Basis.point is the charity of the Irish funds industry and its wider ecosystem. The charity was set up in 2014, with the ambition to give every child in Ireland equal access to a brighter future through education. Founded on the idea of joined up giving, basis.point is a unique example of industry colleagues putting their time, energy and resources together, to combat one single issue, educational disadvantage.
Funding for our programmes comes from the donations of our growing community of Corporate and Individual Patrons and Supporters. Thanks to their ongoing generosity, basis.point has committed €3 million to multi-year evidence based educational programmes.
We work with inspirational educators from established charity partners, delivering programmes to meet the needs of children from educationally disadvantaged communities. Our range of programmes focus not simply on the nuts and bolts of literacy and numeracy, but also on tackling the peripheral soft skills such as self-esteem, confidence, willingness to engage with authority and resilience.
We currently collaborate with seven educational charity partners in key focus areas:
- Archways and Early Learning Initiative, providing safe and encouraging pre-school and early learning environments.
- Suas and TUDublin, supporting their needs in primary and junior cycle education.
- Foroige, Teen Turn and Business in the Community, providing mentoring and stimulating opportunities.
OUR COLLECTIVE IMPACT
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For disadvantaged children living in Ireland - Education is everything. It can be the difference between a lifetime of chasing their potential and a lifetime of poverty.
For children living in disadvantage in Ireland things can be very difficult. Battling with unstable family circumstances, often intergenerational unemployment, addiction issues, street violence, drug and gang culture, life was challenging enough - then with the Pandemic many of their safe spaces were taken from them – school, youth clubs, breakfast clubs and youth services – all shut down. Our most marginalised children suffered in silence 3 in 10 children in Ireland live in poverty, with thousands of homeless children living in hotels, hostels, homeless hubs and direct provision centres.
Since 2016, basis.point has impacted the lives of over 20,000 children and young adults coming from challenging home environments by pledging over €3million toward evidenced based programmes designed to keep these children in education. Those working with the children note that mental health is the key issue arising out of the Covid 19 pandemic. The knock on effect is that young people’s resilience, motivation and ambitions have faded away or disappeared utterly. At basis.point we have pledged to work with our partners to put in place programmes to support and help re-build this generation before they are lost.
A Global, Virtual, Family Fun Run Supporting Youth Charities Around the World
Since 2009, RBC Race for the Kids has grown to an exciting series of 17 charitable Races taking around the world, supporting kids and youth-focused causes. In total, 290,000+ participants have raised more than C$65 million.
In 2020, the series of in-person Races couldn’t happen so we pivoted to a global, virtual RBC Race for the Kids to continue raising much-needed funds for our charity partners. Last year, over 33,000 participants from 120+ countries raised more than C$8.8 million!
Join us and participants from all around the globe to raise awareness and support for our 35 charity partners in 19 countries – and the young people they help during this challenging time.
Our mission is to create an Ireland where every child, no matter their background, has the chance to reach their potential through education.
An education is a child’s passport to a healthier future. An education opens up a path to better choice, more opportunities, enhanced personal development, stronger relationships, a chance at better career paths but most of all better physical and mental health.
Support brighter futures for children through education
The additional funds raised through the RBC Race for kids will finance a new Student Wellbeing Programme. The programme will provide an extensive programme of supports and activities to all incoming first years in 14 DEIS schools.
Students will engage in a programme that builds
- leadership skills,
- emotional and mental resilience and
- positive wellbeing.
Many parents also find it difficult to engage with their teenage children in the early teenage years along with difficulty in coping with the changes that come from entering the secondary school system. The programme will also provide a series of workshops to parents to support their children through these transitions to include
- transitioning to secondary school
- a guide for parents
- communication & relationship building.