Community and charitable giving

Building our society

Mutuality is in our DNA. We believe in a better future for you and your communities.

Whether it's building stronger relationships or lending a helping hand, being active in the community helps to build who we are. When we started in 1853, our mission was to help people save for the future and secure their own homes. Today we also aim to help people in more ways too. Further down this page you’ll find more information about some of the work we’re doing to help change lives in communities.

Charity partnerships

In 2017, Skipton colleagues voted to give our support to two of the UK’s biggest Alzheimer’s charities, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland. During the past three years, we’ve managed to raise more than £240,000 for the two great causes.

But our charity partnerships are for so much more than fundraising. We’ve worked with our partners to help us become a dementia-friendly Society with more accessibility and understanding in our branches.

You can read more about the work we’ve been doing with the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland on our supporting dementia page.

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Fundraising

Matched funding

Community is about being part of something bigger. That’s why when a Skipton colleague raises money for a great cause, we ‘ll support them by matching their donations.

We’ll match up to £500 for individual fundraising and £1000 for team fundraising.

Community Giving

We’re trying to make a difference in communities, and we love supporting others who are doing the same. In 2019, we launched our brand-new Community Giving campaign, where we invited brokers and employees of intermediary firms to nominate a housing or homelessness cause, which they actively support, to receive one of 40 £1000 donations.

Donations

We’re proud that our people come together to lend a helping hand at a time of need. We’ve set up dedicated savings accounts for donations to help with UK and international appeals such as the DEC East Africa Appeal to support victims of famine.

We also have a more regular donations pot called ‘pay day pound’. Each month (on pay day), colleagues can voluntarily donate a pound from their pay packet to support a chosen charity which changes each month.

Volunteering

Time is the most important gift you can give, so we encourage all our colleagues to get out into their communities and make their own difference.

In fact, all our staff members can take up to two working days every year to volunteer for a charity of their choice. They can also take another day to support Skipton’s charity partner.

We’re committed to increasing the amount of time colleagues spend volunteering in the community by 100% by 2022.

Sponsorship & Community Relationships

We also build relationships in local communities by sponsoring charities and groups. We can’t list every single one, but here are a few examples of the causes we support.

Camerata (Skipton) – a local orchestra who aim to bring classical music to a wider audience.

Dalesman Village of the Year 2019 – we’re sponsors of the first Dalesman Yorkshire Village of the Year competition.

Skipton Chamber of Trade & Commerce – we’re members of the chamber and provide support and resource for local community development.

Young Enterprise – we continue to support Young Enterprise through our colleagues volunteering as Business Advisors on their flagship Company Programme. We also provide support for the local competition by providing a venue, judges and sponsorship of the Sustainability Award.

Skipton Bid – we’re active members of the Business Improvement District Committee and make an annual donation.

Citizens Advice Bureau (Skipton) – we have provided funding to help support our local Citizens Advice Bureau to allow it to continue providing it's service to the community.

Please note that the above links will take you to third party websites. Their website terms and conditions and cookie policy may differ from Skipton's so please read them carefully.

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Our people

We’re proud of the people that make up our society. Find out how you could become part of it, here.

Behind the scenes

Why choose Skipton

We've stood strong and stayed true to our heritage. It's why generations have trusted us since 1853.

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Charitable Foundation

Every year, we make a donation to the Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation. Independent from the business, the foundation holds four meetings per year to decide which charities should receive a donation.

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Environment

Our mission is to create a better future. Take a look at the work we’re doing to make our environment more sustainable.

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