REAL Fundraising was the first Face to Face Fundraising organisation globally to receive B Corp Certification.
“B Corporations are leaders of the global movement of people using business as a force for good. They are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability, to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.”
You can read more in our press release about becoming a B Corp and our audit score of 112.7 and how REAL shapes up in the categories of Governance, Workers, Customers, Community & the Environment here.
In 2019 REAL Fundraising was featured in the top 5% of all B Corps for Customers making us an honoree in the "Best for the World - Customers" category
REAL were finalists in the Business Culture awards in 2018:
- Small Business (less than 200 employees)
- Business Culture brand & values
REAL were recognised as Highly commended in 2019 for a Small Business.
Continuing REAL's passion for Business Culture REAL is incredibly proud to be nominated as finalists for 4 categories in the Business Culture Awards 2020.
Liam McEntegart our Managing Director (Client Services) has now been appointed a Judge for 2019 and 2020 as well as a panellist at the Business Culture Connected conference in September 2020.
REAL has always been proud of how we have paid our inspirational fundraisers. We believe that having financial security contributes not just to the excellent quality of donor we recruit but creating a financially secure workplace for our amazing ambassadors leads to better retention of staff and most importantly embodies REAL's values of Respect, Ethics, Activism & Love. In 2020 REAL is proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Real Living Wage employer.
This commits REAL to always paying the Real Living Wage or the Real London Living Wage. You can find the current Real Living Wage here as well as a more detailed description of how the foundation works.
Our charity partners kindly passed on some feedback about our fundraisers from their staff and members of the public:
Delighted to see a face-to-face fundraiser back at our door this eve, for local #Oxford hospice @HelenAndDouglas House. Full PPE, safe mobile data process, and reporting plenty of community support. Great job Brian M of @RealFundraising.— Matthew Sherrington (@m_sherrington) August 12, 2020
@RealFundraising just met Tony Stuart in the Chester train station. He's such a nice guy and so good at his job as is evidenced by the fact he signed me up to give cancer research £8 a month. Glad I missed my train now 😁— Polite Anarchist (@PoliteAnarchis1) January 14, 2020
Whillst we always strive to reduce our CO2 emissions at the first port of call this is not always possible. As a B Corporation we are bound by our commitment to people and planet. Therefore REAL Fundraising is incredibly proud to be certified Carbon Neutral by Carbon Footprint. Our 2019 certification can be found here where we offset 40 tonnes of CO2.
At REAL Fundraising we believe in 'walking our talk', whether we are buying recycled products or empowering our staff with ways to make ethical choices in their lives. Most importantly, we are in this industry to provide the most cost-effective service to charities.
One way of getting our ethical point across is through our REAL Ethical Fund. Whether it is employee matched funding to causes selected by our fundraising team, emergency appeals from across the globe or our countless displays of Activism with our Pro Bono "activist" days, the REAL Ethical Fund is an embodiment of our will to use business as a force for good.
REAL staff can nominate charities to fundraise for and often the work is carried out for very small organisations which just don't have the budget for a full fundraising campaign. Each and every donor whether its a one-off or regular donor is given straight to the charity for free.
Every member of the REAL Family receives at least 1 paid day per year to donate their time to a good cause.
You can read more about REAL's Activism and the events we have volunteered at over on www.realethicalfund.org.uk