The Wave Project
As my company IFPL has grown, the amount of money we were able to give to charities has grown too. However with that, the administration required to make all those donations went through the roof. We became inundated with requests from small local charities, groups and good causes. Most of them were not looking for a lot of money, but we continuously received numerous letters asking for support.
Many island businesses make generous donations to local charities each year but with many companies also receiving requests for funding, the whole process can be very time consuming – so I set up WightAID. The foundation will make it easier for companies to support a whole range of local charities and community groups by making one donation and the foundation will distribute the funds efficiently and effectively to those that need our support.
I fully appreciate that some companies already have designated charities each year, that is how they operate and I am delighted that they are playing a role in our unique island community. What we are trying to do is to encourage businesses to put even more money in the pot for good causes, and to create an easy mechanism for other companies to join us.
It is my hope that other Isle of Wight business will join me in supporting our island community. I aim to distribute all the money we receive and keep our running costs to an absolute minimum.
Geoff Underwood, Trustee
The mission of WightAID is to support charitable projects that benefit island people and places.
We want to see an island where businesses are engaged in the support and future of local community groups and charities.
We are forward-thinking, streamlined, collaborative, inclusive, and transparent.
The primary purpose of WightAID is to provide funding to charities, groups and organisations that aim to improve the lives of people living on the Isle of Wight.
WightAID may support the following causes and organisations across the island that support:
The advancement of culture, traditions and heritage
The advancement of amateur sport for the young and people with disabilities.
The advancement of health or the saving of lives
The advancement of citizenship or community development
The advancement of environmental protection or improvement
The relief of those in need, by reason of youth, age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage
Any other charitable purpose
Find out more about the objectives of WightAID here.
PRIVACY & DATA PROTECTION
WightAID is committed to protecting your privacy. Our Privacy and Data Protection Policy sets out how we collect, use and protect the personal information you provide to us, whether online, via phone, email, in letters, or in person. We also explain your rights and how to contact us.