Berkshire Community Foundation
Panasonic has been the Corporate Patron for The Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) since 1992.
The BCF has been at the forefront of local charitable giving for the last 30 years. They raise funds for, and make grants to, local charities and community groups addressing identified need across Berkshire.
The BCF use their local knowledge to connect supporters, like Panasonic, to the groups and communities they want to help. Making sure their donations are effective and bring the greatest benefit to those most in need.
Last year BCF gave over £900,000 to a wide range of local projects, addressing issues such as child poverty, unemployment, social isolation and homelessness.
The BCF work with supporters, large and small, to make sure their donation has the greatest impact and are committed to making giving as easy and quick as possible. The Monitoring and evaluation of grants awarded means that supporters can be assured their charitable giving is getting to where it is really needed, and that it is making a big difference. BCF’s approach means we can support a variety of local projects, including smaller groups who are doing vital work but who have real difficulties in raising funds.
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust
Panasonic UK have been corporate partners of the local branch of the wildlife trust for over 20 years. Throughout the duration of the partnership several volunteer days and workshops have been held at wildlife trust sites to help and aid the conservation work they are undertaking. Panasonic also host BBOWT workshops and events at our headquarters in Bracknell.
This partnership has been long and fruitful for both parties. The link with the wildlife trust has allowed Panasonic employees to get in touch with, and experience, their local environment and improve it for themselves and the surrounding community.
Furthermore, Panasonic have donated products such as, LUMIX cameras to give away as photography competition prizes and display units for BBOWT field centres.
Panasonic UK supports local schools and communities through opening its doors and providing experiences and opportunities to local people.
School visits to Panasonic offices expose young students to the cutting edge technology that is being developed here at Panasonic; hopefully inspiring them to greatness. Panasonic also engages with local pupils through going into schools and giving talks on the company, the brand, the technology and what it’s like to work for a leading global technology corporation.
This is all part of the company's plan to create “A Better Life, A Better World” through inspiring the next generation.
Zoological Society of London
ZSL is a world leader in wildlife conservation, science and education. It’s efforts guide and enable others all across the world, working for wildlife in over 50 countries, educating and inspiring people and businesses to play their part to achieve a world where animals are valued and their conservation assured.
Panasonic supported the work of ZSL in 2016 through a multi-faceted partnership. As sponsor to the ZSL Animal Photography Prize, Lumix UK helped celebrate the wonder and diversity of nature as nearly 3000 stunning shots were submitted to the competition from around the world. The shortlisted and winning images were displayed on large panels for five months at ZSL London Zoo, engaging visitors in the beauty of the animal kingdom. Lumix UK also partnered with the Gir Lion Lodges – ZSL’s unique overnight stay next to the Land of the Lions in ZSL London Zoo – providing 4K DMC-GX80 cameras to enable guests to capture unmissable moments and preserve their memories from the experience.
Panasonic also had two teams from its Talent for Tomorrow Programme tackling briefs to help further ZSL’s charitable mission by engaging public and corporate supporters, and through supporting ZSL’s annual gala generated vital funds to help combat the illegal wildlife trade.