Business Charity Awards: Corporate Foundation Award – the Berkeley Foundation

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

The Street Elite programme
The Street Elite programme

What is the foundation?

The Berkeley Foundation supports young people to secure housing, access employment, develop skills and build positive health and wellbeing.

What does it do?

The foundation works in partnership with the voluntary sector and others across London, Birmingham and the south of England to help young people overcome barriers, improve their lives and build a fairer society. Its work has four themes: tackling homelessness, providing access to employment, developing skills for success, and health and wellbeing.

It focuses on improving the lives of young people, helping youth organisations become more resilient and effective, and sharing its learning and insights.

Its resources are invested through seven long-term strategic partnerships, relationships with 20 local designated charities and its community investment fund.

Why did it win?

The foundation’s partnerships have reached more than 100 organisations and 24,000 people so far, helping people secure tenancies and avoid homelessness, move into work, develop new skills and access opportunities.

Its partnerships also enabled charities to leverage at least £387,000 from other funders last year.

Its Street Elite sports coaching and mentoring programme has reached 470 young people over eight years. Of these, more than 80 per cent have moved into employment, education or training (including 20 with Berkeley). In 2019, an external review calculated that Street Elite generates £10.72 in social value over three years for every £1 invested through reduced negative health behaviours, improved skills, employment, and engaged and active young people.

Its publications, reports, toolkits and events have helped other businesses to support young people into work, and 84 per cent of Berkeley staff felt volunteering through the foundation had improved their personal wellbeing.

What did the judges say?

Nick Scott, head of partnerships at War Child, described the foundation’s submission as excellent and said the foundation itself was “very impressive”.

He said: “Most of all, this just comes across as a thriving foundation with a strategy that is not just justifying the work and giving it focus, but is driving success.”

He said he loved the foundation’s “confidence and pride” in its work and impact.

Finalists

Octopus Giving

The Span Trust

The Wimbledon Foundation

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