Long standing Corporate Patron, The Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation have appointed basis.point as a Strategic Partner, broadening the geographic reach of partners in their global ESG programme.
The announcement, championed by Alan Keating, Managing Director at Duff & Phelps, was made at their offices on St Stephen’s Green earlier in February 2020. Alan, along with fellow managing directors, Niall Cribben and Anne O’Dwyer, presented Eimear Cowhey of basis.point with a cheque for €13,500 which will help in the continued rollout of the basis.point numeracy programme delivered through Suas.
Anne O’Dwyer sits on the Board of Directors for the Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation and said, “We’re delighted to have basis.point as a strategic partner. Financial literacy is important to both of us, and we’re thrilled to be able to contribute to the important work they are doing. It’s also important to us that they’re local and we’re able to be so actively involved in our community.”
Launched in 2018, the Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting organisations who foster positive change in underserved and disadvantaged communities around the world.
In each country, the local team is empowered to select a number of charities to work with. In 2019, the Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation granted almost half a million to charities across the globe.
Duff & Phelps colleagues in Ireland have identified the inequalities in education as an area that they would like to address and have chosen our numeracy programme, delivered through Suas, as an area of focus. The numeracy programme offers scope for volunteering in DEIS band 1 and 2 schools throughout Ireland and it is hoped that the team will get actively involved.
Joining them at the launch were Edel O’Malley, CEO basis.point and Joanne Malone, Head of Programmes, Suas. Joanne spoke of the transformative power of the numeracy programme. “Sitting together with their own individual mentor, fosters a sense of self-worth in the children that carries through into their general approach to school. The children engage more readily in learning, attendance figures improve and this in turn has a positive impact on the home environment. It is a win win situation”.
Edel commented “We’d like to sincerely thank the Duff & Phelps Charitable Foundation for appointing basis.point as a strategic partner. Suas rely on visionary and civic minded partners to ensure that thousands of disadvantaged children throughout Ireland are not forgotten. Your generous contribution is invaluable”.
Commitments such as this allow basis.point and our educational partners to plan long term programmes that can significantly improve outcomes for children from educationally disadvantaged communities.
Thank you sincerely to the team at Duff & Phelps, another great example of industry collaboration within the Irish Funds sector.