Companies and charities - your questions answered!

For each topic, we give you the chance to ask questions to our experts.

For Big corp power, meet Philippa from the Charities Aid Foundation - who helps companies give money to charity.

Here's a selection of Philippa's answers. Read the rest in the comments below!

Will big companies be aware of what is happening from the climate crisis and others in this year? Are they going to donate an amount equivalent to the damage they are causing?
majestic_moon, Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Thank you for the question... - We watched the developments at COP26 closely. Several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we discuss with our clients, encourage plans to tackle climate change and focus on sustainability. We believe that sustainability can no longer be seen as something that would just be nice to do; an optional extra on top of making a profit. They are crucial considerations that must be thought about across businesses- and it has to go further than just giving money or ‘offsetting’ the climate impact that the company has. If companies don’t adopt this way of working now, they will soon be falling short of what legislators, investors and consumers expect of them, with far-reaching consequences for their future as well as that of the planet.


Does donating to charities help to provide free publicity for the company and help in attracting citizens?
capable_seal, Jabalia Prep Girls A School, Occupied Palestinian Territory

Thank you for the question! Yes, a responsible business can help to create ‘positive brand awareness’- so customers want to buy your products, employees want to work for you, and partners want to work with you. But nowadays it’s about going further than that. Would you prioritise working for a company that was socially responsible?

Comments (49)

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    12 Jan 2022

    My question is, do you think that large companies should donate to charitable organizations and that it becomes a law, and I have another question, do you think that companies donate to charitable organizations in order to escape from paying taxes??

    1. avatar.jpg Urvashi @ The Economist
      appreciative_pear's comment 13 Jan 2022

      Great question! To add another perspective, do you think government's gave charities tax exemptions so that big corporations will donate more?

  • British Council.jpg compassionate_explanation | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    12 Jan 2022

    By participating in do major companies that donate to charitable institutions donate from their heart and with sincere intentions and implement what they pledge on the ground, or in order to draw attention to them and attract clients???

    1. Ericka Shin.jpg Ericka @ The Economist
      compassionate_explanation's comment 13 Jan 2022

      Thanks for your thought-provoking question, compassionate_explanation! It got me wondering why it's important to know companies' true intentions when they donate to charities. What do you think?

      1. British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Ericka @ The Economist's comment 28 Jan 2022

        In my opinion, knowing this will make us know how sincere the company is in dealing with its customers and whether we should trust it or not,Where would I have to deal with a company that uses the payment of donations to get attention as it wants fame on the lives of poor and suffering people in the camps! In my opinion, the one who has these false feelings, when he develops, will mix his lies in customer service and the product will become less quality and more expensive, as he who took advantage of the lives of poor people, it is not excluded that he takes advantage of my trust in his products and services offered to clients

    2. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      compassionate_explanation's comment 03 Feb 2022

      Thank you for engaging! Grant making is more than a simple donation to charity. It is an opportunity to create wider value and help drive social change. Often companies will start with what they want their impact ‘on the ground’ to be, and decide where and to whom to make their donations, to ensure funds are going to the right place.

  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    Well, my question is, we are trying to make companies more developed with their capital, and this will certainly cost a lot, and other than that. It has employees who receive a salary to continue working, and there, too, it must donate to institutions in the state. My question is, how can we balance all these expenses required from the company???

    1. British Council.jpg radical_beetle | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      pioneering_wilddog's comment 18 Jan 2022

      These companies can divide the profits on what they will pay, whether for employees, taxes or donations, in proportion to the company’s profits. It is natural that the taxes will be a specific percentage of the government, as this will help in distributing and balancing the company’s expenses.

    2. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      pioneering_wilddog's comment 30 Jan 2022

      We are talking about major corporations, which means that there will be no impact on the amount to be donated to charity. Also, taxes are a percentage according to the government's profits. I do not think that there is any difficulty in dividing the expenses, and the donation money will not cost anything in relation to the company's capital and profits.

  • British Council.jpg thoughtful_iceberg | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    Why do most companies prefer to donate to charities rather than pay taxes?

    1. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      thoughtful_iceberg's comment 03 Feb 2022

      I would say this shouldn’t be an either/ or debate. A responsible company should pay its taxes and consider how to support causes that matter to them, their employees and their customers. The tax break on corporate donations encourages companies to carefully consider a philanthropic budget, and contribute with funds (donations) and/or skills (volunteering) where they can make a positive impact.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    My question is after setting up the tax exemption law for companies, what about the companies that were incorporated and did not get the exemption?

