EQ Investors proud to support Advent calendar with a difference

An opportunity to make a positive impact together.

FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterlinkedinmail   by John Spiers, 13th September 2019

I’m immensely proud to be able to announce that EQ Investors (EQ) is supporting Advent of Change a revolutionary charity advent calendar, inviting people to give, rather than receive as they count down to Christmas.

We are the key sponsor and will be supporting Advent of Change by promoting the calendar to our stakeholders.

This social enterprise, which was born just over eighteen months ago, has also caught the attention of the John Lewis Partnership, who will be stocking the calendar in John Lewis & Waitrose stores throughout the country and online.

So, what’s the idea? Each door reveals a different donation to a charity, spread across a wide variety of causes, including social mobility, healthcare and the environment. A huge majority of the sale price will go directly to charity.

Each day represents a donation and describes how that gift could be used to give you a clear understanding of where your money is going and to see how your money can help change the world for the better, from feeding the homeless to protecting our oceans.

Advent of Change is the brainchild of Kristina Salceanu. We wish her the very best of luck and will continue to support her on her journey.

Making a positive impact

As a company, EQ is committed to making a positive impact. We’re a Certified B Corporation, the international standard for companies who believe in business as a force for good.

We operate a Matched Giving programme to help our clients and staff raise extra funds for their favourite causes and we have set up the EQ Foundation as a registered charity.

Our Positive Impact Portfolios are a unique proposition for those who care about how and where their money is invested.

Transforming the way you give

Finding good charities is actually more difficult than you think. Most people give money to charities reactively: someone asks you for a donation, sometimes you say yes. Usually you have very little idea as to whether this charity is really doing a good job.

We’re on a mission to change that. We’ve built a search facility that looks at more than 190,000 charities registered in the UK. In addition to fairly standard filters, such as areas of activity, size and type of beneficiaries we’ve added three factors that we believe are new and can be early indicators of success:

  • Rate of growth
  • Award winners
  • Backing from major grant makers.

The latter indicates that the charity has satisfied the due diligence requirements of some of the UK’s professional givers.

You can try this out now by going to givingisgreat.org

Find out more

EQ is an award-winning boutique wealth manager, providing financial advice and investment management services to individuals, small businesses and charitable endowments.

If you’d like to find out more about our services, please email enquiries@eqinvestors.co.uk or call 020 7488 7182. We’re always happy to hear from you.

About the author: John Spiers

John is the CEO of EQ. After gaining an MA in Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge he went into the City as a research analyst for 10 years.

In 1986 he set up Bestinvest and over the next 20 years it grew to become a leading private client advisory and wealth management business with over 50,000 clients. In 2007 Bestinvest was acquired by 3i.

Since then John has built up a portfolio of other interests, including the establishment of a Foundation to support various charities. He has taken a particular interest in projects aimed to increase the use of Early Intervention to reduce child abuse. He has also retained a close interest in investment, being a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a member of the Investment Committee for Clare College.

John enjoys competitive sport and participates in historic motorsport and international croquet.

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