Sharing 5%

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Sharing 5% of our net profits each year
 

In January 2017, we announced that we will share 5% of our net profits after tax with local communities. So far, we have made donations to local good causes totalling over £260,000.

The 5% pledge supports local charities, not-for-profit organisations and grassroots clubs within the Society’s operating area of Darlington, Teesside, County Durham, Sunderland and parts of North Yorkshire*.

Applications for funding are considered by our independent staff panel who meet on a quarterly basis.

We also work closely with County Durham Community Foundation and Tees Valley Community Foundation who help manage our charitable giving and at times provide match funding to help our donations go further.

*Donation requests are accepted from the following postcode areas: DL, TS, DH, SR, YO and HG.

We donate to local charities, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and grassroots clubs that support the young, old, homeless, disabled or seriously ill from across our operating area of Darlington, Teesside, County Durham, Sunderland and parts of North Yorkshire.

From 1 January 2021, we only accept applications from local charities, community groups, not-for-profit organisations and grassroots clubs with an annual income of less than £1,000,000.

We are keen to make a genuine change to the lives of those we support, and is always keen to hear from those that need something tangible to support those in need. This means the donation must directly help those in need, rather than contributing to the running costs of the charity, group or club.

For full details of our 5% Pledge Funding Criteria download the guidance by clicking on the button below.

5% Pledge Guidance

              

Apply for a charitable grant
 

If you are a local organisation looking for charitable support, please email cbailey@darlington.co.uk with:

  • An overview of your charity/organisation (including contact details)
  • Reasons for your donation request
  • The donation amount requested
  • Number of people who will benefit from the donation

Your donation will be reviewed at the next 5% Pledge Group meeting on:

19 May 2021