The 2016 FIA Cares Corporate Challenge benefitting the Greater Chicago Food Depository raised a record-breaking total of $41,000, far surpassing the challenge’s fundraising goal of $30,000, and bringing FIA's fundraising totals for 2016 to approximately $625,000.
On May 13, FIA staff around the world participated in Futures for Kids Walk to Work Day. Learn more about how FIA staff are supporting a brighter future for kids in need.
FIA is proud to support the charitable activities of the industry and a number of charitable foundations around the globe. It is an important part of the organization's ethos to give something back to the community. FIA supports a variety of charities through our annual conferences and other events. Additionally, we profile the charitable efforts of our members in the Giving section of each issue of MarketVoice, FIA's flagship publication.
This charity provides a fundraising vehicle through which the listed and cleared derivatives industry can raise money to benefit charities working to improve the lives of children around the world. To date, FFK has raised over £2.25 million, distributed to a number of projects seeking to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children and young adults.
Charities supported by FFK to date include: Arts for All, Beyond Autism, Educaid, Every Child, HiCap, Hope HIV, Kids in Kathmandu, Princes Trust (Fairbridge), Whizz Kids and Young Epilepsy.
FFK raises funds through a range of events and is increasingly widely supported by individuals undertaking their own challenges, such as marathons and walks, in aid of the industry’s charity.
The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. In 2015, the Food Depository distributed 68 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 155,000 meals every day.
Boca Golf Tournament
FIA began hosting the annual Futures for Kids Charity Golf Tournament supporting Futures for Kids in 2015. Conference participants enjoy 18 holes and lunch on the beautiful Boca Raton Resort and Club Resort Course, and a portion of the greens fee goes directly to the charity.
IDX Gala Dinner
FIA's IDX Gala Dinner is held each year in aid of Futures for Kids. During the evening, there is a raffle, plus live and silent auctions to raise funds. Prizes range from holidays and event tickets to artwork and sporting memorabilia, and are donated by the industry and other organizations connected to FIA.
A memorable aspect of the IDX Gala Dinner is the annual Kilt Challenge. Each year, an industry leader pledges to go bare-legged to the dinner in return for donations to Futures for Kids. Jeremy Grant founded the tradition in 2010, donning his finest kilt and then passing on the sporran to a new challenger each year.
FIA Cares Corporate Challenge
Since 2012, FIA has helped increase the annual donations to the Greater Chicago Food Depository through the FIA Cares Corporate Challenge. The Corporate Challenge kicks off a few weeks before the FIA’s annual Futures and Options Exposition and wraps up in early December. The firm that raises the most money each year earns the coveted Golden Pig statue.
Great Chicago Steak Out
FIA organizes this annual event to coincide with the annual FIA Expo in Chicago held every fall. Since this event was first held, the futures community has raised more than $2,000,000 benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Asia Golf Tournament
Building on the success of the Boca Futures for Kids Charity Golf Tournament, FIA began hosting a Charity Golf Outing at the Singapore Island Country Club. Taking place on the hilly and deceptively easy Island Course, the FIA Derivatives Conference Charity Golf Outing is an 18-hole Scramble with a portion of the fees going directly to Futures for Kids.