7th April 2021
Sally Rice’s Internship Experience
At first glance, you wouldn’t know that the Prism the Gift Fund (Prism) team consists of under 20 employees: they definitely live up to their reputation as expert administrators, catering for a number of individual and group needs. Somehow, they still manage to make the process of giving a seamless and stress-free one for all of their clients. During my internship at Prism, I was given a chance to peek at all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
There were 2 key aspects of working at Prism that particularly stood out for me:
Perhaps one of the advantages of being a smaller company is that the team is close knit and can speak to each other regularly- the sense of community at Prism is something I particularly appreciated during my time there. A definite highlight was starting the day with a regular morning call, for people to catch up with each other and discuss plans for the day ahead. Of course, in a lot of ways, the pandemic has made work relationships more difficult to maintain, however, alongside all the fatigue that video calling brings, it also provides us with an easy way to have quick, regular catchups with others. It’s lovely to start the day chatting to people, even for 15 minutes. It is a great way to focus the mind before we all set off on our individual tasks and allows you to clarify things with other members of your team (something you’d usually be able to do around the office).
Facilitating real change
For me, the joy of working for an organisation like Prism lies primarily in the fact that, through the work that is done, we are facilitating charitable groups and philanthropists to create a tangible impact. The strong partnerships that the Relationship Managers at Prism build with clients means that they are well acquainted with the work of the charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits they grant to. Prism’s administrative service is directly contributing towards increasing the flow of funds to charities around the world and the people their work impacts. I was given the opportunity to read through some of the Collective Fund impact reports’- an inspiring reminder of the difference made by charities, despite all the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the smaller tasks that I was introduced to, like filling out a due diligence form, or submitting a gift aid form to HMRC helps to further crucial work. This is especially important for smaller charities who may not have the resources to ensure everything is fully compliant themselves. It leaves time for the charitable groups operating under Prism to focus on the people they are serving and means the increasing number of regulations that charities need to adhere to doesn’t hinder the quality of work they do. You can tell that everyone who works at Prism is united by this shared sense of purpose: I really enjoyed being a part of it- thank you to all at Prism!