The European Venture Philanthropy Association promotes venture philanthropy initiatives across Europe

Big Brothers Big Sisters Deutschland provides one-to-one mentoring of disadvantaged young people using trained volunteers

Impetus is a venture philanthropy organisation which provides a package of grants and support to non-profit organisations focused on breaking the cycle of poverty

Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charity for children which provides free days out at Merlin attractions for ill, disabled or disadvantaged young people

Street League use the power of football to get the most disadvantaged young people into work, education or training

Jumpstart is a national organisation using trained volunteers to deliver an early education programme to preschool children in low-income neighbourhoods

Fundraising Events

CVC staff regularly undertake a variety of fundraising events.

Street league
13 Feb 2015
Challenge Victory Cup 2015 in aid of Street League

For the fourth year running, CVC staff members organised a highly successful 5-a-side football tournament for charity partner, Street League.

The tournament was marked by special guest appearances from ex-Arsenal and England defender Lee Dixon, and Street League ambassador Max Rushden. Read more

Street life 2Twenty companies took part in the 5-a-side tournament where they were ‘twinned’ with a graduate from the Street League Academy. 

The graduates aged 16 to 25, had all completed the charity’s 10-week football and education programme which develops key employability skills such as communication and teamwork, and offers several nationally-recognised qualifications.
Both Lee and Max chatted with the participants between games, and were on hand to present the trophy to the winning team.

The tournament raised £100,000 which will be split evenly between funding the London Academies and Street League's Employer Engagement function. The Employer Engagement team provide aftercare support, work placements and traineeships for young people on the Academy programme.

Street league 4One of those ‘twinned’ was Street League graduate Tolu, who attended the South London Academy in May 2014. To an audience of nearly 200 people, the 21 year-old gave a short speech about the impact Street League has had on his life. “I had been claiming Job Seekers Allowance and wasn’t going anywhere with my life, but being on the Academy changed all of that. Street League helped me get onto a work placement with Premier Inn and now I am working full-time for the company. I’m in a really good place and I love my job. Hopefully coming back to events like this and talking to other Street League graduates will help inspire them to keep working hard. Having a job, or just knowing that you’re progressing and heading in the right direction means you’re moving forward, and gives you the confidence to keep going.”

An exciting tournament which resulted with the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer team defeating Latham and Watkins in the final of the Cup competition, while CVC Capital Partners beat PwC to win the Plate competition.

For further information about Street League please visit:

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industry triathlon for Impetus PEF
13 Sep 2014
“Team CVC” participates in the inaugural Private Equity industry triathlon for Impetus-PEF

Saturday 13th September marked the first ever industry triathlon in support of Impetus-PEF.  Among a competitive peer group of 350 participants across the different events including BC Partners, KKR, Apax and TPG, overall CVC came out top with Richard Blackburn winning the fastest male sprint distance time (1:03), Gemma Farrell the fastest female sprint distance time (1:17) and CVC winning the fastest team time across the sprint distance! Read more

Having helped design, promote and execute the event, along with presence on the podium, the team were delighted that to date the fundraising total for the industry charity, Impetus-PEF has exceeded £100k!

Every pound raised from the event will support Impetus’s portfolio of high-potential charities supporting disadvantaged young people, giving them an opportunity to thrive in education and employment.

For the official event write up and results please click here.

New York Peddle
29 May 2014
CVC New York Peddle Hard for Charity

On the 29th May 2014, 59 individuals took to the saddle cycling 100 miles in New York for charity! Read more

31 CVC employees, along with 28 individuals from the CVC's advisory network participated in the 2nd annual CVC charity bike ride which raised over $75,000 for three charities supported by the CVC Foundation, Venture For America, Jumpstart and Youth, I.N.C.

Everyone who attended very much enjoyed the day which ended with a well deserved celebratory event for participants and family.

2013 Annual Challenge Victory Cup for Street League
24 Oct 2013
2013 Annual Challenge Victory Cup for Street League

On 24th October 2013 and for the third consecutive year CVC staff members organised a highly successful 6-a-side football tournament at the London Soccerdome for charity partner, Street League. Read more

24 teams took part and more than 250 people attended the event along with Former Premier League footballer Leon McKenzie.

The tournament was also kindly supported by Barclays, who supplied the Premier League Trophy for the evening, Britvic, who provided energy drinks, and Virgin Active, who provided warm-up activities for the players.

The total money raised on the night was over £90,000, which will have a tremendous impact on the work the charity does.  Out of 864 young people who took part in the Street League Academy programmes between April 2012 and March 2013  - 81% of graduates progressed into work, education or training.  Your money will enable Street League to run eight Academies in London and the North East throughout 2014 - that's around 160 unemployed young people.

2012 Annual Challenge Victory Cup for Street League
28 Jun 2013
20:20 Challenge

One of the key highlights of 2013 saw CVC celebrate its 20th anniversary since the buy-out from Citicorp. Read more

On 28 June 2013, the Group embarked on a '20:20' (20 years:20 offices) global Charity Challenge across the entire office network to mark this milestone and raised a targeted €1 million for local charities benefitting disadvantaged children and young people across the world.

In total, through the help of its close suppliers, we managed to beat this target and raise over €1.5 million for charity. The money raised is being used to scale up support and donations to existing CVC charities and to develop the philanthropy programme across the office network.

