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The Fidelis Foundation

Fidelis established its charitable body, The Fidelis Foundation, in December 2020. The Foundation contributes towards the promotion of anti-fascism, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, female education and empowerment, green education, helping to end poverty, prevention of cruelty against animals, and helping to end prejudice. 

Fidelis contributes 1% of its profits (capped at $2 million) on an annual basis to allow the Foundation. This will allow the Foundation to increase its already significant support of charities.   

The Foundation provides a platform to enable staff to contribute to a culture of altruism and philanthropy aligned with the company values. The Foundation funds charities that are: efficient, financially sustainable, and have measurable impacts. These attributes are part of our selection process criteria.

All selected charities have an employee advocate responsible for continuing engagement, including reporting on progress against targets for delivery and impact, and promoting wider employee engagement.

Charities We Support

Fidelis strongly believes in supporting communities and charities that operate both locally, and around the world.  We actively encourage our staff to propose charities to the Board of Trustees and become Foundation Advocates to drive meaningful change and provide colleagues with opportunities to participate and engage directly with the charities.

Fidelis also supports mentoring programmes for a number of charities and has long-standing relationships with both the mentees and charities.  We facilitate volunteering opportunities that align with our core values, and encourage all staff to take part.

  • Aware

    Aware is the national organisation providing free support, education and information services to those impacted by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and related mood conditions. We undertake to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar disorder and mood related conditions are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Aware’s message is one of hope: recovery is possible. Early intervention, as well as ongoing support, are very important.

    Website: https://www.aware.ie/ 

  • Bermuda College Foundation

    Bermuda College Foundation (the Foundation) was launched in October 2019 as a separate entity from Bermuda College. The Foundation is a Bermuda registered charity #341, established to build philanthropic partnerships, serving as the bridge between the community and the College. The sole purpose is to steward funds raised in support of our vision of a fully-funded, state-of-the-art Bermuda College and to ensure that funds raised fulfil the objectives of the donors. The ultimate goal is to provide fundraising expertise while the College continues to fulfil its mandate to provide equitable access to quality tertiary education and training for its students.

     

    Website: https://www.bermudacollegefoundation.com/

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda

    Founded in 1978, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bermuda (BBBS) is a charity whose mission is to provide quality mentoring relationships to young people in need, helping them to reach their full potential. 91% of children involved with Big Brothers & Big Sisters Programs experience a sharp rise in self-esteem, 70% do better in school, and 73% stay out of trouble with the law.

    Fidelis has partnered with BBBS to set up an after-school mentoring program where our employees will provide educational guidance, personal support, and access to industry in order to build self-esteem and nurture potential amongst Bermuda’s public-school children.

    Website: http://www.bbbs.bm/  

  • Child Bereavement UK

    What they do:

    Child Bereavement UK helps children, parents and families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. They support children and young people up to the age of 25 who are facing bereavement, and anyone affected by the death of a child of any age.

    They provide training to professionals in health and social care, education, and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.

    Vision & Mission:

    Their vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives, when a child grieves or when a child dies.

    Their mission is to ensure the accessibility of high-quality child bereavement support and information to all families and professionals by increasing our reach and plugging the gaps that exist in bereavement support and training across the country. 

    Fidelis made a donation in 2020 to help with their mission.

    https://www.childbereavementuk.org/

  • Down Syndrome Ireland 

    Down Syndrome Ireland is dedicated to being the primary source of information and support to people with Down syndrome and their families. We are working to achieve an optimal quality of life for people with Down syndrome as equally valued, independent citizens.

     

    Since being established back in 1971, we have been the voice of people with Down syndrome. We provide a wide range of vital services including: Early Intervention, Speech & Language Therapy, Health, Education, Personal Development and Employment Opportunities that enhance the lives of thousands of our members and their families throughout Ireland, across our 25 branches nationwide.

     

    Website: https://downsyndrome.ie/

  • Dublin Rape Crisis

    Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is an independent not-for-profit organisation that aims to prevent the harm and heal the trauma of sexual violence. Established in 1979, it is the oldest Rape Crisis Centre in Ireland and offers a wide range of services to any person affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or childhood sexual abuse. It runs the National 24-Hour Freephone Helpline 1800 778888 for crisis counselling and support, plus live webchat support and language interpreting service. It provides specialised one-to-one counselling & therapy. It accompanies and supports survivors attending Garda stations and court, as well as to the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit. It also provides specialist training to those working with or supporting survivors. In addition, DRCC carries out extensive advocacy, campaigning, education, research and policy work. DRCC is governed by a voluntary board and benefits from the help of dedicated and highly trained volunteers in its support and outreach services. 

