Choose USW’s next corporate charity

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The time has come again to choose a charity to become USW’s corporate charity for the next academic year.

As the University for South Wales, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. This may include registered local and national charities, that reflect the purpose and mission of the university to ‘change lives and our world for the better’.

Last year, the charities chosen were Tŷ Hafan Children's Hospice and Mental Health Matters Wales.

Colleagues and students are invited to nominate a charity that they would like to see supported by the USW community. Please ensure that the charity meets the criteria listed below. 

The Strategic Engagement Group will then shortlist charities from those nominated, which will be agreed by the Executive Team. We will then be asking you to vote which we should support next year.

What charities can be nominated?

Charities need to meet the follow criteria:

Criteria One

The University will only select corporate charities that uphold our core values and principles and reflect the University’s mission to ‘change lives and our world for the better’.

Criteria Two

The charity must satisfy the definition of a charity in the Charities Act. The Charities Act says that a ‘charity’ is an institution which:

  • is established for charitable purposes only and
  • is subject to the control of the High Court’s charity law jurisdiction.

In addition, the charity must be registered as a charity in the UK.

Criteria Three

The University will not consider supporting charities that are:

  1. Supporting political, religious, or extremist causes.
  2. Charities in financial, legal, or other conflict with the University.
  3. Charities involved in unlawful discrimination against people with one or more protected characteristics within the terms of the Equality Act 2010.

The above list is not exhaustive, and the University retains the right to not support any charity which it, in its sole discretion, considers inappropriate for whatever reason.

Criteria Four

The charity must not have been the chosen corporate charity in the previous two academic years, to enable the University to support a range of causes. Any nominated charities that were the chosen corporate charity in the previous two academic years will be discounted from the process and will not be shortlisted for the colleague and student vote.

How can I nominate a charity?

To nominate a charity, please complete this form. You will be asked to submit the name of the charity, a link to the website or social media page, and no more than 100 words outlining why they should be the corporate charity for 2024/25 academic year. The form will close for nominations on Friday 17 May 2024.

How will the University support the charity?

The aim is to change the corporate charity each academic year.

The University can choose to support the identified corporate charity through a variety of means, for example through donations, fundraising activities or time volunteered.

There will be no minimum agreement for the year, and the details of the activity or monetary values raised / donated may vary annually. 

Colleagues and students will be encouraged to support the corporate charity with any locally organised fundraising activities, although fundraising for other charities is not prohibited.

If colleagues or students undertake any fundraising for the corporate charity, they must also arrange for the payment of those funds directly to the charity. There is not a central point in the University for processing charitable payments.

The corporate charity will be supported during the 2024/25 academic year (1 August 2024 to 31 July 2025). We look forward to receiving your nominations!

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