Business Charity Awards: Charity Partnership, Telecoms and Technology – Liberty Global with Street Child

For an outstanding partnership between an organisation in the telecommunications and technology sectors and a UK charity

What is the partnership?

TV and broadband company Liberty Global has supported Lessons for Life, an African education charity founded by its former chief strategy officer, for 11 years. In 2019 the company recognised the potential for increasing Lessons for Life’s impact through a merger with NGO Street Child.

What did the company do?

Since 2008, Liberty Global has directly supported the raising of £25m in unrestricted income for Lessons for Life and subsequently Street Child.

Street Child benefits from an unrestricted annual core grant, as well as fundraising initiatives such as the Big Ride for Africa, which raise more than £2m a year.

When this event was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid-19, Liberty Global helped design and support a virtual version that raised more than £500,000.

Liberty Global used its experience with mergers and acquisitions to ensure the merger was a success. The company also provides business support to Street Child on a pro bono basis, and senior representatives sit on the charity’s board.

Liberty Global’s internal communications team works closely with Street Child to provide regular staff updates on the charity’s work.

Why did it win?

In 2019/20 Liberty Global contributed more than £2.4m in unrestricted funding to Street Child.

Since its inception the partnership has helped more than 300,000 people. Street Child has grown dramatically and currently delivers programmes in 16 countries across Africa and Asia.

What did the judges say?

“A partnership woven into the heart of both organisations at every level,” said one judge.


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