Giving It Back

Giving it Back is a fundamental principle of Lodestar’s philosophy.

We are committed to giving some time each year to charitable or pro-bono work, sharing business knowledge and expertise in order to help others.

Lodestar actively encourages ‘Giving it Back’ projects within the team where we provide pro-bono advice to charities and social enterprise organisations including St Martin-in-the-Fields, RSA, TackleAfrica, Saudi Cancer Foundation and Design for Good.

St Martin-in-the-Fields

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As part of Lodestar’s ‘Giving it Back’ programme, Julie Fitzsimmins has been a Non-Executive Marketing Director at St Martin-in-the-Fields for 13 years. During this time and thanks to the wonderful support and commitment of donors, advisors, board members and the St Martin’s community, the £36 million capital campaign for the Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields has now been completed.

The project has taken 12 years from its inception to successful completion. Half the money was raised from public sources including £15.35 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The other half, comprising gifts from several thousand donors, was raised from a mix of individuals, trusts and businesses. The Rev Nicholas Holtam, vicar of St Martin in the Fields comments on the renewal “St Martin’s is grateful for all the generous donations which have enabled us to serve those in greatest need, and enrich people’s lives through worship, social care, music and hospitality in spaces fit for the purpose”.

Lodestar is incredibly proud of this project and will continue to support and promote it. For more information about the brilliant work being carried out by the St Martin–in-the-Fields please click here.

London Playing Fields Foundation

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Lodestar is delighted to support the work of the London Playing Fields Foundation is the main charity for the protection, provision and promotion of playing fields in London. We were founded in 1890 by visionary Victorians who were concerned about the loss of London's green space and the impact this would have on the number of Londoners who could play sport and stay active. They recognised that in protecting playing fields they could improve the lives of local communities and this is still very much our mission today.

To learn more about the foundation please visit the London Playing Fields Foundation website.

Cumbria‘s Museum of Military Life

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Ordinary people doing extraordinary things! Launched in 2014, Cumbria‘s Museum of Military Life is Carlisle’s newest visitor attraction, telling the 300-year story of Cumbria’s County Infantry Regiment its soldiers, families and communities past and present. The museum has had a £1.5m refit (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund) and its state of the art facilities have created space to show different aspects of the museum treasures. Be that raising the regiment 300 years ago, to the Napoleonic wars, through Crimea and the two World Wars and on to the 21st century regiment serving in Afghanistan today. Learning and access if a large part of its role today and an extensive programme is in place supporting schools, local groups, research and university projects. The aim is to open up the collection to be enjoyed and investigated, making it as relevant today as it was in the past.

Lodestar Director, Julie Fitzsimmins became a Trustee for the museum in 2013 and was instrumental in developing the business plan for HLF, developing the new branding and supporting the marketing and fundraising work of the current team.

If you want to find out more about the Cumbria's Museum of Military Life website

Royal Society of Arts

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Both Directors, Judith and Julie are Fellows of the RSA and have been for over 20 years. The Fellowship is a global network of 27,000 people who support the RSA's mission to enrich society through ideas and action.

Judith has supported the RSA's sustainability work over the last 10 years working with a specialist group to develop guidelines on the development of sustainability awards. This is to encourage the identification of good practice to be shared across sectors and to ensure that awards are developed rigorously and transparently.

 

 

  • “Lodestar's support for TackleAfrica over the last year has been invaluable to our staff and trustees. They have enabled us to run our Trustee Board more efficiently than ever before." 

    Claire Le Feuvre, TackleAfrica