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Sponsorship Opportunities at Community First

Communities need our help to thrive in times of financial uncertainty. This is not possible without the support of our amazing corporate partners.

Each and every one of our business partners, whether large or small, makes a positive impact on the individuals and groups we support. Community First delivers critical community services, building voluntary sector capacity, serving over 50% of Hampshire’s residents. Simply put we aim to ‘Make Life Better for Everyone’ through the range of services and provision we provide: Wellbeing, Transport, Training, Youth Provision, Community Development, Community Buildings and Volunteering.

What our partners say

We have been a corporate partner with Community First for almost five years now. Community First deliver our Volunteer Programme, enabling our 300 staff to support over 70 local community projects. We have been very happy to support Community First at their high profile events and continue to enjoy our longstanding partnership.

– Clare Hedgecock, Pfizer

Edwards Insurance Brokers have been very happy to support Community First at recent events. We have supported a funding conference where charities and community projects had the opportunity to hear from the experts about how to apply for grants. We are also pleased to be able to support the Christmas Day Lunch project in Fareham, where over 100 local people did not have to spend Christmas Day on their own. Community First really does put people first and we will continue to support such a great charity.

– Alan Kafoor, Edwards Insurance Brokers

About us

We work with our business partners in a bespoke way, tailored to your needs and with clear outcomes. We will work with you to create a successful partnership that is not only inspiring, dynamic and engaging, but mutually beneficial and focused on the objectives of everyone involved. Our experienced and enthusiastic team is dedicated to building personalised partnerships which align with your values and meet your strategic business objectives.

Sponsorship is a fantastic way to support Community First whilst achieving a route to market and generating great brand awareness amongst your customers and our
supporters. Our sponsors help voluntary and community organisations increase their effectiveness and efficiency in achieving their mission.

Why Partner with Us

Associating with our brand

Community First are leading the way in helping not-for-profits to be sustainable and reach over 50% of households in Hampshire. Associating your company with Community First and supporting the work we do, will inspire your employees and clients, setting you apart from your competitors and positioning you as a socially responsible charity partner.

Community First has thousands of engaged, digital supporters. We will actively show our thanks, promoting our partnerships through our social media channels and on our website, as well as using local press to showcase your inspirational stories of support.

How you can get involved

Whether you’re looking for:

  • a charity of the year
  • business volunteering
  • pro-bono support
  • a long term relationship
  • a one-off donation

Make us your charity of choice and help us support local people and community projects.

Benefits to your business

Get involved in your community

Defining the corporate identity

The charitable element of a company can be a cornerstone of its brand showing the world that they are ethical and trustworthy. It can also define a company as different from its competition, which not only aids the brand image but can be an important recruitment tool for attracting top talent into your business.

Better public relations

Sharing stories of community impact can benefit your company on many levels. Visitors to the company’s website can see what activities they are doing, coverage in the media can reinforce to current employees that they made a good job choice; it can demonstrate to clients, customers and business partners that the organisation and its leadership team are dedicated to charitable causes. In addition, many business awards consider CSR practices.

Enhance employee relations

Many people want to volunteer or raise money, but can’t find time in their busy lives to do it—or may be scared to try an opportunity on their own. Participating in employer-sponsored activities allows employees the opportunity to do things where they don’t feel like they are taking time away from their work or families to help others, or trying to squeeze yet another item into their jam-packed schedules.

Team building

When raising money together employees are able to partner across divisions and work in team environments outside of their direct work groups. People from different departments or offices, who wouldn’t see each other during a typical workday, can serve a meal, volunteer in a classroom or help build a home, side-by-side. This promotes a greater sense of camaraderie and unity among employees as they work towards a shared mission and common goal.

Employee retention

Giving employees a chance to give back to their communities also helps to instil a sense of pride in themselves and their organisation. They are proud to work for a company that supports philanthropic programs, which can lead to increased loyalty and better retention.

 

Enhance your brand

  • Build rapport with your target audience
  • Reach a potential new audience
  • Build your reputation as a socially responsible company
  • Generate positive PR opportunities at a local and national level
  • Be associated with a well-known charity whose drive is to make life better for everyone

Sponsorship Packages

Our sponsorship packages start at £100. Each package can be tailored to your objectives, from promotion on our fleet of over 70 minibuses across Hampshire, or advertising on our scooters in Fareham, Winchester or Chichester. Sponsoring one of our employability courses or helping socially isolated people on Christmas Day to attend a lunch. Event sponsorship is an excellent way to raise your profile and engage with a large number of people.

Make us your Charity of the Year

The Corporate team at Community First works meticulously to make sure that charity
of the year partnerships are mutually beneficial. We offer professional account management. We also encourage employees to involve themselves in a variety of creative fundraising opportunities which raise money and brand awareness for both our corporate partner and Community First.

Selecting Community First as your charity of the year could help you:

  • Define your corporate identity
  • Provide PR opportunities
  • Enhance employee relations
  • Build stronger teams
  • Improve networking opportunities
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