, employability and citizenship
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Research
  • Social and Economic Engagement

Staff are asked to choose the category they feel their charity best represents. The shortlisting panel reserves the right to re-categorise nominations.

Nominated charities must:

  • Be registered in England and Wales
  • Be a local charity, only based in the Liverpool City Region (within the boundaries of Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral). If you are unsure, the postcode of the nominated group or charity can be checked online [in step 2, choose 'local authority']
  • All nominated charities must be local Liverpool/Merseyside-based charities. Local branches of national / international charities will not eligible for support.

  • Be engaged in activity, work or research related to one of the four categories listed above.
  • Be able to provide proof of its charitable status, by providing either its Charity Commission registration number or its HMRC charity tax reference number (for those groups or charities with an annual income of less than £5,000)

Organisations/activity that we will not support

We will not support the following:

  • Organisations that are not registered charities
  • Charities that are not wholly locally-based
  • Charities that mainly give funds to other charities, individuals or other organisations
  • Schools, colleges and universities
  • Capital projects, appeals, refurbishments
  • Promotion of a religion
  • Holidays or trips
  • Loans or business finance

Raising funds with Payroll Giving

Our staff are also helping out by raising funds for charities via the Payroll Giving scheme. Over the ten years since it was introduced at the University, employees have donated more than £84,000 and in 2014 we received a Bronze Award from the Payroll Giving Quality Mark Awards.

The minimum donation is £1.00 per week or £5.00 per month, though it is recommended that you give at least £5.00 gross per month, this will cost you £4.00 if you are a standard rate tax payer or £3.00 if you are a higher rate tax payer.

Start giving now, just complete the online form

Get in touch

University staff and students give their time and expertise helping out in fundraising and other voluntary activities on behalf of these charities.

If you’d like to join them, get in touch with us.