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Corporate Foundation Award

The Berkeley Foundation

Corporate Foundation Award

The Berkeley Foundation


For a corporate philanthropic foundation that has provided outstanding support to the charity sector

What does it do?

Set up in 2011 by house-building company the Berkeley Group, the Berkeley Foundation is a grant-making charity that helps the hardest-to-reach young people in London and the south. Its annual income is £1.5m and continues to grow, enabling the foundation to make more than £10m of grants since 2011. Core funding comes from Berkeley, supplemented by staff fundraising and payroll giving, all matched by the company.

How does it spend its money?

Resources are invested through relationships with 17 local charities, a smaller grants programme, and strategic partnerships that allow for more long-term investment. A partnership with the Change Foundation enabled the charity to extend its successful Street Elite programme to a younger cohort, and partnering with the Lord’s Taverners will allow the organisation’s Disability Cricket Championship to expand across all 32 London boroughs by 2018.

1This year the foundation launched three new strategic partnerships: The Money House, a homelessness prevention project for care leavers; a partnership with the Prince’s Trust to improve access to mental health services; and a Stem outreach programme with Imperial College.

Why did it win?

As a result of the foundation’s investment, charity partners were able to support more than 4,300 people in 2015/16, a number that is forecast to grow by 40 per cent to 6,000-plus this year.

High Commendation:

the innocent foundation