We believe we have a unique role within our local communities where our responsibility extends beyond simply providing our members with great value financial products and services.
To make a genuine difference to our local communities by supporting them in the same way they’ve supported us for over 167 years.
Each year, we donate over £100,000 to a variety of good causes which include local charities, neighbourhood groups, schools and voluntary organisations.
In addition to our own community work, we provide an annual donation to Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation, which is run by Cumbria Community Foundation. Functioning as an independent body, the Foundation was set up in 1998 to focus on assisting local charities through their own application process. Each year we support the Foundation by making a substantial donation.
The requests we receive are all considered individually on a regular basis. We try to support a wide variety of projects benefitting all areas and aspects of our communities. To help us make our decisions, we look at three specific criteria:
We also love to get our hands dirty and get involved!
Whether it's organising a delicious bake sale or a spot of gardening, our teams are fantastic when it comes to supporting and helping our local communities.
Each year, we offer everyone the opportunity to take a community day, the chance to go out and spend time supporting a charity or organisation of their choice with others from their own team, individually or even join forces with others across the business, not only a good way to help a local good cause, but a great way to get to know team mates better outside of the office environment.
What's brilliant to see when people use their community day is how much this benefits them and the people they are helping. It's definitely something we're really proud of!
If your organisation is looking for volunteers, get in touch by emailing our Community Team and see if it's something we maybe able to help with.
Here's just a few examples of some of our recent community days.
We also love to get involved regularly with a wide a variety of fundraising activities to help local good causes within our communities.
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