LONDON, May 12, 2011 — BNY Mellon and London-based charity Community Links have been honoured at the Business Charity Awards 2011 for their five-year partnership, winning the award for 'Best Partnership between Finance or Professional Company and a Charity lasting more than 18 Months'.
Judge Tom Levitt, sector consultant and former MP, said: "BNY Mellon and Community Links have a partnership that is comprehensive, strategic, inclusive and progressive."
Geraldine Blake, Chief Executive Officer at Community Links, said: "We're delighted to see our partnership with BNY Mellon recognised in this way. Long-term partnerships with companies are invaluable to Community Links, enabling us to plan ahead, build our sustainability and innovate. BNY Mellon is our largest corporate supporter and we are extremely proud of the strong partnership we have developed, which has had a transformational effect on the lives of our service users over the past five years. We look forward to working with them for years to come."
Community Links runs a network of community based projects in Newham that reach over 30,000 vulnerable children, young people, adults and older people each year under the auspices of tackling poverty, raising aspirations for a better life, extending opportunities in education and employment and building stronger communities.
Woody Kerr, vice-chairman, Europe at BNY Mellon, commented: "In these challenging economic times, when charities are being forced to reassess their funding of key programmes, it is essential that corporate partners continue to offer sustained support for the third sector. Our partnership with Community Links has not only brought tremendous tangible benefits to local communities, but has also generated immense pride and commitment amongst BNY Mellon's employees here in London."
In 2009, with support from BNY Mellon, Community Links launched an innovative programme called Future Links to assist NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) young people in breaking the cycle of dependency and develop plans to progress into sustainable employment, further education or training.
The partnership with Community Links is part of BNY Mellon's global programme 'Powering Potential', which provides support for workforce development and basic needs for those facing economic hardships worldwide.
BNY Mellon was short-listed for the award alongside Barclays (UNICEF), first direct (ChildLine), Lloyd's Banking Group (Opportunity International), Nomura (Teenage Cancer Trust) and Royal Bank of Scotland (The Prince's Trust).
BNY Mellon is a global financial services company focused on helping clients manage and service their financial assets, operating in 36 countries and serving more than 100 markets. BNY Mellon is a leading provider of financial services for institutions, corporations and high-net-worth individuals, offering superior investment management and investment services through a worldwide client focused team. It has $25.5 trillion in assets under custody and administration and $1.2 trillion in assets under management, services $11.9 trillion in outstanding debt and processes global payments averaging $1.7 trillion per day. BNY Mellon is the corporate brand of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE: BK). Additional information is available at www.bnymellon.com.
Community Links is an innovative east London charity, running a wide range of community services and projects for 30,000 people each year. Based in Newham, they have over 30 years of experience working with local people to support children, young people, adults and families. Through their national work, they share lessons with government and community groups across the country to achieve social change.