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80,000 Hours
80,000 Hours is a community whose members focus their careers on helping others by campaigning, inspiring others, researching or becoming professional philanthropists.

Business in the Community
A business-led charity focused on promoting responsible business practice. Its membership of 850 companies help to transform communities by tackling key social and environmental issues and in doing so, transform themselves.

City Action
City Action, backed by the City of London Corporation, is a free volunteer matchmaking service for businesses based in the Square Mile. It supports City businesses looking to establish or develop employee volunteering programmes through a range of services including a bespoke volunteer matchmaking service with community organisations in the City-fringe boroughs.

CITY.COMM is the umbrella organisation for the City of London's Third Sector, providing practical support to frontline organisations such as information, training and development advice. It helps organisations work together more effectively, and facilitate their involvement in the City's policy planning. 

 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards
As part of his responsibilities, as elected head of the City of London Corporation, the Lord Mayor oversees the annual Dragon Awards scheme which celebrates Community Engagement programmes. It recognises businesses and public offices that go above and beyond their core work to significantly impact the regeneration of their local communities. The website contains information on how to apply and many case studies.

 Giving What We Can
A website committed to helping more people become donors, based on two simple ideas:

  • Giving away a significant portion of one's income is easier than most people think.
  • Giving to the most cost-effective charities massively increases the power of one's donations.

It urges people to make a pledge to give 10% of their income for the rest of their lives.

ELBA (East London Business Alliance) creates possibilities in East London by connecting business to local people, alongside public and community partners, to enable social, economic and infrastructure change.

Heart of the City
Heart of the City provides a free bespoke programme of support to businesses developing or expanding their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes, regardless of their size, sector or experience. Joining the programme entitles businesses to attend free CSR workshops, access a range of materials designed to help develop and communicate CSR programmes, and the opportunity to join a friendly and professional network of contacts.

St Paul’s Institute
Located within the City of London, St Paul's Institute seeks to foster an informed Christian response to the most urgent ethical and spiritual issues of our times: financial integrity, economic theory, and the meaning of the common good.

 Young Philanthropy
A new initiative to introduce young professionals to a career of giving and a future as leading philanthropists.