  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    My question is: Will the big companies be aware of what is happening from the climate crisis and others in this year??? Are you going to donate an amount equivalent to what you were causing damage to the environment???

    1. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      majestic_moon's comment 03 Feb 2022

      Thank you for the question... - We watched the developments at COP26 closely. Several of the UN Sustainable Development Goals which we discuss with our clients, encourage plans to tackle climate change and focus on sustainability. We believe that sustainability can no longer be seen as something that would just be nice to do; an optional extra on top of making a profit. They are crucial considerations that must be thought about across businesses- and it has to go further than just giving money or ‘offsetting’ the climate impact that the company has. If companies don’t adopt this way of working now, they will soon be falling short of what legislators, investors and consumers expect of them, with far-reaching consequences for their future as well as that of the planet.

      1. British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Philippa Cornish's comment 04 Feb 2022

        Thank you for the answer. I would like to ask you a question. Do you expect that these problems will be resolved? If not, what problems do you think we will face in the future?? Can it be solved??

  • British Council.jpg enterprising_technology | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    My question is, can large companies participate with small companies in their work and take their opinion? Because I think that they have ideas that will benefit society.

    1. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      enterprising_technology's comment 03 Feb 2022

      - Yes absolutely! At CAF we believe that working together and collaborating across sectors and borders can help to promote social progress. Partnering with other organisations can encourage participation and innovation, building capacity to have an even bigger impact. To give an example, in response to Covid-19, at CAF we have a programme with the insurance sector and the UK Government to grant more than £100m to help charities across the UK continue to deliver services during the pandemic and adapt to thrive in the long term. Lots of different insurance companies made donations into the same pot and so the impact could be greater. Do you have an idea for a good partnership?

  • British Council.jpg independent_technology | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    My question is (why the big companies themselves do not donate to the poor and needy or support small projects??!)
    [It is not necessary to donate to institutions, they can donate to those in need directly, and the word “needy” means only poor..!]

    1. British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      independent_technology's comment 30 Jan 2022

      I agree with you. When a large company donates to a charitable organization, before and then this association benefits from the amount, the poor will not benefit from these donations as required, and also sometimes these associations are not honest and steal the money donated by major companies, so I think that companies should donate The major or any donor to the needy himself, why do we put people between us and they may be liars.

  • British Council.jpg aware_painting | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    Do you think that corporate donations to charitable causes fall under humanitarian action without hidden, undeclared gains????? Are the donations made by companies equal or less if they pay taxes, or is it an escape from taxes under the name of a social human??

  • British Council.jpg steadfast_woodpecker | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    My question is: Why do most companies prefer to donate to charities rather than pay taxes? How important is corporate philanthropy to non-profit organizations?

  • British Council.jpg poetic_attention | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    I have a question, should money be paid by major companies to mitigate the damage caused to the environment? Is it safe over time? The same thing has been repeated?

  • British Council.jpg capable_seal | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    13 Jan 2022

    I want to ask Philippa a question:
    Does donating to charities help to provide free publicity for the company and help in attracting citizens.

    1. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      capable_seal's comment 03 Feb 2022

      Thank you for the question! Yes, a responsible business can help to create ‘positive brand awareness’- so customers want to buy your products, employees want to work for you, and partners want to work with you. But nowadays it’s about going further than that. Would you prioritise working for a company that was socially responsible?

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Jan 2022

    Do you think that it is possible for the company to become the basis of the future and that will work to give the world another perspective on the Corona virus and climate change??

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Jan 2022

    Is the injustice that is happening in China and Qatar that companies can help prevent? and how?

  • British Council.jpg supportive_literature | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    16 Jan 2022

    Well, companies should participate, but do you think that the amount that one company will provide will make the difference???.

  • British Council.jpg genuine_memory | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Jan 2022

    The method is to give the company donations to charities to improve the physical and social well-being. Corporate philanthropy refers to actions companies take to help the community. It also builds team spirit. Corporate donations to charities give back to the community. Corporate donations can also help reduce the burden on government authorities. To solve humanitarian problems, small donations from companies can change people's lives.

  • British Council.jpg caring_personality | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Jan 2022

    How did these companies contribute to helping people in all areas, and how can people give them back what they have given?

