Giving

We make a positive difference in the lives of our people,
our clients, and our society.

Our vision is to use economics for the good of humanity.
We do this by making a positive difference in the lives of our people, our clients, and our society.

Our values:

💚Learn, grown and flourish together 
Our people are of paramount importance. We believe in creating an environment where people can learn, grow, and flourish together as a team.

💚Deliver results ​and delight clients​ 
Our clients deserve outstanding services that are not only enriching and enjoyable, but ultimately deliver the results they need.

💚Improve lives and build a better world​ 
Our society is at the heart of everything we do, and we work towards making the world a better place.

We support and encourage our people to give back to causes close to their hearts by matching any donations and offering 4 days of paid volunteering leave per year. We empower them to follow their passions and apply their expertise and skills to charitable causes. From community based volunteering to collaborations with international NGOs – our people have contributed in uniquely diverse ways.

We have a long way to go to achieve our vision, but we are on the right path. 

FIECONites on bikes

On Saturday 16th July 2022, 6 FIECONites cycled 200km OVERNIGHT (yes, overnight!) from London to Dunwich beach in Suffolk in the Dunwich Dynamo charity cycle ride. The work at FIECON often involves launching treatments that help patients with rare diseases, therefore they decided to raise funds and awareness for the following patient advocacy groups who have helped us understand more out the patient journey by contributing to our Patient Perspectives podcasts:

  • FOP Friends
  • Dravet Syndrome UK
  • Pompe Support Network
  • UKATPA (ATTR amyloidosis Patients Association)

Well done to Emily Allen, Lauren Gray, Indeg Sly, Owen Harrison, Guy Lacey and Andrew Laws for completing such a fantastic challenge and raising over £4,000 (including match funding from FIECON).

 

Ukraine relief donation

At FIECON, our society is at the heart of everything we do, and we work towards making the world a better place. To this end, we donated £75,000 to organisations that will help with humanitarian aid for the people of Ukraine losing their lives, their loved ones, their homes, and enduring separation from their families.

We donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee providing food, water, shelter and medical assistance in Ukraine and in neighbouring countries, and to the 'Give me time' foundation, which helps Ukrainian citizens find accommodation in the homes of Polish families.

Hair today, gone tomorrow!

New Associate, Jianni absolutely smashed his £300 sponsorship target, reaching £1,260 with match funding from FIECON! 
After five very long years, of growing his luscious locks, Jianni decided that rather than letting his dearly loved waves go to waste, he would cut his hair and donate it (roughly 12 inches) to the Little Princess Trust.
The Little Princess Trust is a fantastic charity which does amazing work, providing wigs to childen and young people making their dark times a little lighter. Hair donations are gratefully received but monetary funds are also very important to help with the cost of the wig manufacturing process. Little Princess Trust was thrilled to receive Jianni's hair donation and £1,260. 

Improving lives 2021

FIECON’s core values are the deeply ingrained principles that guide our day to day actions and make FIECON a great place to work:

❤️ Learn, grow and flourish together.
❤️ Deliver results and delight clients.
❤️ Improve lives and build a better world.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, FIECON donated a total of £150,000 split across two charities in 2021, which will bring our charitable giving in 2021 up to ~£160,000.

We decided to support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges. The foundation for these solutions, we believe, starts with education:

  • Teach A Man To Fish: helps young people to gain entrepreneurship and life skills through practical experience: planning, leading and running a real business in their school. Over the past 16 years just over 438,000 young people have gained life skills, business knowledge and confidence from participating in the School Enterprise Challenge run by TAMTF. With our donation, we will help expand their reach to 60 schools in poor communities in Honduras and Uganda.

  • The Akanksha Foundation: offers free-schooling in India via a lottery-based admission process to ensure equitable access to education for ALL children irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds.
    The schooling offered by Akanksha is not state run, and boasts higher education and employment statistics for their pupils that pale in comparison to state led counterparts (e.g. 95% of the alumni continue college post their graduation from Akanksha schools versus the State average of 68%). With our donation, 200 students will be supported in 2022.

    Our belief is that if education is invested in and improved across the world, this should in principle be the building block for addressing poverty, health, inequality, climate change and many other world issues we face today and for the foreseeable future. We are all very proud to be part of an organisation that gives back, and actively encourage our people to do the same.

Step out for Crisis

This challenge was devised by Associate, Emily Allen as a little bit of extra motivation for the team to get moving, get outdoors, and make the most of our surroundings while perhaps taking a moment or two to reflect on the charity we were donating to, Crisis.

We are all incredibly lucky to be able to go outside for exercise, and then return to our lovely warm and safe homes; far too many people are homeless and without the means to change their situation.

This was a 10-day challenge from 8th to 17th October 2021, to record as many steps as possible, with a prize for the person who achieved the most steps overall.

All challengers donated £10 to Crisis which was then match funded by FIECON. A total of £618 was donated to Crisis.

The challenge winner was Will Wright with 194,080 steps including 33,487 in one day!

