Top charity lawyer gives keynote on how “giving a little can gain a lot”

Presenter Michele Todd conducts an interactive session with conference attendees

hlw Keeble Hawson partner and head of the firm’s charity sector group, Michele Todd, has equipped business owners across the UK with valuable insights into the benefits of giving back to their local communities.

A board member of independent residential care home, Taptonholme and of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYFC), Michele gave the keynote address at a conference spearheaded by Office Friendly, a multi-award winning business development group based in Sheffield.

The ‘Festival of the Mind’ event which supports women in business, focused on the theme of Corporate Social Responsibility. Michele outlined the wide-ranging bonuses of supporting charities which include boosting staff engagement and morale, achieving ethical objectives, expanding skills and increasing contacts and clients.

The talk included the vital work of SYFC, with a case study highlighting how it funded and supported The Suit Works in Sheffield, which provides male jobseekers with smart clothing for interviews.

Office Friendly MD Julie Hawley said: “We have a very proactive membership that involve themselves with charities and good causes that are close to their hearts. Many do not recognise this as a CSR strategy and it was great to listen to Michele who demonstrated how beneficial it can be to all stakeholders in a company.”

Establishing the firm’s dedicated charity sector group with a comprehensive third sector offering spanning governance and taxation to employment in 2010, Michele is commended for her experience in, and knowledge of, the charity sector in the latest Legal 500 guide. hlw Keeble Hawson is the Small Charities Coalition’s northern partner and Michele regularly advises charity trustees at their joint events.

She said: “As a champion of social responsibility, our firm has witnessed at first-hand how our wide-ranging initiatives add immense value to the organisations we support. They also motivate, energise and inspire our teams who participate in them.

“Promoting and fundraising for charities and local good causes reinforces a company’s ethos and reputation in the communities where it works, recruits from and provides goods and services.”

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