The UK Charities of the Year (COTY) programme is a two year partnership with small charities.  The programme has raised more than £22.5 million for 26 charities since it was established in 1999 and won numerous awards.

The bank’s partnerships with small charities go beyond fundraising. By enabling the partnership, the programme aims to unlock further value for the charity by helping to build organisational capacity and provide access to in-house resources and expertise that will advance their cause. Our overriding mission for the partnership is to ensure a legacy beyond the partnership.


Charity for 2020-21

For the next partnership year 2020-21, the programme will support just one charity partner, with a focus on mental wellbeing.

Applications to be our partner for 2020-21 are now closed.

Timeline for selection process as follows:

July – August Selection committee will shortlist applicants for interviews
w/c September 16 Shortlisted charity interviews and final shortlist
Early October   Shortlisted charities canvassing and employee vote
w/c November 4 Winning charity to be announced
November – December Planning commences
January 6, 2020 New partnership commences


Charities for 2018-19

This year we are proud to be working with Cure Leukaemia which offers hope to patients with currently incurable forms of blood cancer via potentially life-saving treatments, by funding specialist research nurses, and Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity which exists to brighten up the lives of courageous children in the UK living with a serious or life-limiting illness,  and their families, putting their illnesses on hold and fulfilling their greatest wishes.

2018-2019 Impact so far



What people are saying

„We had always hoped that being a national charity partner of a business the magnitude of Deutsche Bank would be transformational and with a record £1.2m raised in the first 12 months, we will be able to fund more research nurses and, in turn, provide even more patients with access to pioneering new treatments. On behalf of the patients, clinicians and everyone associated with Cure Leukaemia I would like to thank every single member of staff who volunteers, treks, cycles, runs, bakes, quizzes and hacks!“

James McLaughlin – CEO Cure Leukaemia


cureleukemia – the blood cancer charity

„The first year of our partnership with Deutsche Bank has proved to be transformational for Rays of Sunshine. Not only did we exceed our fundraising target, but through the strategic expertise of employees, we have launched the first phase of our new community programme and employed our first ever funded Hospital Play Specialist. We have been overwhelmed by the extent to which employees have embraced our cause. The scale of the partnership has enabled us to gain valuable experience, which I believe will help us to secure future partnerships and continue to reach more children in need of our support.“

Jane Sharpe – CEO Rays of Sunshine


Charities of the Year has raised over £22.5 million since 1999 for 26 charities.

One Day

Charities of the Year raised almost £1.3 million through the bank’s One Day annual fundraising campaigns in 2018, where employees donated a day’s salary, that was matched by the bank.
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