Our journey began in London on the 10 December 1993. The first ICAP Charity Day raised £288,195 for two charities. An amazing result for the first event and an emphatic proof of concept.
Since the first event, ICAP Charity Day has raised more than £155 million, which has been distributed via more than 2,800 donations to more than 1,700 charities in 25 countries, making a positive difference to millions of people right around the world.
Over the past 30 years we have worked with more than 1,700 charities worldwide, to whom we have made more than 2,800 donations. We call them our partners because they bring much more than a good cause to Charity Day. They also bring their drive, their passion and - of course - their celebrity patrons. One team, one dream!
The concept of ICAP Charity Day is simple. For one day, our incredible ICAP brokers give 100% of their commissions, and ICAP gives 100% of its revenues, to charitable causes. The outcome? 24 hours of collectively giving 100% results in 365 days of positive impact that supports people and causes in need right around the world.
What helps to make ICAP Charity Day an iconic event is the star-studded presence of the host of celebrities we welcome to our broking floors every year. Celebrities' involvement is much more than a photo opportunity - instead they work with our brokers to get deals 'done' with clients to help raise funds for the causes closest to our hearts.
76% of charities we have supported over the last 30 years have an income of less than £1m. The social value of these smaller charities is important. Given their size, they are agile and able to work quickly and responsively in specific locations. This positions them well to build strong relationships in the communities in which they operate and have greater impact.
In just six years, we expanded successfully from our London HQ to include our Ney York and Tokyo offices. Not only did the scope of the event increase, but so did the amount that we raised. Total raised in 1999? An incredible £2.2 million globally.
Thanks to ICAP funding, over the last 30 years 45% of the charities that we have supported were able to broaden their delivery to different communities or in different ways. For example, the Missing People charity based in the UK was able to launch a new national free helpline that has subsequently provided support to more than 52,000 adults and children.
Continuing to build momentum, the 10th ICAP Charity Day saw us pass the £13 million raised mark. £13,508,000 to be precise. That equates to £56,283 raised every hour of Charity Day in the first ten years.
ICAP Charity Day has grown to be a global movement. Today it spans 25 offices, across every time zone. The day starts in New Zealand and ends in New York, and over 24 hours and everywhere in between, we have but one aim: to raise as much money as possible.
Over the last 30 years, ICAP Charity Day has made 40 donations to 32 charities to help communities heal after disasters. Support focuses on both providing aid in the immediate aftermath of a disaster and longer-term community aid. For example, our donations to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation in the United States, created in the aftermath of 9/11 to provide urgent assistance to firefighters, has helped to provide 450 mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families. It has also funded the construction of custom-designed smart homes for veterans and first responders who have suffered life-changing injuries.
17% of the charities we have supported over the years have funded Education and Skills projects. The majority of which - some 77%, or 219 charities - have focused on supporting Children and Young People. From funding a new minibus for Vuleka Schools in South Africa to give students from disadvantaged areas safe access to education, to providing scholarships to girls to attend the Colegio Montefalco in Mexico, ICAP Charity Day is helping give the next generation opportunity.
ICAP Charity Day is a team effort. Of course our brilliant brokers are front and centre on the day. But they would be the first to acknowledge the amazing contribution our support staff make. From the Technology teams, to Operations, to Events, to Finance, to HR - the entire ICAP family comes together to create an unforgettable day.
2012, and in the year that the Olympics came to London, ICAP capped off a decade of accelerating the growth of Charity Day by breaking the £100m raised to date mark. Oh, and our run rate had increased to £211,642 raised every hour...
Over the years, ICAP Charity Day has earned it's iconic event status thanks to the many magic moments it has created. From the fancy dress to the famous faces, to the funds raised, no one does Charity Day like ICAP. Thank you all - past and present - for making it so.
1 in 4 of the charities supported provide relief from poverty. For example, ICAP Charity Day funding has helped Food from the Heart in Singapore to provide continuous food support for 1,000 people and raise awareness of cutting food waste. in Spain, we have supported Caritas Espanola in Madrid to help over 2,000 vulnerable people meet their basic needs, providing autonomy, emphasising their abilities, and addressing family and work needs.
For decades, ICAP's donations have strengthened grantees' capacity, profile and, crucially, leverage. For example, ICAP funding supported new research that helped the Autism Science Foundation based in the US, in their efforts to develop new treatments for children. By starting the research they were able to apply for and successfully access an additional grant.
Causes to help children and young people in need are amongst the most supported by ICAP Charity Day. Over the years, we have made donations to more than 830 children's charities. One such charity is the Willow Foundation, where donations have helped to fund Special Days for 315 seriously ill young adults and their families. Engaging 1,260 people in total, ICAP funds have enabled these families to spend uncomplicated quality time together and make precious memories.
ICAP Charity Day has made donations to 48 charities supporting Armed & Rescue Services, several of which focus on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans. An example of this is The Royal Air Force Association's launch of 'Finding it Tough' in the UK, a training course funded by ICAP aimed at improving the mental well-being of the RAF community.
ICAP Charity Day is a fixture in the calendar to which all our colleagues look forward. Here are a few reasons why...
"All in all, it's a fabulous day full of laughter and cheer meeting some very interesting and good people in the knowledge, after a successful year, we are contributing to some exceptional charities!" Simon Morris, Managing Director
"Seeing our world through other people's eyes is a great way to reflect on the importance of the work that we do. Talking to the charity representatives really makes you aware of the immense impact that one day has on these charities and how much good can be done. It’s a really important way to give back and have some fun along the way." Shekhar Karia, Managing Director
"While it’s a fun filled day for us, it’s also very humbling to see how touched many of the charity representatives are that we even hold this day and I’ve heard many stories over the years of how much of a difference the money is going to make. It’s life changing for some people." Debbie Larkins, Personal Assistant
ICAP Charity Day is an international event with colleagues and customers from over 25 countries taking part. As a result, the difference it makes is truly global. Underpinning that global reach, is local intervention and engagement: 4 in 5 charities' delivery is regional or national. We also believe in the power of longevity. Many of the charities report on the relationship built up with their local ICAP Charity Day representative over the years. This is important given that 1 in 4 charities have been funded more than once, while 1 in 7 receive donations for three years or more.