As the newest member of Deloitte North West Europe, Deloitte Ireland was excited to get involved in the first ever NWE Impact Awards which were launched in January this year. These awards were established to showcase the best examples of Deloitte people and teams making an impact for clients, for people in Deloitte and for the society. With more than 80 submissions entered in Ireland, the competition was fierce. With three rounds of judging, including a final round judged by the Deloitte Executive board, each entry was thoroughly scrutinised in Ireland and four winning entries went forward to the North West Europe judging panel. Ultimately 17 projects were successful, with two of these involving teams from Ireland.
One of these entries related to Deloitte’s support for the community through its annual IMPACT Day, which allows Deloitte people to give back to the local and surrounding communities by providing their time, labour and expertise to charitable organisations in both traditional and professional skills volunteering on a single day in September. As part of their prize, the winning team were proud to travel to Brussels recently for the Deloitte NWE Partner Conference. Claire Bergin, Daisy Grehan and Gerry Keating of the firm’s Corporate Responsibility team, and Nikki Hegarty of the Business Development team, had worked closely on the project to deliver a real impact for multiple charities over the course of a single day.
As Director of Business Development, Nikki is responsible for composing client proposals and coaching staff to bid for client work. Nikki also has a wealth of experience of the not for profit sector having worked in the sector, as well as setting up her own charity with her mother. Nikki and her team of volunteers worked with the NCBI on IMPACT Day 2016 helping them to improve how they tell their story to potential corporate partners, leading to increased funding for the charity. The IMPACT Day team built on this success in 2017 by hosting a pitching workshop led by Nikki, as well as providing mock pitches with Deloitte partners. In addition to this, a social media workshop supported all the charities attending the IMPACT Day professional skills workshops. The team received phenomenal feedback from the charities involved, as well as volunteers participating on the day. With plans to develop the offerings further in 2018, Deloitte is set to make an even bigger impact on the not for project sector, leveraging the skillset of people within the organisation for the benefit of society.
Watch some of the feedback from the charities involved :
National Council for the Blind – Amie Hynes Fitzpatrick, Fundraising Manager
Enable Ireland – Donal Kitt, Fundraising Manager