In addition to contributing volunteer time and offering our skills pro bono, we also give back to our local communities through monetary donations. Around the world, we have in place a range of volunteering programs that draw on our charitable partnerships and internal committees. Our offices regularly hold fundraising initiatives, from dress-down days to regular annual events, and we focus on helping organizations which share our own focus on supporting disadvantaged people and bringing about social justice. In other cases, our people raise funds and volunteer their time in order to help meet specific local needs.
Some of our fundraising highlights include:
The United States
Dear Santa program for PS 131
Starting in 2017, our New York office has been participating in a program that provides holiday gifts to low-income public school students in New York City. The office has adopted PS 131, an elementary school for pre K-fourth grade students in Brooklyn.
Nearly 40 percent of the school’s students are English-language learners, 55 percent are Hispanic and a third are Asian. Students write letters, some of them heartbreaking, asking for specific gifts. (Several students have sought boots for their little sisters, whose boots leak in the winter.) The New York office has responded by providing hundreds of students with gifts annually.
Through our new Canadian program, Impact, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada will support our people in making financial and personal contributions. This personal generosity helps to enhance the quality of life for communities where we live and work.
We promote charitable giving by:
• Giving eligible employees “seed money” at program launch that can be donated to charities of their choosing
• Matching personal donations for all eligible employees
In 2020, we raised over C$609,000 for United Way/Centraide, an organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. United Way invests donations into agencies and projects that bring people together. For more than three decades, our firm has raised money for United Way in order to help improve lives locally by moving people from poverty to possibility, helping children be all they can be and building strong and healthy communities.
Europe, Middle East and Asia
Action for children
Byte Night is Action for Children’s biggest annual fundraiser, for which volunteers join forces for a national ‘sleep-out’ event. Each year, hundreds of people from the technology and business world, including a team from our London office, give up their beds for a night to help some of the 83,000 young people who are homeless in the UK through no fault of their own. Byte Night has raised more than £10m since its debut in 1998; we are proud that we have contributed £850,000 of this total.
Supporting Fukushima survivors
Our Tokyo team continues to volunteer time and money to help people in Fukushima after a major earthquake and tsunami hit the Tohoku region of Japan in 2011. This caused the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in Fukushima. Those who survived were evacuated and placed in temporary housing. For them, the impact of this disaster has had long-term consequences. We have donated a total of ¥2,400,000 (US$21,705) to this cause.Australia
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
In 2018, our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane offices participated in ‘Steptember’, a fundraising initiative for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in Australia, which supports people living with cerebral palsy, along with their families, as well as other neurological and physical disabilities. The Alliance focus on assisting babies, children, teenagers and adults to lead independent and fulfilling lives. The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is also committed to driving research into the prevention, treatment and cure of cerebral palsy.
The ‘Steptember’ challenge required participants to commit to taking a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for 28 consecutive days. By participating in this, we raised A$31,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.
For more information about our fundraising work, please read our Corporate Responsibility brochure.