    Website: www.drcc.ie

  • FoodCloud

    Fidelis are proud to be associated with FoodCloud, a multi award-winning social enterprise that enables the redistribution of surplus food from industry to the charity sector. FoodCloud, since inception, has helped ensure 100 million meals have gone to people and not to waste.  With Fidelis’ support, FoodCloud have increased their impact, in particular with regards to operations.

    Click here to find out more about FoodCloud - https://food.cloud/

  • International Care Ministries

    Since 1992, International Care Ministries has been transforming the futures of the ultra-poor, those who live on less than US$0.50 per day. Combining a heart of compassion with a data-driven, business mindset, ICM delivers holistic change through a network of 12,000+ local community leaders in the Philippines and beyond. Having, reached more than 1.5 million people, ICM's impact is: 

     

    • Focused - helping those who need it most, the ultra-poor
    • Effective - investing only in evidence-based solutions, committed to research
    • Efficient - achieving maximum return on investment for minimum cost
    • Scalable - replicating results at scale

     

    Website: www.caremin.com

  • Irish Children's Rights Alliance

    Founded in 1995, the Children’s Rights Alliance unites over 135 members working together to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child. We change the lives of all children in Ireland by making sure that their rights are respected and protected in our laws, policies and services.

     

    Fidelis supports their child poverty programme through financial donation, specifically an ‘End Child Poverty Week’ being rolled out in 2022 to bring attention to the 230,000 children living in poverty in Ireland. The goal of the week is to ensure that Government commits to investing in addressing child poverty in its National Budget in October. The Alliance will run high-profile daily events and activities to gain media and social media coverage spotlighting the impact of living in poverty on different aspects of children’s lives (food, education, early years, housing, play). They will work with their 135 member organisations to build up case studies to illustrate the actual real-life impact of poverty on a child’s life. 

    Website: https://www.childrensrights.ie/

  • Irish Refugee Council

    The Irish Refugee Council supports people seeking protection and refugees in Ireland. They are generally the first point of contact and offer financial & legal advice focussed mainly on housing, education, employment, youth work and resettlement supporting people who are in or have been through the asylum process. They also undertake advocacy aimed at improving the asylum procedure, reception conditions in relation to Ireland’s engagement with EU refugee policy.

    Fidelis supports several their programmes through financial donation, primarily an Education Support Programme which identifies funding for asylum seekers and refugees wishing to gain access to education or training. Fidelis also support an Employment Programme aiming to assist beneficiaries of protection in accessing the labour market.

     www.irishrefugeecouncil.ie 

  • ISPCA

    The Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) was founded in 1949 and is Ireland’s largest animal welfare charity. The society’s role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare, and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.

    The ISPCA operates a team of 9 Animal Welfare Inspectors who respond to cases of cruelty, neglect, and abuse reported by members of the public or organisations to the confidential ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline. Inspectors work closely with local county councils, the Gardaí, and other agencies to help rescue, educate, enforce and assist with prosecutions of animal welfare offences.

    Together with 17 affiliated member societies, each year thousands of animals of many different types are rescued, treated, rehabilitated and rehomed. The animals rescued are the most vulnerable in society having suffered from cruelty or neglect; or were abandoned and left to fend for themselves. It takes an average of 54 days of care at one of the ISPCA rescue centres for an animal to fully recover both physically and psychologically before responsibly rehoming. 

    Website: www.ispca.ie

    To report cruelty, neglect or abuse to an animal, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 0818 515515, email helpline@ispca.ie or visit www.ispca.ie to report online.

  • Kalayaan

    Kalayaan is a registered charity in England and Wales) and a registered company in England and Wales. Kalayaan was formally established in 1987 by domestic workers and their supporters. At that time migrant domestic workers in the UK were not recognized within the immigration rules and were brought into the UK informally by their employers. Kalayaan works with migrant domestic workers in the UK to improve and to help them access their rights. Migrant domestic workers are predominantly women who have entered the UK with a named employer to work in the employer’s private household. Some migrant domestic workers are in good employment where they are respected and paid properly for their important work which often involves caring for children or elderly people, cooking and cleaning. After 10 years of work and campaigning the rule permitting migrant domestic workers to change employers was specifically introduced in 1998 to provide a mechanism for migrant domestic workers to escape exploitative and/or abusive working circumstances without jeopardizing their immigration status.

     

    Website: http://www.kalayaan.org.uk/

     

  • Kiva

    Systemic barriers prevent more than 1.7 billion people around the world from accessing the financial services they need.  

    Kiva is a social impact organization on a mission to expand financial access for all. Through technology and global partnerships, Kiva crowdfunds loans and seeks to address the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. 

    With Kiva a refugee can open a borderless bank account, a single mother can get the funds she needs to start her own business, and a bank in a rural village can finance emergency repairs for its residents.

    Kiva powers a global movement to expand financial access and a vision of a world where all people hold the power to improve their lives.

