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Charities

Unity Trust Bank supports thousands of charities of all sizes and missions with day-to-day banking services and finance shaped to meet their needs. We have strong links to many charity sector bodies including Charity Law Association and Charity Finance Group which means we understand the environment you work in.

Charity customers, including CIOs and SCIOs, can benefit from internet banking with options of dual and triple authority as recommended by the Charity Commission.

With Unity, banking is made simple and many customers choose us as their main banking provider as we share the same values, have a high level of specialist sector knowledge and are not purely driven by profit.

We are a bank that values social impact as much as financial sustainability and we want our customers to be able to maximise their funds to make a difference to the individuals and communities they serve.

If you’d like to take part in Charity Finance’s 2017 Charity Banking Survey, please complete it here. The deadline for completing the survey is Thursday 23 February 2017. All respondents will receive a copy of the results before they are published in May’s Charity Finance magazine, with one lucky person winning a £100 John Lewis voucher.

Local Councils

Hundreds of parish, community and town councils choose to work with Unity Trust Bank because of our shared social values, our belief in developing local UK communities, our high level of financial expertise and specialist sector knowledge.

We work closely with all of our customers and tailor our products and services to suit their needs. Through customer feedback we have made developments to our Internet Banking service to help you manage your accounts.

Our Internet Banking service is a key feature for our new and existing local council customers as it offers:
• Option of dual or triple authority, requiring multiple signatories to authorise payments
• Range of access levels which you can tailor to suit your needs – a feature developed with feedback from council clerks to recognise the segregation of duties between clerks and councilors

Social Enterprises

We understand the way you work and the sector you work in. We also hold memberships with a number of umbrella bodies including Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise West Midlands and we work closely with a number of regional and local social enterprise bodies.

Many of our social enterprise customers move to us because of our high levels of specialist sector knowledge and are reassured by our double bottom line approach which means we are not purely driven by profits. We only work with organisations that have a clear social output with a positive benefit on their local community.

Co-operatives

We have a close affiliation with the co-operative movement and share in co-operative values of working for the benefit of our communities. This includes:
• Working for our customers – through providing banking and finance which meets their needs and enables social change
• Working to transform local communities – by volunteering for local causes and providing apprenticeships to help local young people into employment
• Working for the benefit of our staff – we run an Employee Share Ownership Scheme where all members of staff with over one year’s service can share in our future success

At this year’s Coop Congress Unity sponsored the ‘What-if pitches’ offering to invest money and mentor support to the co-operative with the best pitches. In February 2014, together with Midcounties Co-operative and the Phone Co-op, we became pioneers of the Fair Tax Mark.

Membership & voluntary organisations

Unity Trust Bank welcomes all sizes of membership and voluntary organisations. Whether you are a club, society or a local community group, our banking solution is suitable for you. Not only will you be working with a bank that has a social conscience and is not purely driven by profit, but you will also get the added benefit of our high level of specialist sector knowledge.

We bank and work with a number of umbrella organisations for membership and voluntary groups including Locality, NAVCA and NCVO, which helps us to fully understand the nature of your sector, and the opportunities and challenges which you face.

Please note: Any Sports Clubs that wish to bank with Unity will need to be registered with either: Charity Commission, Companies House or as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) with HMRC.

Credit Unions

Unity is the bank for credit unions as we bank approximately 33% of all credit unions in the UK. Working closely with our credit union customers we support their aims to make finance accessible and effective for all, challenging financial and social exclusion.