Better together

After the success of ‘Easier said than run’ and ‘Locked In? Workout!’ (and the continued restrictions imposed by COVID-19) Associate, Emily Allen devised another team challenge: ‘Better together’!

The aim of ‘Better together' was to try and connect Team FIECON as we all worked remotely. As Lockdown can be very lonely for some people, we decided to make donations to Samaritans and make the challenge to cover the distance needed as a team to virtually ‘bring' all FIECONites that lived >30 km away from our London office back to London e.g., Our Head of Business Development, Karl Freemyer, based in New Jersey ~3,459 miles/5,567km away.

Any activity that had a km- or mile-based setting was applicable e.g., walking, running, cycling, bike/row/ski ergs, treadmills, steppers, or cross-trainers. If it recorded a distance, it was allowed!

We did it! We managed to cover the total distance needed to virtually 'bring' all of our team back to the London office including Karl in the USA on 14th June 2021!

All participants donated £10 to Samaritans which was then match funded by FIECON. A total of £830 was donated to Samaritans.

Individual challenge winners won prizes too.

  • Walking: Katie Breslin
  • Running: Sareena Bains
  • Cycling: Owen Harrison

Locked In? Workout!

Team FIECON take on challenges and sponsored events which are match funded by FIECON every year.

At the beginning of 2021, the UK went back into lockdown, and everyone had to work from home again.

Following on from the success of ‘Easier said than run’, ‘Locked In? Workout!’ was devised by Associate Emily Allen. Random teams of 3 people were created who then had to try to hit the goal of 2021 minutes’ worth of activity from 5th January to 21st February 2021.

All participants donated £10 to Papyrus (Prevention of young suicide), Hope for Children, Refuge or Motor Neurone Disease Association, which was then match funded by FIECON. £1,100 was donated across the four charities.

 

 

Easier said than run!

In November 2020, the UK went back into lockdown, and everyone had to work from home again. To try and help relieve lockdown boredom, a remote charity event: ‘Easier said than run’ was created by FIECON Associate, Alex Eddy.

‘Easier said than run’ was a team challenge with the goal of completing as many kilometres as possible of any exercise (running, walking, cycling, and swimming) in teams over the course of 3 weeks. Strava was used to track activities, share photos, and make encouraging comments to keep everyone motivated. The activities were weighted to make the total team distances comparable, whatever the exercise.

All participants donated £10 to Movember and/or Mountbatten Hospice Isle of Wight, which was then match funded by FIECON. £1,000 was donated to Movember and £480 to Mountbatten Hospice.

The winning team with the longest distance covered were Augusta, Guy, Jenika, Kate, Katie and Natalie who all received Amazon vouchers as prizes too!

Natalie and Kate Welwyn 21km walk

Natalie and Kate, Welwyn Garden City 21km Centenary Walk

Supporting those who need it most 2020

In December 2020, FIECON donated £50,000, over five charities, to help them continue to provide their vital services to a wide range of people most affected by COVID-19, and who need additional support at this time:

• Crisis: help homeless people by providing emotional and wellbeing support, nutritious meals, and a safe place to stay.

• Samaritans: provide support and respond to calls for help, via their mental health and suicide prevention helplines 24/7.

• Age UK: support older people who need additional assistance especially during lockdown and who may be unable to spend Christmas with their loved ones.

• Refuge: provide lifesaving services to those where home is not a safe space. Staying at home increases the risk of domestic abuse for thousands of women and children.

The Trussell Trust: supports a nationwide network of food banks to provide emergency food and assistance to people locked in poverty or suffering financial hardship.

We are thankful to everyone working in the community and on the frontlines, helping vulnerable people.

Together, by providing support for those who need it most, we hope to ease the burden in these challenging times.

Together we will beat this deadly disease!

Our vision has, and always will be, to use economics for the good of humanity.

Now, more than ever, we must do all we can to care for the people most affected by the pandemic.

During the first National lockdown 2020, FIECON donated £40,000 to four charities, who are providing vital services during these extremely challenging times.

  • NHS Charities together which supports the NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients

  • The Trussell Trust which runs a nationwide network of food banks

  • Age UK which supplies vital information, advice and services to safely help vulnerable, older people

  • Refuge which provides specialist services to survivors of domestic violence, and other forms of violence against women and children

    We thank everyone in the community and on the frontlines supporting those in need.

    Together we will beat this deadly disease!

Improving lives 2019

In 2019, FIECON donated over £26,000 to Teach a Man to Fish, a charity guided by a simple, all-encompassing mission: to empower young people with the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. They focus on developing and emerging countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa and Central America.
Their flagship programme, the School Enterprise Challenge, helps young people to gain entrepreneurship and life skills through experience: planning, leading and running a real business in their school.

FIECON's donation covered two stages of training in business planning and business implementation for two lead teachers per school; a full suite of step-by-step educational resources for each school; ongoing support with visits; regular calls and SMS communication with students; an annual award; prize-giving and marketplace event to celebrate students’ achievements and the monitoring; evaluation and learning for the project.

