On 31st October 2017 we met at Admiralty House to celebrate a decade of helping Public Service Communities. We were pleased to be joined by over 90 guests from various organisations and charities. Our Chairman Gill Noble gave the following speech
Welcome to everyone, and thank you very much for coming to help us celebrate our 10th birthday. It is really lovely to see so many of you here, both from so many of the charities we support but also from so many of the organisations that work with and support our sister organisation, the Civil Service Insurance Society.
The Insurance Society is very important to the charity because they are the source of all the money we give to good causes. When I go to conferences and people ask in a slightly bemused way "so what exactly is CSIS Charity Fund", I always say: "We are a charity linked to an insurance company that markets good quality insurance to civil and public servants, they are very successful in doing that and they make lots of money. All of their profits are paid into the charity and we then give the money away. We give quite a lot of it to the main public service welfare charities but quite a lot of it goes to a whole range of other good causes - and sometimes we can just spread a little bit of stardust around where we think it can make a big difference".
People then ask how much funding we receive, and when I say that the Insurance Society typically earns between a half and three quarters of a million pounds each year for us, and the jaws drop. How can such a small insurance company can earn such a huge amount of money? The answer, of course, is by providing excellent customer service - an old fashioned idea, but it still seems to work for CSIS.
And it is also amazing what a huge amount of good the charities represented in this room can do with that money when we pass it on to them. So today is to celebrate what you all do, and to say a big thank you to all of you. Thank you especially to all the staff of the Insurance Society down in Maidstone. And thank you to all of the charities here today for all the good work you do. It is a real privilege to be able to help you with that work.
Although we are calling this our tenth birthday, we are over a hundred and ten years old. We can trace the charity back to 1906 when a benevolent fund was set up to support the widows and orphans of CSIS policyholders. The charity was reconstituted as a company ten years ago today - today is our actual anniversary - and as part of that process we managed to get our Objects reworded and clarified so we could start to expand our grant giving. And once we started there has been no stopping us. I am very pleased to be able to report that we have managed to give away £7.4 million to over 100 different organisations over the past decade, a stunning achievement.
To mark our birthday, we have produced a 10th Anniversary Celebration Review (click here to view) which tells the charity's story. But for many of you in this room it also tells your story. It illustrates the wide range of good causes we are able to support with that money and showcases the work of the charities we support.
Everyone in this room should look at this document and feel justly proud of the story it tells. Some of you here may think you are just involved in the insurance business - but this will tell you otherwise. You are also helping to generate the funds that can make it possible for the charities in this room to make a real difference to the lives of individuals who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own.
Seriously - how cool is that! Who else can say that just by doing their job they can generate three quarters of a million pounds of charitable funds to help the sort of charities we have in this room today. We call it a virtuous circle - putting the money back into the public service communities where it was generated - and I think that just sums it up beautifully.
Gill Noble, Chairman, CSIS Charity Fund - 31 October 2017
CSIS Charity fund news release
Gill Noble, Chairman and Chris Furlong, Grants Chairman cutting the 10th Anniversary celebration cake
INCREASED GRANT GIVING BY CSIS CHARITY FUND IN 2017
Charities supporting people from the civil and public services facing hardship are to receive more than £900k this year from the CSIS Charity Fund, in one of its biggest distribution of funds in its history. Projects range from physical rehabilitation programmes and stress counselling to activity breaks for bereaved families and expanding home visiting services to combat loneliness.
Nearly £400k will be awarded to benevolent charities which give direct support to current and former civil and public servants and their families such as the Charity for Civil Servants (£250k) and BT Benevolent Fund (£60k), while £293k will go to smaller charities which often struggle to get funding from other sources, and to trade union welfare funds. These include Education Support Partnership (£60k), Railway Benefit Fund (£40k) and Cavell Nurses Trust (£30k), which help retired or current workers and their families who are in need and distress.
The CSIS Charity Fund is an independent charity linked to the Civil Service Insurance Society (CSIS), a not for profit insurance intermediary which markets products exclusively to current and former civil and public servants. Virtually all CSIS's annual trading surplus is transferred to the Fund under a Deed of Covenant, allowing grants to be made to the dependants of policy holders and, via appropriate charitable organisations, to those from the public services who face hardship.
The Fund is keen to foster joint working among the charities it supports and also to spread its reach and more than £16k has been allocated to pump prime collaborative projects between charities in the Fund's portfolio. An additional £100k has been earmarked to donate to charities that are new to the Fund and following research, a number of charities will be invited to apply for grants this year in an effort to support those in the sectors of nursing, transport and social care. Smaller charities feature in the Fund's grant making, such as Music in Hospitals which will receive £5k towards the cost of providing live music concerts for the benefit of patients and staff in ex-service care homes. Splitz, which assists military families and others at risk of exposure to domestic violence in three West Country counties, will receive £10k.
Commenting on the grants awarded, Chairman, Gill Noble, said: "The Charity Fund's origins began more than a century ago and it has remained true to its longstanding objectives of helping people in the civil and public services facing the uncertainties of hardship, illness and loss of income. The present Charity Fund has much to be proud of since its current governance arrangements were established in 2007. In that time, thanks to the generous donations received from the insurance business, we have been able to donate more than £7.4 million to good causes.
"It is heartening to see the benefits of drawing our charities together to combine resources and encourage partnership working. Our recent seminar on 'Caring' ensured valuable experience was shared among our family of charities and, as a result, tangible progress has been made towards supporting individuals and their families."
|Summary of 2017 awards||£|
|Dependants of CSIS policy holders||21,057|
|BT Benevolent Fund||60,000|
|Charity for Civil Servants||250,000|
|Post Office and Orphans Benevolent Institution||30,000|
|Rowland Hill Fund||50,000|
|Cavell Nurses Trust||30,000|
|Civil Service Sports Council||5,000|
|Education Support Partnership||60,000|
|MOD - Family Activity Breaks||30,000|
|HASSRA Development Scheme||5,000|
|NAPO - Edridge Fund (Probation and Family Court staff)||10,000|
|National Federation of Occupational Pensioners||8,000|
|NHS Retirement Fellowship||27,000|
|NI Retired Prison Officers Fellowship||25,000|
|Overseas Service Pensioners' Benevolent Society||3,000|
|Prison Officers Association||20,000|
|Railway Benefit Fund||40,000|
|The Ambulance Charity - TASC||30,000|
|The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Children's Fund||10,000|
|Canterbury Oast Trust||20,000|
|Tax Help - TOP||10,000|
|Chilterns MS Centres||10,000|
|Music in Hospitals||5,000|
|Pump priming, collaborative projects between existing charities||16,500|
|'New to Us' charities:||100,000|