Community engagement

Our commitment

The Financial Times (FT) is committed to being part of and contributing to the communities where it operates. We support global projects, local initiatives and causes that matter to our employees and readers.

Charity partners and volunteering opportunities include:

MSF UK, 2016 seasonal appeal partner

Our 2016 seasonal appeal partner is MSF UK. FT employees support our seasonal appeal partner through their own fundraising initiatives, both inside and outside the workplace.

Code Club, London

FT Code Club was set up by the FT’s Technology team and pairs FT employees with two local schools to encourage students to learn the basics of programming and have fun at the same time. Read the blog post to learn more.

Social Mobility Foundation work experience at the FT

We partner with the Social Mobility Foundation to host work experience students from disadvantaged backgrounds at the FT for a week at a time. The programme includes specific tasks and the opportunity to work with our award-winning journalists.

Mentoring at Harris Academy Bermondsey, London

The HBA mentor scheme pairs executives from the FT with students to help them thrive in subjects for their GCSEs. FT employees help and encourage students to develop their self confidence and self esteem and improve their career prospects.

Prince’s Trust mentoring programme

FT employees can mentor a young person during a two week work placement in London. Over thirty young people have benefited from the FT work experience programme to date.

Deutsche Bank FT Reading Group scheme

Each year students studying A-level Business, Maths or Economics attend sessions at their school led by Deutsche Bank volunteers, who introduce them to the FT, then hold discussions and debates on articles contained within the paper. Students, schools and volunteers receive a free subscription to

University of the Arts London

The Financial Times supports the University of the Arts London (UAL) by offering a bursary scheme to one student a year, accepted on the MA Journalism at the London College of Communication (LCC). Located within London, UAL’s six colleges make up Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university which delivers a diverse range of courses at all levels from foundation and undergraduate to postgraduate and research.

Better Bankside

Better Bankside is the Business Improvement District (BID) surrounding the FT’s London office. Through Better Bankside, FT employees have the opportunity to volunteer to help with the range of services it provides, from mentoring to clearing parks or providing professional skills.

News Literacy Project

The News Literacy Project (NLP) is a national education program in the United States that equips middle school and high school students with the tools to be smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens. FT journalists are invited to volunteer with the program, serving as guest speakers as part of NLP’s curriculum.

Journalism Diversity Fund

The Financial Times is an official sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund, run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. The Fund supports people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds to train as journalists and, working with partners like the FT, helps to ensure diversity is at the top of the agenda throughout our industry.

If you’re interested in becoming an FT community partner, email

Matched funding

When our employees raise money for charity (e.g. by taking part in a fun run) they can ask the FT to match the money they have raised up to a certain value. Money can only be given to registered UK charities.


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