Business Charity Awards - Corporate Foundation Award: the Berkeley Foundation

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

The foundation helps hard-to-reach young people
The foundation helps hard-to-reach young people

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.

This 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.

What did the judges say? "Lots has been achieved in a short space of time," said Alix Wooding, assistant director of engagement at Anthony Nolan. "A great example of what can be achieved using a different model. It made me think 'why don't more companies do it this way?’"

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