  • British Council.jpg radical_beetle | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Jan 2022

    Since companies are a major part of helping in the fight against unemployment in the world because they need employees, and they are also a large part of the pillars of society, and that they must pay taxes, should they donate more than 5% of their profits??

  • British Council.jpg articulate_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Jan 2022

    Should charities be exempted and not taxed?

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Jan 2022

    My question is do the actions and actions of companies have an impact on our lives??

    1. philippa.jpg EXPERT: Philippa Cornish
      appreciative_pear's comment 03 Feb 2022

      Companies can be a real source for good – they often have international knowledge and operations, defined skills and engaged and generous workforces that want to help make the world a better place. ‘Impact’ and how to measure it and report on it is a popular debate at the moment. In order to understand the effect that ‘corporate responsibility’ is having on internal culture and the wider world, then companies need to measure it.
      One thing we talk about a lot is bravery. Whatever approach they take, company leaders must have the bravery to do something.

  • British Council.jpg poetic_attention | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Jan 2022

    My question is how can we make groups of people donate to associations, and what is the method that you think has attracted people to donate? Is charities established through a humanitarian situation that someone sees and claims to help others, or has awareness become widespread in our time?

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Jan 2022

    After 2021, should countries with large corporations pay more than originally agreed for climate change mitigation and adaptation in low-income countries??!

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Jan 2022

    Should a body at the UN level have the powers to carry out studies that evaluate the adequacy and fairness of work in companies in countries??!

    1. avatar.jpg Natalie @ Arup
      wondrous_flight's comment 08 Feb 2022

      That is a good question. I believe that organisations like the Economist, International Labour Organisation (ILO) and World Economic Forum (WEF) for example all carry out studies looking at working conditions and practices internationally. It might be worth doing some research into studies by these companies if this is something that interests you!

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Jan 2022

    Do you think that global perspectives will be usefully used for political decision-making regarding how to do equity among the largest global companies??!

  • British Council.jpg wondrous_flight | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    20 Jan 2022

    In your opinion, what should global efforts (international companies) focus on in the coming decades??!

    1. avatar.jpg Natalie @ Arup
      wondrous_flight's comment 08 Feb 2022

      Great question. Personally I would say COVID-19 recovery, climate change and addressing inequalities, but this can change so quickly depending on the geopolitical situation. What would you say should be the priorities for the coming years?

  • British Council.jpg creative_chicken | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Jan 2022

    My question is, do large companies work on charitable work in order to remain among the big companies and not lose people's love for this company, and I have another question, do these companies donate openly or secretly

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg loyal_beetle | Boutcher C of E Primary School A | United Kingdom
    27 Jan 2022

    How do you keep in contact with big corporations like Sainsburys?

  • British Council.jpg articulate_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    29 Jan 2022

    Do you think there is success when you help the poor and charities?Is this feeling clear in a way that gives you confidence in your private companies?

  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Jan 2022

    Do you think if big companies donate to charities, will they continue with this thing or just to draw attention??? And I think that if she donates more money than she needs, she will not lose anything, do you agree with me???

  • British Council.jpg unassuming_tamarillo | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Jan 2022

    I have a question from a long time ago, where do the donations go and are they all donated to the poor? I don’t mean only the donations of major companies. The donations in general do all of them benefit the poor, or do charities also take from them, for example, the Abu Fella campaign, through which he harvested 11 million dollars, but when The government and the major companies took it. They said that they would take half of the 5.5 million dollars for the employees of charitable organizations. Is this behavior correct and does the employees of the charitable organizations deserve to benefit from people’s donations? If they say that it is a good deed, why do they dispose of the money for donations?

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg precious_rainforest | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    03 Feb 2022

    I have 1 question and it is:
    Do you believe that big corporations donate to charity as much as they give to employees?

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      precious_rainforest's comment 03 Feb 2022

      What's your opinion about this, precious_rainforest? Should they?

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg precious_rainforest | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    03 Feb 2022

    I believe they should. Charities deserve the same amount because they help citizens in need and employees also deserve money. After all, they worked hard for it.

  • British Council.jpg confident_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    28 Feb 2022

    My question is, do the big companies provide assistance to charities? Do you contribute to helping the poor and needy? Or that it does not care about them and does not even provide an amount of money to them, why don't large companies make an amount of profits that they provide to associations on a monthly basis? Or why not take a group of young people from charities, educate them and sponsor them?

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