20:20 Charity Challenge highlights

  • 17 countries
  • 806 participants
  • 7,456 miles completed: running, walking, cycling, swimming and sometimes all four!
  • €1,500,000 raised for the CVC Foundation and employee-nominated charities


2020 Challenge
18 Oct 2012
2012 Annual Challenge Victory Cup for Street League

On 18th October 2012, a number of colleagues from the CVC London office organised and participated in the Challenge Victory Cup charity football tournament at the London Soccerdome for its charity partner, Street League. Read more

After four hours of play against the most talented bankers, lawyers and accountants the City of London has to offer, team CVC defeated Clifford Chance in a nerve jangling final to take home the silverware.

Over 300 players and supporters attended the evening and were treated not only to some high quality (and not so high quality) football skills, but also to the experience of meeting England legends Sol Campbell and Ray Wilkins, who were incredibly generous with their time.  Over £75,000 was raised for Street League and the proceeds will be used to fund two academies in London for an entire year, giving 160 unemployed young people from very challenging backgrounds the chance to attend and hone their skills.

CVC Wins Right to Play World Cup Challenge
15 May 2012
CVC Wins Right to Play World Cup Challenge

The sixth Right To Play World Cup Challenge saw twenty teams take  to the field at Stamford Bridge on the 15th May. Read more

Led by captain Hugh Briggs, CVC's team played consistently well throughout the day and stiff competition right up to the final against UBS made for an exciting tournament with CVC winning the Cup with a score of 3:2 on penalties.  The World Cup Challenge event raised a fantastic £120,000 for Right To Play. CVC is delighted to support Right to Play and the work they do in the providing children in the developing world with opportunities to play and enjoy sport in their communities. For more information about Right To Play, click here.

MND Research Project Launch Event
10 May 2012
MND Research Project Launch Event

In partnership with CVC and supported by the Motor Neurones Disease (MND)  team, Barts and The London Charity organised an event on 10th  May 2012 to officially launch the research into MND. Read more

In support of Wayne Sammut , a CVC employee and who has MND, CVC and Wayne's friends and family have spent the last year fundraising £100,000 to support the much needed research into this debilitating disease. Along with a donation from Barts and The London Charity full funding of the £240,000 project has been reached.

This exciting new area of research will look into the role of muscle stem cells in MND progression, to investigate whether this could prove to be a potential target for therapy. Following the recruitment of the researcher the research will commence on 1st September 2012.

Click here to link to the Barts and The London Charity  website and to read press coverage of the event.

CVC  Executives Take on the Alps for Charity
09 May 2012
CVC Executives Take on the Alps for Charity

On 9th May CVC executives Marc Boughton, Mark Grizzelle and Steven Buyse, along with some 60 other cyclists from all walks of life, undertook part of the Dallaglio Flintoff Cycleslam, a charity cycle ride that started in Greece and finished at the Olympic Park in London. Read more

Cycling  483 kilometres and 5,000 metres of ascent over four days, the route took  them from St Moritz in Switzerland to Basel and then finishing in Epinal in the south east of France.  

All three finished, acknowledging that the ride had been tough but  exhilarating . Cycling through conditions ranging from 34c heat to cold and torrential rain, was challenging but  worthwhile as between them they raised over £ 50,000 for charities covering prostrate cancer research, child rehabilitation and physiotherapy and a specialist children's hospital in London. Altogether, the Dallaglio Flintoff cyclists raised in excess of their target of £2,000,0000.

04 Jun 2011

On 4 June 2011, a group of 16 colleagues from CVC's European offices competed against 10,000 others in the Blenheim Triathlon, consisting of a 750m lake swim, a 20km bike ride and a 6km run. Read more

The team were fundraising for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a debilitating disease that affects more than 5,000 people in the UK. To date, the team has raised over £23,000.

For more information on the triathlon, visit

01 Sep 2011
2011 Challenge Victory Cup for Street League

In September 2011, CVC staff members organised a highly successful football tournament at the London Soccerdome for charity partner, Street League. Read more

27 teams took part and more than 250 people attended the event which raised £48,000.

01 Jun 2010

In July 2010, 14 CVC employees across the European network undertook a challenge as part of CVC's philanthropy initiative when they set out to climb Mount Kilimanjaro along the Machame route, Tanzania. Read more

Before the climb, the team visited the Amani Children's Centre, a refuge for street children, and donated a variety of educational equipment to the centre.

In total, CVC raised over US$1 million from service providers, 25 charities and numerous individual donors, raising more than its targeted amount towards Impetus and their own personal charities. The expedition acted as a constructive enterprise for CVC, extending our social responsibility to the wider communities in which we work and focusing those charitable donations we raised.

29 Sep 2015
Team CVC Tri…elites” compete in the this year’s Private Equity Industry Triathlon

On Saturday 12 September Impetus-PEF and in association with the BVCA held its second Private Equity triathlon sponsored by CVC, PwC and Mergermarket in support of the industry charity, Impetus-PEF

Marc Boughton chaired this year’s event, which attracted over 380 individuals and 60 firms competing from the Private Equity and associated financial industries. Read more

15 CVC employees from both the private equity and credit partners businesses competed in this year's event with Richard Blackburn from the UK deal team taking first place, for the second year running, in the Advanced Sprint event.

Fundraising is expected to exceed last year's amount raised of £169,000 which will be used for initiatives that provide educational and employment support to disadvantaged young people in the United Kingdom.

For the official event write up and results please click here.