Business Charity Awards: Corporate Foundation - Axis Foundation

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

What does it do?

The Axis Foundation is the charitable arm of Axis, a family owned contractor active in social housing. Launched in 2009, the charity is this year celebrating reaching £1m in its donations to 110 local causes. It aims to support small, local causes where funding can make the biggest difference. The funds come from an annual corporate donation by Axis and money raised through a charity ball and golf day organised by volunteers from within the business.

How does it spend its money?

The focus is on providing comfort and care for those with physical impairment or life-limiting illnesses, creating opportunity for people categorised as "hard to reach", reducing social exclusion and building community cohesion, skills development and medical research into cures for serious illness affecting children. All funding applications must both meet the foundation’s objectives and have a sustainable and long-term impact.

The foundation’s longest standing charity partner is Demelza children's hospice, and together Axis and the Axis Foundation have donated more than £600,000 to the hospice’s adopt-a-nurse programme. A donation to the Freddie Farmer Foundation purchased equipment for a disabled children's physiotherapy programme.

The donation that took the foundation over £1m was a cheque for £5,000 presented to For Jimmy, an organisation working to create safer and more cohesive communities.

Why did it win?

Since registration, the foundation has given 153 donations, ranging from horse-riding therapy programmes for physically impaired children to festival outings for the disabled, and from social seniors lunches to a last wish Disneyland family experience. The foundation has been supporting more causes and donating larger amounts each year.

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