An Incredible £70,000 Raised & Donated in AABIE’s First Year!

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the UK’s leading firms of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, has announced an extremely successful first year for their own Charity; The Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABIE), with an incredible…

News1st Mar 2018

By Dave Marshall

An Incredible £70,000 Raised and Donated in AABi's First Year!

Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB), one of the UK’s leading firms of Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors, has announced an extremely successful first year for their own Charity; The Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABIE), with an incredible £70,000 of funding donated to 45 different charities and causes. In addition, AABIE has also donated over 1,250 hours of volunteering time to numerous charities across the City and Shire, including AAB staff being involved in 10 different education/mentoring programmes.

Launched in December 2016, AABIE is the platform which facilitates everyone at AAB to be able to invest in the communities in which they operate by seeking partnerships with charities and inviting applications from worthy causes for donations, grants and volunteer time. The volunteering time is delivered by AAB staff, who are all allocated a full day volunteer leave per annum.

Some of the charities who have benefited from AABIE funding include North East Sensory Services, who were able to fund a weekend residential trip for 10 children with visual and/or hearing impairments. AABIE also funded Spinal Research UK’s specialist research project on spinal repair, which is being undertaken at The University of Aberdeen and enabled Shazam Theatre Company to hire the Tivoli Theatre to perform Peter Pan last summer. In addition to sponsoring local football, hockey, netball and gymnastic groups.

Included in the 1,250 hours of volunteering time were AAB staff painting the tables and riding school at SSPCA, assisting in the café at VSA’s Easter Anguston Farm and helping in both the garden and an arts class at Linn Moor Residential School. The education initiatives AAB staff have been volunteering with include Career Ready, Leadership Academy at Transition Extreme and the University of Aberdeen’s Star Awards. In addition to this, the firm undertake their own activities with local primary and secondary schools, as well as the College and both Universities.

Graeme Allan, one of the AABIE Trustees commented “the trustees are absolutely delighted to see the incredible impact which has been made across our community in the first year of AABIE. The funds we have available for our grant donations are all raised by activities the staff at AAB undertake and it is fantastic to see how far their efforts can reach. Equally, we are thrilled to have been able to participate in so many worthy volunteering activities and are currently gearing up for our next year of volunteering which will be launching very soon.

We truly care about investing in the communities in which we operate and look forward to receiving more applications from worthy causes throughout our second year of grant rounds.

On behalf of the trustees I would like to thank the staff at AAB for their hard work in raising funds and giving their time but equally we would like to thank the local charities who have applied to AAB and opened us up to new relationships with so many wonderful causes and we are grateful to be able to play a small part in their continued success.”

 

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About Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP: AAB are one of the UK’s leading Chartered Accountants + Business Advisory Firms with a depth of capability, experience and resource to meet client’s needs locally, nationally and internationally. Through an extensive service offering, the team at AAB is focused on providing the services that client’s need, when they need them, to help them grow and improve your business. It’s not about AAB – it’s about their clients. By working with AAB, clients receive a personalised service geared to their business and delivered by a team of professionals seeking to add value. AAB’s purpose is to support their client’s ambitions through the Plus Factor, working in partnership with them to pioneer integrated advisory solutions.

About The Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative: The Anderson Anderson & Brown Charitable Initiative (AABIE) was launched in 2016 and is the platform which facilitates all at AAB to be able to invest in the communities in which we operate. AABIE seeks partnership with charities and invites applications from worthy causes for donations and grants from the initiative. Through AABIE we also encourage our employees to use their time and skills to support local charities through projects and volunteering events. To focus and unite our efforts across AABi we adopted five key strategic themes for the initiative:

  • Education
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Community & Volunteering
  • Fundraising
  • Environment

AABIE is managed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are current or former senior members of AAB’s leadership team, and is chaired by Sheena Anderson, one of the founding Partners of AAB (now retired). Each of the five strategic themes of the initiative are also supported by relevant teams and committees across AAB.

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Scottish Charity No. SC046440