Under the Jump programme, BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation is to provide financial and other support over a three-year period to educational and civic projects run by three neighbourhood charities: Amarrage in Braine-l’Alleud, Leerwerkplaats Garage in Borgerhout and Solidarcité in Anderlecht.
The work of these charities mainly consists in helping young people who have dropped out to get involved in a community that interests them. To help them get back on track, the organisations provide ways of combating failure at school, enhancing their learning experience, developing their civic responsibility towards the more deprived people in society, and making them aware that they themselves must play the major role in ensuring their own independence and their ability to live and work in society.
The BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation-sponsored Jump programme started up in 2011 with three pilot projects: SOS Jeunes Quartier Libre in Brussels, La Chaloupe in the Brabant Wallon region and Oranjehuis in Heule near Kortrijk. Three years on, the Jump approach has proved its efficacy.
The Foundation now plans to support three more charitable organisations. Projects run by the Amarrage, Leerwerkplaats Garage and Solidarcité organisations will each receive a grant totalling €60,000 over three years.
The Foundation has set a clear policy of providing long-term assistance to charity organisations following an assessment carried out this year of our approach to supporting charities since 2010 and the practical impact this has had on children and young people facing difficult circumstances.
“Our assessment highlighted the need to forge real partnerships with these charities,” explained BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation’s General Manager, Anne-France Simon, adding:
“Going forward, the beneficiaries of our Jump programme will be organisations that we have already supported financially in the past. We’ll be working closely with them as they outline their projects, including helping them to draw up a business plan and set key performance indicators. We also provide regular follow-up. In addition, more and more Bank staff are becoming involved. So we will no longer be offering assistance on an ad hoc basis, but providing comprehensive, sustained support to projects to ensure that long-term solutions are put in place for youngsters in difficult circumstances.
Jump adds an extra dimension over and above the more traditional grant aid formats by encouraging the young beneficiaries to develop a sense of citizenship and service to the community through involvement in social and civic works.
This means that the Foundation’s Jump programme is really rooted in the local community, serving as a powerful means of building bridges between the worlds of banking and charity work,” she underlined.
The organisations which are beneficiaries of the 2014-2016 Jump programme have already received support from the Foundation in the past in the form of a financial Award. They are included on a dynamic map which lists the hundreds of organisations that BNP Paribas Fortis Foundation has supported since 2010 – in Dutch – in French.