'I left a job i loved working for HRH Prince of Wales to set-up a 'for purpose' business'
Steve Wickham (above) joined Purposely to share his founder story with the London based Giving Department.
Steve shares details on his ‘carpe diem’ moment, pressing go on his dream company and job despite the uncertainty caused by a global financial crisis and challenges presented by a young family. The ‘for purpose’ agency endures to this day successfully enabling for profit companies to support nonprofit ideals. Steve and his team delight in playing a role in a better society. Prior to this he spent 10 years in the charity sector. As a successful fundraiser Steve worked for a number of charities in senior roles including The Prince’s Trust. Steve shares his passion for the trusts work and details on his funding lunches with Lord Young, Baron of Young Graffham where they engaged prospective donors to help make a positive and lasting difference to people lives.
Steve has a deep understanding of philanthropy and how companies and private funders can best support charities, more as equal partners both trying to deliver positive impact. How effective relationships can be developed and a sense of where value can be delivered and how the right support can deliver genuine and long-lasting change.
The Giving Department was founded in 2010 with the clear vision of providing expert independent resource to help companies and philanthropists deliver real social impact and achieve their greatest charitable ambitions. Over the subsequent years Steve has developed the business, working with an increasingly wide portfolio of clients from FTSE100 companies to corporate foundations and private HNW philanthropists. Passionate about the sector, Steve is often called to speak on charitable issues and on occasions provides bespoke mentoring to help individuals build capability and impact. Steve also helps people who want to transition their careers to the 'third sector'.
To fine out more www.thegivingdepartment.com