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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.

Since the start of 2020, we have committed over $1m to the Foundation that supports the following charities. 

  • 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/  

  • 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.

  • 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/

  • 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/

  • 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 

  • 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/

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