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Touch: Matched Charitable Giving

We have the worldwide reach and ability to financially support projects that improve the social conditions for some of the world's poorest people.  Our matched global giving campaign, Touch, is a fundraising commitment designed to advance the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and is an inclusive scheme that promotes employee engagement through a firmwide consultation. We support a local nonprofit in each of the countries where we work, as well as support an international nonprofit on a global level.  Our current global nonprofit is Care International's microfinance program, Lendwithcare.

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Supporting Sarah's HopeAmericas

In 2014 our Baltimore office selected Sarah's Hope, a 24-hour emergency shelter in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore City, as our local Touch charity and has since devised a series of activities and fundraisers to support the charity's homeless women and children.

Sandtown-Winchester, located in West Baltimore, has long been plagued by severe unemployment and poverty. According to a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, the area accounts for some of the city's grimmest statistics: "The 72-block neighborhood is part of a section of West Baltimore in which about half the children live below the poverty line, nearly a quarter of adults are out of work, and the homicide rate is more than double the citywide average." The 2015 events surrounding the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray have resulted in increased awareness of the issues besetting this neighborhood, and we are prouder than ever to continue our efforts in support of the community.

One of Baltimore's fundraisers for Sarah's Hope - the Summer Celebration Cookout Lunch and Jeans Day - asked employees to donate US$5 to enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs with all the traditional sides and fixings and casual dress for the day. Attendees were also asked to consider an additional donation to help purchase camp supplies such as sunscreen, children's swim shoes, beach towels, and snacks, or to donate these items in kind. After providing a portion of the proceeds to our global Touch charity, the remaining funds supported Sarah's Hope in the purchase of camp supplies for an eight-week summer camp for homeless children ages 5 to 12, many of whom live at the shelter.

Earlier in the year, the office hosted a pancake breakfast, through which 37 lawyers and staff members donated towards the purchase of all five Pack 'n Play portable cribs listed on Hope House's amazon.com wish list. Given the widespread response, the office exceeded its fundraising goal and, with the glut of funds, purchased other high-need items on the charity's list, including items ranging from hygiene and fitness products for the women to games and furniture for the kids.

The office also hosted a School Lunch event, featuring disposable lunch trays and a throwback meal comparable to our old school lunches, in which donations were collected to purchase school supplies for the shelter's children.

In addition to providing financial contributions with the firm's match during 2014, our volunteers donated 25 Halloween costumes to ensure the children could take part in fun festivities and provided 30 bags of blankets, sheets, and toys, as well as Target gift cards, to support the families before the Christmas holiday.

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7 Drinks that Changed the World in LondonUK and Africa

Building on the success of previous years, the London office recently hosted 7 Drinks that Changed the World, a drinks evening in support of our new global Touch charity partner, Lendwithcare through CARE International.

The evening was a resounding success and provided the opportunity for Hogan Lovells lawyers to engage with clients in a relaxed, informal atmosphere, while supporting Lendwithcare. An impressive £10,000, raised through our Touch fundraising efforts, was loaned out to Lendwithcare's entrepreneurs during the evening. Our clients also thoroughly enjoyed the event and expressed their interest in attending similar events in the future.

Guests were encouraged to shake up their own daiquiris, smell their way to their perfect G&T and flame oranges for their cosmos while learning the history and mixology of each drink. The guests also enjoyed canapés and finger food, which were specifically designed to complement each drink.

"I thought the variety was good, and having different types of drink (rather than just different types of wine as in previous years) made the event more interesting.'"

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Bringing a Happy Halloween to Underprivileged ChildrenAmericas

In celebration of Halloween, our New York and Baltimore offices led efforts to ensure local, underprivileged children would have an enjoyable holiday. 

Our New York office hosted a “Halloween Hair-Raiser” party for 60 children and their parents from Sanctuary for Families, a pro bono client and our New York office’s local Touch charity.  Our employees decorated the office, transforming conference rooms into wonderfully fun and frightening entertainment areas for the children. Most of the decorations were donated by employees for this event.

The children and their parents were greeted at the ornamented lobby desk by our receptionist wearing a witch’s costume and escorted by our scary-looking staff members to the Halloween-themed conference rooms. The children decorated desserts, played games, and enjoyed trick or treating throughout our designated work stations.

Sanctuary for Families is New York’s leading service provider and advocate for survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence. In addition to the festivities, our New York office donated 40 Halloween costumes to the affected children. 

In Baltimore, our office donated an additional 25 costumes to underprivileged children at Sarah’s Hope, a full-time shelter for women and children in Baltimore City with whom we also partner locally under our Touch program.  The office encouraged employees to donate or bring in a costume, and because of those proceeds, each child at Sarah’s Hope was able to receive a costume. 

The efforts made for a heartwarming Halloween at Hogan Lovells.

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Lendwithcare Microloan Enables Beneficiary to Send Children to SchoolAmericas, Asia and Middle East, Europe, UK and Africa

Throughout the summer, our offices - including Dubai, New York, London, and Washington, D.C. - made microloans to entrepreneurs via Lendwithcare.org as part of our Touch charity program. Using donations collected through previous fundraising events, members of the firm made nearly 100 microloans to entrepreneurs in a number of developing countries, including Zambia, Malawi, Benin, Togo, Pakistan, Cambodia, and Ecuador.

One of the entrepreneurs who received a microloan was Victoria Goliyati, a 33-year-old market stall owner and single mother from Blantyre, Malawi. Victoria has sold rice, beans, and popcorn from her stall at the local market for the past five years and requested a loan to buy her stock in bulk and reduce her long-term costs. She hopes to save enough money to turn her stall into a grocery store. Victoria is very proud that the income she currently makes allows her to feed her family three meals a day and send her children to school.

