Corporate Responsibility in Ireland
J.P. Morgan is committed to building vibrant communities, preserving our environment and promoting an inclusive culture across the globe that benefits people not only today, but for generations to come.
Globally, J.P. Morgan, through the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, makes philanthropic investments in cities where it has major operations, assisting those suffering disadvantage to help them build better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. Across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the firm focuses its investment and attention on three pillars: Economic Development, Financial Empowerment and Workforce Readiness. Across Ireland our commitments include:
- Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI)
- The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC)
- Dublin City University Educational Trust (DCU)
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland
Social Entrepreneurs Ireland (SEI) founded in 2005 was the first, and is now the largest, organization in Ireland to explicitly focus on and promote social entrepreneurship. J.P. Morgan is supporting SEI’s Social Impact Programme, helping to boost high potential social entrepreneurs who require a phase of intense intervention in order to overcome barriers to scale. All organisations have a high focus on employment creation and skill development.
Previous J.P. Morgan funding enabled SEI to develop the Organisational Capacity Measurement Programme (OCAP) and to successfully conduct the measurement and evaluation of two social enterprises: Fledglings Early Years Education & Care, a not-for-profit social franchise which trains, supports and mentors early years educators to set up their own affordable child-care services and Bridge21, a programme which delivers a dynamic learning experience for young people.
The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee (CDVEC)
CDVEC has been at the forefront of educational innovation in Ireland and believes that education should be available and accessible by all. The Committee delivers a range of mainstream and non-mainstream programmes through 22 schools and colleges throughout the country as well as innovative support for adults and out-of-school young people, addressing disadvantage and social exclusion.
Youthreach is a joint education initiative between the Department of Education & Skills and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation that has been specifically designed for young people ages 15-20 who have left school early with either poor or no academic qualifications. Funding from J.P. Morgan in 2010 together with an active employee engagement programme, established the Tomorrow’s Work programme, which aimed to raise the employability of young people engaged with Youthreach. This programme was successfully piloted in three Youthreach Centres located in the North-Inner City of Dublin and a web-based evaluation tool was also developed (the ‘Youthreach Profiler’) which assesses students’ academic ability, future employability, gaps in skills and barriers to employment. A further donation in 2013 will implement the programme into a further seven Youthreach Centres in Dublin City, supporting approximately 600 young people and 30 staff, as well as expanding the web-based evaluation tool into a suite of assessment tools for all adult learners (the ‘Further Education and Training Profiler’).
Dublin City University Educational Trust (DCU)
Following an extensive consultation process, DCU launched a new Strategic Plan “Transforming Lives and Societies”, in September 2012. This ambitious plan outlined pioneering initiatives in education, research and innovation, important new partnerships and alliances and a commitment to optimize the learning and personal development of every DCU student. DCU’s vision is that by 2017, they will be recognised internationally as a research-intensive, globally engaged University of Enterprise that is distinguished both by the quality and impact of its graduates and its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit.
Through a partnership with J.P. Morgan, DCU is developing and implementing the first student entrepreneurship programme in Ireland. USTART is a unique and innovative programme, designed to provide students with a holistic system of support to realise their entrepreneurial potential. It was launched by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton TD in January 2013 and 11,000 DCU students were informed of the initiative, resulting in applications from all faculties in the university. Seven teams have been selected to participate in the inaugural student start-up accelerator and throughout the 16-week programme, each team receives intensive mentoring and support and a package of benefits to develop their enterprises (including €10,000 seed funding, residential accommodation, office space and services at the new DCU Innovation Campus). The USTART accelerator programme will conclude with a presentation by the student teams to an audience of potential investors, sponsors, agency executives, and the DCU community.