N.B. In 2018, 98% of all Teach a Man to Fish income was spent on charitable activities. 

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

 

Improving lives 2019

In 2019, FIECON donated over £26,000 to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donation was allocated for distribution in Bogose Nubea Heath Zone, Sud Ubangi Province, and will fund 15,068 long-lasting insecticidal nets that will protect an estimated 15,000 people. By FIECON’s calculations, this donation will save up to 15 lives.

The Against Malaria Foundation is a charity that provides funding to purchase and distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to populations at high risk of malaria; 40% of the world’s population lives in areas affected by malaria and something as simple as a mosquito net can go a long way.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Find out more about our donations

Improving lives 2019

In 2019, FIECON donated over £26,000 to GiveDirectly.
The donation will send money directly to people living in extreme poverty, which significantly improves their lives by giving people the means to provide for their families.

GiveDirectly are a top rated charity recommended by GiveWell, a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities through in-depth analyses. They have a rigorous procedure to locate extremely poor communities by targeting the most suitable recipients using publicly available information, conducting full audits before transferring funds and finally monitoring the use of all monies sent.

GiveDirectly manage transfers end-to-end using electronic monitoring and payment technology leading to delivery of 88% of each dollar raised being sent directly to the needy recipients. They use survey technology to collect and share real-time updates and stories in this live newsfeed.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Find out more about our donations

Easter party

FIECON support and encourage our team to give back by match funding sponsorship, offering 4 days of paid volunteering leave and holding a companywide charity event every year. On 21st March 2019 we threw a party for Armoral Hill day centre members and their volunteers, decorating a hall, preparing, cooking and serving a two-course hot lunch and running a raffle. At the end of the party everyone was presented with daffodils and a piece of cake to take home too.

Armoral Hill Day Centre is run by volunteers, who provide a weekly opportunity for older people to socialise, participate in activities and enjoy lunch together. Half a million older people go at least 5 or 6 days a week without seeing or speaking to anyone.

I'm a winner Armoral Hill Easter lunch 21 March raffle

Improving lives 2018

In 2018, FIECON donated £33,573 to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donation will fund 25,881 long-lasting insecticidal nets in the Democratic Republic of Congo that will protect an estimated 46,586 people. By FIECON’s calculations, this donation will save up to 22 lives.

The Against Malaria Foundation is a charity that provides funding to purchase and distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to populations at high risk of malaria; 40% of the world’s population lives in areas affected by malaria and something as simple as a mosquito net can go a long way.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Find out more about our donations

Improving lives 2018

In 2018, FIECON also donated £11,191 to GiveDirectly. The donation will send money directly to people living in extreme poverty, which significantly improves their lives by giving people the means to provide for their families.
To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Improving lives 2017

In 2017, FIECON donated £30,990 to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donation was allocated to a specific distribution in Ghana, and will fund 21,252 long-lasting insecticidal nets that will protect an estimated 38,254 people. By FIECON’s calculations, this donation will save up to 20 lives.

The Against Malaria Foundation is a charity that provides funding to purchase and distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to populations at high risk of malaria; 40% of the world’s population lives in areas affected by malaria and something as simple as a mosquito net can go a long way.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Find out more about our donations

Improving lives 2016

In 2016, FIECON donated £11,485 to the Against Malaria Foundation. The donation was allocated to a specific distribution in Ghana, and will fund 8,002 long-lasting insecticidal nets that will protect an estimated 14,404 people. By FIECON’s calculations, this donation will save up to 7 lives.

The Against Malaria Foundation is a charity that provides funding to purchase and distribute long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets to populations at high risk of malaria; 40% of the world’s population lives in areas affected by malaria and something as simple as a mosquito net can go a long way.

To contribute to improving lives and building a better world, we support charities that seek sustainable solutions to our world’s most pressing challenges.

Find out more about our donations

Volunteering days at Earthworks

Romita Das, senior manager, HEOR and Access is passionate about health economics, but also equally passionate about making a difference! 

Romita spends her FIECON charity days with Earthworks - a St Albans registered charity that offers trainees, often with learning disabilities, or mental health issues, work experience and training in horticultural and land-based skills.

Find out more about the work Romita and others do at Earthworks. 

Earthwork

FIECON audit GiveWell’s #1 charity

One of our talented Associates, Lydia Walder, completed an independent audit of GiveWell's recommendation that the Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) is their #1 ranked charity in terms of its clinical evidence, cost-effectiveness and transparency.

As part of the audit, Lydia developed an independent cost-effectiveness analysis, comparing long-lasting insecticide bed nets with untreated bed nets, and no nets in suburban populations. The results confirmed GiveWell's conclusions, that the use of long-lasting insecticide bed nets in high risk malarias areas is an extremely cost-effective way to donate money.


GiveWell is a non-profit organisation dedicated to finding outstanding giving opportunities through in-depth analyses. FIECON appreciate GiveWell's cause and hope our audit will provide assurances that the AMF is a cost-effective charity to invest in.


Find out more about our audit for GiveWell