LandAid latest news 18th July 2014

LandAid, the property industry charity, has launched a pro bono campaign to encourage the property industry to donate £200,000 of expertise to support charity projects across the UK.

LandAid said the initiative would encourage its supporter network to "give vital time and expertise to help disadvantaged young people in the UK". LandAid is asking for companies to commit at least 10 days of free professional advice in 2014-15, making the "intrinsic link between social objectives and the resources of businesses to drive change. The overall aim is to get 40 companies to donate time with an estimated value of £200,000".

LandAid said that with over 75 corporate partners it has the connections to successfully broker relationships between pro bono providers and charities to make a difference to vulnerable children and young people in the UK. A specialist team has been set up within LandAid that will work to match available expertise with the right projects.

So far 16 companies have already committed over 160 days in total, equating to 1,350 hours and more than £120,000 of pro bono property advice to LandAid’s charity partners. Joanna Averley, Chief Executive of LandAid, said: “Our pro bono campaign is the product of huge demand, both from the charity partners we work with, and within our industry who are keen to give something back. People are looking to business – as their employer, customer, client or supplier – to demonstrate how they are giving back to society and community.
LandAid and its pro bono programme is how an entire industry can give back and thereby have a greater and more meaningful impact. This is a hugely exciting time for LandAid and a great opportunity to be part of the next phase of our journey.”

Julie Hirigoyen, Head of Sustainability at JLL, said: “At JLL we are always trying to think of new ways to create positive social value. Using our professional expertise to give charities practical help on a pro bono basis is a fantastic complement to our community investment programme. We are delighted to be a part of this important initiative, and we feel that LandAid is uniquely placed to be brokering such relationships in the property industry.” The bono programme will enable charities to reshape, sustain and grow their vital services with free expertise including: asset management, property searches, lease negotiation and purchase, architectural services, building surveys, cost estimates, tender evaluations, construction, project management and property legal advice.