     

    Website: https://www.kiva.org/

     

  • National Museum of Bermuda 

    The National Museum of Bermuda (NMB) is a collective voice for and about Bermuda. We share Bermuda’s diverse heritage through our collections, exhibits, and educational programmes. We connect people to Bermuda’s past and promote history and culture as part of what helps to keep communities together and make them stronger. 

     

    Fidelis has partnered with NMB to launch a corporate-specific educational programme for all Fidelis employees entitled “Exploring History Through a Corporate Lens”. The programme consists of interactive, participatory workshops using multiple perspectives to delve into the history of enslavement, emancipation, and segregation in Bermuda. Participants are introduced to critical thinking methods that unpack the historical topics, challenge biases, and encourage discussion and reflection on how to apply what they learned to their work and personal lives. 

     

    Fidelis Foundation’s generous support has launched this new corporate programme and supported the development and implementation of other NMB education programmes that are serving educators and students from public and private schools island-wide to shift how Bermuda history is shared in the classroom. 

     

    Website: https://nmb.bm/

  • Noah's Ark Children's Hospice

    Noah’s Ark help babies, children and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and their families, make the most of every day. And we support those who die young to do so in as much comfort as possible, surrounded by family.

     

    We are here to enable those we support to enjoy life as children, rather than as patients; and as families, not just as carers.

     

    “At this pivotal time in Noah’s Ark’s journey, and with the demand for paediatric palliative care at an all-time high, we are truly grateful to have the invaluable support of Fidelis. I hope that our exciting plans for the future will continue to inspire Fidelis team members to stay on the journey with us for many years to come.”

     

    Website: https://www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk/

  • Reprieve

    Reprieve is a high-impact legal and human rights charity. Its vision is a world without the death penalty or extreme human rights abuses carried out in the name of “counterterrorism” or “national security.”  Reprieve fights cases where human rights have been abandoned and where there is real potential to affect systemic change, providing free legal and investigative support to those facing execution, torture and illegal detention at the hands of powerful governments. Since their founding in 1999, Reprieve has saved well over 550 lives from the death penalty, and thousands more through their strategic initiatives around the world.

     

    “We are so grateful for Fidelis’ incredible support of our work standing up for human rights across the world. The death penalty is cruel, inhumane and irreversible. With the help of Fidelis staff, Reprieve will continue the fight for justice until the death penalty is a thing of the past” – Anna Yearley

     

    Website: https://reprieve.org/uk/

  • St. Giles Trust

    ST GILES is a charity using expertise and the real-life past experiences of their team to empower people who are living in poverty, are at risk of exploitation, who are caught up in crime, or a combination of all these issues. St Giles helps nearly 25,000 people each year through their services across the UK. Every £1 invested in the charity results in a £8.34 saving to the taxpayer.

    Fidelis has partnered with St Giles through financial donations in 2020 and additionally has engaged in a long term partnership to provide executive mentoring to high-potential employees within the St Giles team. This multi-year mentoring programme of key St Giles employees by the Fidelis leadership team is intended to equip the St Giles team with the skills, confidence, and business acumen to effectively drive forward the St Giles agenda. The programme is currently being extended to include a wider range of Fidelis team mentors, and, once Covid restrictions allow, will also include volunteering opportunities for Fidelis staff.

    https://www.stgilestrust.org.uk/

  • The Eliza DoLittle Society

    Founded in 2002, The Eliza DoLittle Society’s (TEDS) is a charity whose mission is to provide healthy and nutritious solutions to the food insecure in Bermuda with the aim of enhancing their quality of life. 

    From July 2019 – June 2020 TEDS provided 64,170 meals, a 36% increase over the prior financial year. This was mostly due to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A total of 50,807 meals were served between March – September 2020. 

    Fidelis has partnered with TEDS through financial donations and employee volunteering.

    Visit https://www.theelizadolittlesociety.bm/ to learn more about The Eliza DoLittle Society.

  • World Land Trust

    WLT is an international conservation charity founded in 1989 to protect the world’s most biologically significant and threatened habitats, acre by acre.  A registered charity (Reg. 1001291) established on a simple vision of saving land to save species. 
     

    This vision remains true today and by adopting an approach that takes in an entire landscape, rather than an individual species, whole ecosystems have been preserved and protected.
     

    Through a network of partner organisations around the world, WLT funds the creation of reserves and provides permanent protection for habitats and wildlife.  Partnerships are developed with established and highly respected local organisations who engage support and commitment among the local community.
     

    For more than 30 years, WLT has successfully helped to protect critically threatened habitat and is proud to work with 35 partners in 24 countries to conserve tropical forests and other critically threatened habitats.  The work undertaken by our partners is more essential today than ever before.
     

    Website: https://www.worldlandtrust.org/

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