Lendwithcare is our global Touch charity partner, and our support will fund hundreds of entrepreneurs over the next two years. As the loans are repaid, the money will be used to expand Lendwithcare into four new countries, thus magnifying the impact of our donations.

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Los Angeles Office Helps Underserved YouthAmericas

In April, our Los Angeles office raised money for A Place Called Home, enabling it to purchase a desperately needed truck to make food deliveries. A Place Called Home is a safe haven in South Central Los Angeles, where underserved youth are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being and are inspired to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. The charity gives young people the chance to grow up in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the country, with a college counseling and scholarship program that provides tangible support to send dozens of first generation college students to great schools in California and across the country each year. 

The charity was challenged by Toyota to raise US$29,000 by 30 April. If they reached their goal, Toyota promised to donate the balance towards the purchase of a Toyota Tundra. Our donations, along with other generous donations made on their website, allowed A Place Called Home to meet and exceed their goal. Not only were they able to purchase the truck, they were also able to fund additional expenses, including insurance and fuel!

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Touch Towers of Charitable GivingAmericas

In June, our Northern Virginia office hosted a successful fundraising campaign to benefit social entrepreneurs affected by disability through Lendwithcare, our global Touch charity's microfinance program. The fundraiser involved a Lego-tower building competition between the East and West sides of our office, in which each donation purchased a “brick” (Lego) to contribute to the relevant tower’s Lego-structure.

Through this feisty but friendly competition, our office was able to make a sizable donation – over US$2,200.00 with the firm’s match – to our global charity partner. The winners of our competition were allowed to wear jeans to work for a full week!

The idea for this innovative Lego-building fundraiser came from a member of our Washington, D.C. office, and it was implemented there in 2013 before catching on in Northern Virginia. 

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Activities Raise Funds for Foster FamiliesEurope

In continuance of its good work to help orphaned children in Russia, the Moscow office recently presented 153,000 RUB to Orion, a nonprofit community of foster families, and a branch of the Kitezh Children's Community, that supports abandoned children. The money was raised by the office through various fundraising activities, including a brunch and a raffle. The funds donated will be used to buy vacuum cleaners, wardrobes, and other small pieces of furniture for three foster families in the Orion community.

Russia has nearly 3 million orphans, and the solution offered by Orion and Kitezh is making a real difference in the quality of life of the young people that live in these communities, offering them a chance to prepare for the real world in a safe, comfortable, and loving environment.



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Pancake Breakfast Raises Funds for Homeless ChildrenAmericas

The Baltimore office far surpassed its fundraising goal with its first pancake breakfast to benefit local Touch charity Sarah's Hope, a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children. The breakfast was held on 20 March 2014, and 37 lawyers and staff donated to the cause. US $500 was raised, which will be matched by our global legal practice.

The office Touch Committee set an original fundraising goal to purchase all five Pack 'n Play portable cribs listed on the shelter's wish list. With the additional funds, the Committee will select from additional high-need items on the list, which includes everything from hygiene and fitness products to games and furniture.



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Living the High Life With the London Air AmbulanceUK and Africa

On March 28 2014, one of our professional assistants in London was treated to a trip in the London Air Ambulance helicopter, enjoying the views over the city and an insight into the role that one of our local Touch charity partners plays in saving lives across London.

The assistant won the helicopter ride in our Red Envelope raffle held in February, and brought her sister-in-law along for the sunset journey. The helicopter is stored overnight in a depot in Northolt, west London, and the London Air Ambulance kindly agreed to let the raffle prize-winner hitch a ride from their helipad at the Royal London hospital back to the depot. This meant that the ambulance was effectively 'off-duty' when they took their ride across London.

But with the ambulance on-call until sunset every evening, our lucky passengers had to wait for their ride when an emergency call came in just half an hour before they were due to fly. The air ambulance duly sped north at 180mph to attend to a patient, while our passengers warmed themselves in the London Air Ambulance control center. They didn't have to wait long before the helicopter returned and took them for a dusk flight across London.

School visit
A week later, a group of students from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School joined the London Air Ambulance at the Royal Hospital to meet members of the team and learn more about the life-saving work that they do every day.

The girls were awarded the visit by the charity after their hard work for the swishing event, held in January at Atlantic House, which raised over £1,000 for our Touch charities.

London's Air Ambulance fly around six missions a day, being called out to major trauma incidents around the city. They can reach anywhere within the area of the M25 motorway in approximately seven minutes. The students learned the process through which 999 emergency calls are screened by a specially trained paramedic waiting to see the right call for the air ambulance. The girls got the opportunity to see the helicopter return from such a mission and to meet the pilot and doctor/paramedic crew that were on call that day. The school have reported on what a fantastic opportunity this has been for their girls.

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Global Touch Charity Partner Lendwithcare Holds WorkshopUK and Africa

Our global Touch charity partner Lendwithcare, through Care International, recently held a three-day workshop in our London office for its microfinance institution (MFI) partners from across the globe.

Lendwithcare is Care International's microlending initiative, which allows individual donors to provide microloans to entrepreneurs in seven developing countries. Over the next two years, our donations will fund approximately 400 entrepreneurs in their small business ventures. 

Microfinance representatives from Zambia, Togo, Cambodia, and Pakistan, to name a few, gathered to learn more about microfinance systems in other countries, develop global and local partnerships, and share best practice. For some, it was their first time travelling outside of their home countries and they were all looking forward to seeing more of London throughout the week.

As part of our Touch partnership with Lendwithcare, members of the firm also provided pro bono advice to Lendwithcare and their MFI partners during the workshop, as well as throughout the course of our two-year partnership.

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