At the heart of our activities as a modern Livery Company lies a deep commitment to philanthropy, in this we follow the long tradition of Livery Companies.
Our mission is to use our IT skills to make a difference.
In our brief 25 year history, the WCIT Charity has achieved a huge amount, including spinning off two independent charities, the Charity IT Association and Lifelites; endowing a new school in Hammersmith; and supporting hundreds of individual causes through grants of almost £4 million. We believe that our model of IT with funding, pro bono expertise and cross-charity collaboration add exceptional value to the causes we support.
With our focus on IT, the objectives of the WCIT Charity are as follows:
The advancement of education and training of the public in matters related to information technology.
Promoting the effectiveness and efficiency of charities and the effective use of resources to achieve charitable purposes for the benefit of the public by the provision of advice and support in relation to information technology.
Subject to 1 and 2 above, the provision of grants for such purposes as are charitable according to the law of England and Wales.
Or to put it another way, we aim to be the leading facilitator of IT related charitable activities by leveraging the resources, funds and pro bono skills of the IT sector (commercial organisations, professional bodies and individuals), by partnering with carefully selected charities and by the generosity and charitable activities of all of the Company’s membership.
Our priority areas of IT related charitable activities are:
Enhancing opportunity for young people through more effective education
Improving quality of life for the disadvantaged and disabled and socially excluded
Helping charities and other not-for-profit organisations get the best out of IT
Improving the understanding of IT and its capabilities to the wider public
The outcomes we deliver through our sponsor schools such as the Hammersmith Academy and Lilian Baylis Technology School, the Charity IT Association (CITA) and individual charities and social enterprises such as Lifelites, Gresham College and Thames Reach, demonstrate the power of our approach of combining skills, money and strategic partnering.
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The WCIT Charity is registered as a charity under registration number 1113488. It is overseen by a Board of Directors (Trustees) chaired by Past Master Jo Connell OBE DL.
For more information and to see how you could help visit our web pages under the drop down menu of the Charity tab, email our Charity Coordinator Eleanor MacGregor, or call her at the WCIT Hall on 020 3871 0255.
You can also make an ad hoc donation through mydonate.