Continued support of the wider community is integral to the culture at Marshall Wace. We seek to secure sustainable improvements in the lives of the most disadvantaged in our society, both within the UK and in certain developing countries abroad.
Ian Wace and Paul Marshall are founding trustees of Absolute Return for Kids (‘ARK’) and have been active members of its board since its launch in 2002. Ian Wace is the Chairman of ARK and Paul Marshall the Chairman of the ARK Schools programme. ARK is an international charity whose purpose is to transform children’s lives. Its strong, results-driven model identifies, creates, and delivers innovative programmes in the areas of education (UK and India), health care (Southern Africa), and child protection (Eastern Europe) that are scalable and sustainable.
ARK Schools runs a network of 37 primary and secondary state schools in London, Birmingham, Portsmouth and Hastings. The network serves some 27000 pupils, often from the most challenging backgrounds and neighbourhoods. The schools bring a unique approach to educating their pupils and have achieved outstanding results.
Marshall Wace actively supports employee charitable endeavours and encourages employees to participate in the Give as You Earn scheme. In recognition of this endeavour, the firm earned the Payroll Giving Diamond Award in 2018. All employee fundraising efforts and GAYE contributions are matched by the Marshall Wace Charitable Trust. A charity of the year programme operates in London, New York, and Hong Kong where a local employee committee selects a proposal from a member of the respective office to receive a substantial one-year award.
“Through the MW Charitable Trust matching scheme, I’ve raised over £28,000 for charities close to my heart” – Mark
In 2012 a university bursary and schools award programme was created where employees are actively involved in the interviewing and selection process to give awards to young people from challenging backgrounds to pursue a wide variety of further education studies. To date, 180 bursaries and over 1000 sixth form prizes have been awarded.
Past commitments include support for famine relief in Niger, disaster relief in Kashmir and Indonesia, as well as other staff-sponsored charities addressing critical issues in the areas of HIV/AIDS, children’s education and healthcare in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Pakistan, and Zambia. Marshall Wace also actively supports a number of activity-based events, including Action for Kids beach volley ball, Greenhouse Dodgeball, Teach First Run the River, and the Connecticut Cycling Challenge.
“MW actively encourages staff involvement in a wide range of social responsibility endeavours. For me, the university bursary programme is particularly rewarding – and humbling.” - Liz
Ark is an international charity, transforming children's lives through education. The charity exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life.
The CT Challenge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the millions of cancer survivors worldwide rebuild, improve, and prolong their lives through exercise, nutrition, mind-body health, and community-building support programs
The Connection at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square, one of London’s largest homeless shelters, helps thousands of homeless people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London.
Action for Kids' vision is of a world where all people living with a disability get to lead the life they choose, just like their non-disabled peers. Their mission is to enable as many young people with disabilities as possible the opportunity to work or volunteer in the community.